Saturday, February 1, 2014

Seeing Second Timothy as Written in Paul's Lifeblood

The chief purpose of this letter is to confirm Timothy both in the faith of the Gospel and in his pure and constant preaching of it. But the circumstances of the time add especial weight to these exhortations. Paul had before his eyes the death he was ready to suffer as a testimony to the Gospel. Thus all that we read here about the kingdom of Christ, the hope of life eternal, the Christian warfare, confidence in confessing Christ, and the certainty of doctrine should be seen as written not merely in ink but in Paul's lifeblood; for he asserts nothing for which he is not ready to offer the pledge of his death.
—John Calvin, The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians and the Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon (eds., Torrance, David W., and Torrance, Thomas F; trans. Smail, T. A.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996), 287.


Scott Polender said...

Wow. Follow me as I follow Christ! This is refreshing!

Jeff Wencel said...

That's the kind of comittment to the Gospel I want to follow, Scott. Not a domesticated "everyone seeking his own interests" attachment to the Gospel.

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