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2 Timothy 4:9- 22

Author: Kent Berghuis

People--Problems and Provisions
2 Timothy 4:9- 22

Main idea:  Although people can cause us problems, people are the essence of ministry.

I.  Friends come and go, for good and bad reasons (9-13, 19-21).

	A.  There are friends we want close by in time of need.
		--Paul told Timothy to come quickly (9, 21), probably because it would be his last 
			chance to see him before his death.  In winter the ships could not easily 	
		travel, and Paul himself had been shipwrecked in an early winter storm.
		--He wanted Timothy to bring along his cloak because winter was approaching, 
		and his scrolls and parchments, to study and write in his remaining time.
	B.  There are friends who may desert us (10a).
		--Demas, a companion of Paul (Col 4:14), deserted him for selfish reasons.
	C.  There are friends who leave for God's reasons (10b).
		--Crescens and Titus are not criticized, and presumably went about ministry.  	
		Erastus, a fellow-traveler of Timothy's, stayed at Corinth (20), while 		
	Trophimus was left sick in Miletus.
	D.  There are friends who stick by us (11a).
		--Luke remained with Paul as his faithful doctor and secretary.  Priscilla and Aquila
		were Paul's companions, as were the household of Onesiphorus (19).  	
		Several Christians sent their greetings, so Paul was still in contact with them 	
		in Rome (20b).
	E.  There are friends who may renew their relationships with us (11b).
		--Mark had left Paul, causing division between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:37-39).
		 Yet now Paul wanted Mark to come along, because he had proven himself.
	F.  There are friends at our dispatch (12).
		--Tychicus was probably the carrier of Paul's earlier letters as well as this one 
		(Eph 6:21-22, Col 4:7-9).

II.  God will preserve us through opposition (14-18).

	A.  Be on guard against opponents in the church (14-15).
		--Alexander was mentioned in 1 Tim 1:20 as an opponent of Paul in Ephesus, 	
		whom Paul had handed over to Satan for his blasphemies.
		--While being on guard, don't take personal revenge, because the Lord will judge.

	B.  Find strength from the Lord in the midst of trials (16-18).
		--People may desert us out of timidity or other reasons, but we must be gracious 	
		toward them even as Paul was.  Anyone who stood up for Paul would likely 	
		have suffered his fate, and this was a difficult decision (16).
		--The Lord will be with us in our time of need, giving us an opportunity to testify 	
		for him (17).
		--The Lord will deliver us from trials either in this life (17b) or through death (18).

Conclusion: Paul leaves off his letter with what we most need in dealing with the ministry (22).
	1.  The presence of the Lord with our spirits.
	2.  The grace of God marking our existence.


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