How to Finish
2 Timothy 4:7
1. He Had Not Dishonored God
a) Public Enemies That Sought To Destroy Him
b) Personal Enemies That Sought To Defile Him
2. He Had Disobeyed God
a) The Will of God Was Followed
b) The Will of God Was Fulfilled
3. He Had Not Disappointed God
a) A Faith to Be Guarded
b) A Faith to Be Given
1. Paul is coming to the end of his life and ministry. He seems to know in his heart that the time of his "departure is at hand" (2 Tim. 4:6). As he contemplates his death, J.C. Ryle said he was looking three ways. He was looking downward as he looked at the grave. He was looking backward as he thought his life and ministry. He was also looking forward as he thought of the Day of Judgment.
2. Andrew Telford said he was looking forward to his release, looking backward to his record, and looking upward to his reward.
3. Warren Wiersbe said he was looking around because he knew life was short. He was also looking back and looking ahead.
4. In verse 7 he is thinking about his impending death and as he does so, there is no remorse and there are no regrets. He was able to say, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." We see Paul finishing life and he is finishing strong and well.
5. Stephen Olford said, "There are two inescapable appointments in the life of every one of us. The one is the hour of our birth, and the other is the hour of our death. Birth ushers us into time, while death ushers us into eternity.
6. The question I want to raise is, when we come to the end of our life and it is time to be ushered into eternity how will we finish? Will we finish strong? Will we be able with Paul to look back at our life with no remorse or regrets? How will we finish?
7. In verse 7 Paul sees himself as a soldier, a runner, and a steward. How did he finish? Let's look at these three images by first noticing that:
1. HE HAD NOT DISHONORED GOD
1. Paul said, "I have foug ...
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