Chapter Two, Lesson Four
THE JOY OF FAITHFULNESS Page
** So Paul is willing to give up his beloved Timothy, while at the same
time being surrounded by believers who repeatedly let him down - all the
while he is continually rejoicing. As we look even deeper into verse 21
we will learn the secret of how Paul was able to do this. What is it?
Paul only sought after the interests of Christ! By pointing out the
error of those Christians in Rome, he is by implication showing us where
his own heart was at; following after the will of Jesus.
cf. Ephesians 6:5-6 "...doing the will of God from the heart..."
Mark 3:35 "For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and
sister and mother."
1Peter 4:2 "live...for the will of God."
V.22 ** When we see faithfulness to the Lord in the heart of a
brother or sister, it should always produce a joy in our own heart. And
so it does with Paul, what does he say that the Philippians knew about
They knew of his "proven worth" - dokimasia lit. "a
testing" or "a proving"
The Philippians had seen Timothy in action and knew him to be trustworthy
and faithful; of extreme value or worth to Paul, themselves and to the
** How was Timothy's faithfulness manifested?
"...he served with [Paul] in the furtherance of the gospel..."
** From what illustration in life does Paul draw to describe just how
Timothy served with him?
The family! "...like a child serving his father."
Theirs was a tender, extremely valuable relationship, designed by God
for the advancement of the kingdom. cf. 1Timothy 1:2, 18 and 2Timothy
This should leave no question in the mind of the reader as to how greatly
Paul valued Timothy.
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