2 Timothy 1:8-9 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
In Christ we have nothing to be ashamed of because our confidence is in the testimony of our Lord. What is that Testimony? JESUS DIED, HE WAS BURIED, AND HE ROSE ON THIRD DAY, AND HE ASCENDED BACK TO GLORY and SIT ON THE RIGHT HAND THRONE OF GOD AS THE GOD MAN MAKING INTERCESSION BETWEEN A DIVINE PERFECT LOVING FATHER AND A FALLEN BROKEN IMMORAL SINFUL HUMANITY.
NOR OF ME HIS PRISONER-Paul identified as a Prisoner of the Lord and if Timothy was ashamed to freely preach the Gospel Message of the Lord, he would be denying his relationship to his brother in Christ Paul. Paul perceived his bondage as his badge of honor to suffer on the Lord’s behalf.
BE THOU A PARTAKER OF THE AFFLICTIONS OF GOSPEL ACCORDING TO POWER OF GOD
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