Three Plus One
II Timothy 4:6-21
INTRO: Paul knew he was about to die and these are his last words. He gives us some snapshots or minibiographies of some of the people he labored with that might be instructive to us.
I. DEMAS - NO ONE OF US EVER GETS BEYOND WORLDLINESS.
Worldliness is an attitude or philosophy of wanting to blend in with the world - to lose your identity as a Christian.
Demas is mentioned three times in the bible. First, as "my fellow servant" in Philemon 24, then just as "Demas" in Col. 4:13 to this passage in II Tim. 4:10 ". forsaken me, having loved this present world."
Demas went to Thessolanica to blend in--not to forsake the Lord -- his heart just got cold and you can lose yourself in a large place. He just forsook Paul. For a long time Demas had been loving the world but has now made a choice. It doesn't happen overnight.
Demas must have done a lot of good things in his life, having been a servant with Paul but he was branded by his final act.
Paul contrasts himself with Demas in verse 7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.". It's not how fast you run, it's whether you FINISH THE COURSE.
II. LUKE - NO ONE OF US EVER GETS BEYOND USEFULNESS
Dr. Luke is the only one who is still with Paul. In v. 11 he says, "only Luke is with me".
In Col. 14 he is called the "beloved physician".
Luke wrote the book of Acts and the Gospel of Luke. He was an educated historian, diligent researcher and theologian, using the finest Greek in the New Testament.
He joined with Paul at Tarsus for missionary journeys, spending most of his life in the background and was the ...
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