A TALE OF FOUR MEN
II TIMOTHY 4:9
In our reading this evening from 2 Timothy we have Paul's last words to his young protégé, Timothy. Turn with me to 2 Timothy 4 verses 9-22. You know that Paul is in prison in Rome awaiting trial, which will ultimately lead to his martyrdom for the sake of the gospel. Winter is approaching and he sends some final instructions to the young Timothy, who is the recipient of this letter.
This is the story of the man that loved the wrong world.
What changed in Demas' life that he would desert Luke and Paul for the world? You know I think it is fair to say that Demas did not just waken up one morning in Rome and decide to give it all up and desert Paul.
Paul tells us that he loved the world more. The world became more attractive to him than the hardships, the long journeys, the dangerous persecutions and the opposition that they endured in preaching the gospel.
It may well have been that Demas over a period of time compromised one step at a time until he found himself far from the Lord Jesus, far from the gospel and he just walked away.
In this last will and testament the Apostle Paul gives us an insight into four extremely interesting Church members for he recalls Demas, Mark, Alexander and Luke.
Now the fact is you will find their counterpart in virtually every congregation in the world for you will fit into one of these molds.
I. DEMAS THE FAILING DISCIPLE
Demas has deserted his first love (Rev.2.4). You know the startling thing is that Demas has his freedom whilst Paul is in prison but ask yourself: "Who is really the free man here?"
Demas may appear to have freedom but he is actually in bondage to the world. Paul may be in a physical prison ( no bigger than your bedroom, solid rock in the ceiling, solid rock for walls, solid rock for the floor, just a little hole in which the light might come through) but if you look at verse 18 you quickly realize that he is in fact free.
Paul w ...
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