In Times Like These We Need Jesus
II Timothy 1:1
You've probably heard the old joke about the fellow who was told, "Cheer up. Things could be worse." So he said, "I did as I was told. I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse." That in an essence is the message of II Timothy.
The Apostle Paul, writing from a prison cell in Rome, knowing that his own death was in sight, warns his young protégé Timothy of difficult days to come. Although he never loses his faith in God, it is clear that the aged apostle was deeply concerned about the trends he saw all around him.
Hard times were coming; days of stress were just around the corner. If a man was not ready, if he didn't buttress himself in advance, he might be washed away when things got really hot.
There is the peril of materialism that control the minds and hearts of men. There is the peril of militarism we have wars and rumors of wars on ever hand. We have moral perils. The new morality is blinding and blighting this generation of young people like never before. We have mental perils for the mind of man cannot cope with the terrifying things that are happening in the world today.
We have marital perils that affect even ministers. A pastor 55 years old married for 24 years just recently left his wife for a woman 20 years younger. His wife recently said he has absolutely no remorse.
I. THE PROMISE OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS
2 Tim. 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
Notice in the verse we have the promise of life.
Man is dead spiritually speaking and there is nothing man needs more than life. In the Bible it is called "eternal life" or "everlasting life".
Man greatest need is not higher education. Man greatest need is not to be a successful businessman. Man greatest need is not position or power or prominence or prestige.
Man greatest need is to possess this eternal life that is found in a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. God has made a promise of life to mankind through faith in the Lord Jesus.
And this is the promise that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:11-13
John states plainly, "He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life." (1 John 5:12). How much more direct and simple could he possibly be? There is no in between. Every person is either saved or lost, and the only issue is whether of not he "has the Son."
Do not let pride keep you from genuinely seeking the Savior, and examining your heart. Again, hear the warning of the Lord:
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yoursel ...
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