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Useful to the Master - Part 4

V.10 (cont'd.)

** What did Timothy know about the life and ministry of the apostle Paul?

Practically all there was to know! The list continues right into verse 11. A note just before we look at it, Paul said that Timothy "followed" all nine of these things in the list. What he is saying is that Timothy intimately knew all of this to be true about Paul. He had physically followed and studied the man. Now, about the list.

Timothy knew about Paul's...
teaching - apostolic teaching, cf. 2Timothy 4:3
conduct - matched the teaching, cf. Philippians 1:17-18
purpose - to fulfill his calling, cf. Acts 20:27
faith - [pistis] faithfulness, cf. 2Timothy 4:7
patience - [makrothumia] w/people, cf.John 21:15-17
love - Paul loved others in Christ, cf. Philippians 1:8
perseverance - circumstances, cf. Philippians 4:4-5
persecutions - Paul's history, cf. 2Corinthians 11:23-27
sufferings - Paul knew in advance, cf. 1Thessalonians 3:1-4

V.11 ** Where did these types of persecutions take place?

At Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra. Lystra was Timothy's hometown (Acts 16:1), and he may have witnessed the stoning of the apostle that took place in that city (Acts 14:19-22).

** How did Paul go through all of those persecutions?

He "endured" them. [hupophero] Lit: to bear by being under, this is a willingness to suffer.

** How did the Lord respond to this willingness to endure for His name sake?

He delivered Paul out of them all! cf. King David - Psalm 34:19
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - Daniel 3:17-18

V.12 ** Is the suffering of the apostle unique to him only?

No! "...indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted."

** Herein lies the first of seven components of Worshipful Conduct. Do you see it?

1) Desire Godliness - this is an obedient child of God following the will of His Master.

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