I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED
II Timothy 1:8-12
June 7, 1992
INTRODUCTION: Paul's imprisonment may have caused some
believer's embarrassment and shame because they had
misunderstood why Paul was in prison. However, in Paul's
statement we caught a glimpse of his victorious attitude. Paul
did not consider himself a prisoner of the Roman government; he
considered himself a prisoner of the Lord. As far as Paul was
concerned, God was still on the throne, so he did not have a
defeated attitude because of his circumstances.
It seemed as though God had given Paul the ability to stay
focused on the gospel as it related to his deposit into
Timothy's life, but at the same time, his passing days were
shaped and colored by the thought of the coming perfect day
(v.12). Several words come to mind that express how Paul and
others felt about his imprisonment.
I. DEALS WITH SHAME. V.8a
A. COMMENCEMENT: HIS GIFTS.
"therefore" - v.5 "unfeigned
faith"; v.6 "the gift of God";
v.7 "power, love, sound mind"
B. CLIMAX: HIS GOD.
1. HIS MASTER
"ashamed of the testimony
of our Lord"
It is a matchless honor to
be a Christian.
STORY: In one of the Italian
wars of many years ago, the
recruiting band was marching
through the villages gathering
young volunteers as it went, who
brought their weapons, a gun and
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