Continue to Run the Race

The saying is sure:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful–
for he cannot deny himself.

From the second letter to St. Timothy.

Continuing in the second letter to St. Timothy, we read St. Paul exhorting St. Timothy to keep the faith, and in so doing, to suffer for it. “Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus,” Paul says. He has certainly suffered plenty for the Gospel, and while writing this letter, Paul is imprisoned in Rome for the last time. It is no small command. Paul’s parables of the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer, teach that the life of faith demands fidelity, has rules for conduct, and has an eternal reward. Continue Reading

By Faith We Press On

“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” from the second letter to St. 2 Timothy 1:(1-5)6-14

This is probably the last letter written by St. Paul, during the time of his second imprisonment in rome, perhaps from 66 to 68 AD. He knew that he would escape punishment this time. He probably knew he was near death. Continue Reading

The Good Fight of Faith

“Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” From the letter to St. Timothy,

As we continue our look at the first letter of St. Paul to St. Timothy, we notice language that is rich with theology, and full of encouragement to the bishop as he ministers among the people. Aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness, says St. Paul. Continue Reading