Chapter One, Lesson Three
CHRIST'S EXAMPLE Page
Read passage (V.12-14) (V.15-17)
V.12 ** With which attitude does Paul open our passage for today?
Paul begins his comments by expressing an attitude of gratitude, which
was the typical expression of his heart. cf. Romans 1:8, 1Corinthians
1:4, Philippians 1:3, Philemon 1:4
** To whom does Paul direct his thankfulness?
To Christ Jesus our Lord. Remember this is a personal
letter to a young man named Timothy and Paul is identifying with him
by referring to their common salvation through faith in the same Lord,
** What two things had Jesus Christ done for the apostle Paul, for which
he is now expressing his thankfulness?
1) Jesus Christ has strengthened Paul!
cf. 2Corinthians 9:8, 2Timothy 4:16-17 and Philippians 4:13
2) Jesus Christ put Paul into service.
cf. Acts 9:1-8, Acts 9:15-16, Acts 26:15-18
** Our Lord graciously chose Paul and put him into service on behalf
of the gospel and the Kingdom of
God; according to the middle of verse 12, why did Jesus Christ do that?
...because He considered [Paul] faithful...
** What does that say about how God evaluates mans heart potential
verses how we might do the same?
Paul was a murderer and was set against Christ, God and the gospel;
yet Christ knew the potential of his heart and saved him by Gods
grace to then suffer for the cause of Christ.
cf. 1Samuel 16:7, Hebrews 4:12
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