2 Timothy 4:16-18

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16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

5 responses to “2 Timothy 4:16-18

  1. Verse 16 is talking about how if we desert God that it won’t be held aganist us.But in verse 17 is like a slap in the face kinda, it talks about how every tiem we needed God he was there and how he gave us strength when we needed it.Verse 18 really sticks out to me about how the Lord will rescue me from anything that brings me harm when i call on him it just sounds so great to be able to call on him, not like having to wait for your friend to come over or answer the phone when you need them.

  2. In this passage Paul is speaking about his court hearings. In verse 16 he is saying that during his first court hearing no one showed up to vouch for him. Verse 17 shows us that even during Paul’s court hearings he took an opportunity to tell the Gentiles about the message of Christ. When he says he was delivered from the lion’s mouth it meant that this first court hearing did not result in a guilty verdict. Paul was expecting to die soon so when he speaks of rescue in verse 18 it might mean a spiritual rescue as opposed to a physical one. Rescuing him from every evil attack may also be reffering to keeping him from falling into temptation that could compromise the message of salvation.

    I think we can learn a lot from Paul’s actions in this passage.
    1. He forgave those that deserted him.
    2. He trusted in God when he was alone.
    3. He witnessed to others even when he was alone, and when being accused of a crime.
    4. He always trusted that God would rescue him in one way or another.
    5. He continually gave glory to God.

  3. Paul says that the Lord will rescue him from every attack, and He will. The Lord will rescue us as well, if we trust in Him. But we have to remember that His plan and His ways are not always our ways. We usually want to be rescued by not having to endure the trial or test. Christ may choose to rescue us by throwing us into the lion’s den, shutting the door for the night, and keeping the lion’s mouths shut. We have to look them in the eyes and hear their roars, but He delivers us from their bite.

    Our purpose it to bring glory to the Christ and He has the right to use our circumstances for that purpose. Remember that Paul is writing about the deliverance of the Lord while he is locked up in a Roman jail.

  4. When i read this it reminded me of how we all get in fights with our friends or we are having trouble with our family and how we dont talk to them anymore or how we just put them out of our lives all together. Well God is always going to be there when you have fights with your friends/ family and that God isnt going to leave you or hate you because of what you have done. God is going to love you no matter what you do in your lifetime.

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