From the controversial point of view, this may appear to favour the doctrine and practice of the Church of Rome, but facts are facts apart from their controversial bearing. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus. 1. The apostle’s thoughts were often dwelling on this day; it was a day very frequently in his contemplation. mercy from the Lord,’ suggests the thought that the former is equivalent to ‘God grant as referring to the Father, the latter to the Lord Jesus as the Judge of quick and dead in the great day. It has already been observed, that the prayer of the apostle is that peculiar form of prayer which is known by the name of intercession. Deeply did the grateful and generous heart of Paul feel the kindness of Onesiphorus. 18. δῴη αὐτῷ ὁ κύριος κ.τ.λ., may the Lord, sc. And if this promise does not powerfully animate and encourage us to the exercise of kindness, we are worse than stupid. And while many desert the cause of Christ, and his suffering servants, like Phygellus and Hermogenes, blessed be God, there are others, who, like Onesiphorus, are not ashamed to own them in the worst of times; but are willing to seek opportunities of shewing all possible regard to them. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. 1801-1803. When Paul was at Ephesus, it would seem that Onesiphorus had showed him great kindness. καὶ ὅσα ἐν Ἐφέσῳ διηκόνησεν. St. Paul, when he prays that Onesiphorus may find mercy in that day, clearly intimates it to be possible that he may not find it. N.T.oThe sense is comparative; better than I can tell you. As though to force on our minds the point I am urging--A conviction that the holiest of men still need God’s mercy--he adds this word “mercy” to the other two. “that day.” Its date is not given. The Judge is at the door. ), as 2 Maccabees 12:44-45 establishes beyond question. It intimates also that this day is a most important one. 2 Timothy 4:19), thou knowest well (the comparative is not for the positive, here or any where: but the signification is, ‘better, than that I need remind thee’). There are many considerations besides which go to illustrate the high importance and exceeding desirableness of mercy on that day; and one of these is, that it will then be felt to be peculiarly needful. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-timothy-1.html. The repetition ὁ κύριος … παρὰ κυρίου is a little awkward, but probably the phrase δῴη αὐτῷ ὁ κύριος was a common introductory formula, so that the addition παρὰ κυρίου would not occur to the writer as strange. A. WHAT a lovely representation Paul hath given in this Chapter, of the Covenant love, and faithfulness, of God the Father, in the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus! It will be long enough for the deliberate judgment of all men. It is immaterial whether we explain ὁ κύριος, in this verse, of God the Father, the source of judgment, or of God the Son, the instrument of judgment. It is indeed the very same thing, only its object is different. Hear what he says, “O Lord, there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared.” He felt that the goodness of God led him to repentance. By "mercy", he means the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life; or that crown of righteousness and everlasting glory and happiness, which will be a grant from the Lord, or a free gift through Jesus Christ; the effect of pure grace and mercy, and not of merit. IV. It is also to be observed that the importance of an interest in Divine mercy at that day appears in the fact that if it be not then enjoyed the hope of it can be cherished no more. Men are all advancing towards a solemn and momentous period. In conclusion, there is one inference very naturally suggested by the last remarks: If these statements are true, how wise it is, setting aside the pure love of benevolence altogether, to be kind to the people of God, especially to the pious poor! ), Paul’s good wish on behalf of Onesiphorus. Timothy being at Ephesus, of which city Onesiphorus seems to have been, and that when the apostle was there, he very freely communicated to him, as Timothy, who was with him there, knew very well: the apostle does not forget, but remembers former kindnesses, as well as takes notice of present favours, and which shows a grateful mind. But ten thousand times rather would I have laid this poor and apparently helpless captive under obligations to me by kindness to him, than have merited, by the most splendid civil or military services, the gratitude and reward of him who wore the imperial purple. The inference, then, that we draw from this prayer is this obvious one--our final salvation, the deliverance of even the best of men in the great day of the Lord, will be aa act of mercy. 2 Timothy 1:18. δῴη, give) A pathetic Anaphora [the frequent repetition of a word in beginnings of sections. I thank God whom I serve from my forefathers, as a true child of Abraham, and descendant of the patriarchs, with pure conscience, purged now from dead works by a Redeemer's blood, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day, which I statedly offer at a throne of grace morning and evening, presenting thee also before the throne of grace at other times; greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, and the distress which appeared at our last parting, that I may be filled with joy, if it so please the Lord, by our happy meeting again: and it more engages my heart to thee, when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, and which has been proved on so many occasions, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also, who treadest in the same steps. The Day of Judgment. βέλτιον σὺ γινώσκεις, thou knowest, of thine own personal knowledge, very well. “That day” (see note on verse 12). Compared with every other period in the history of the universe, does it not stand out in unparalleled importance? But another mode of expressing friendship was left him, and as he was shut up to it by circumstances, so he turned to it with fondness. I. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. merely = ἑαυτοῦ, or to enter into theological distinctions between κύριος as the Father, and παρὰ κυρίου as from the Son, the Judge) in that day (see on 2 Timothy 1:12): and how many services he did (to me: or, to the saints: the general expression will admit of either) in Ephesus (being probably an Ephesian, cf. May such a spirit be in every minister! He might have lavished upon me all the favours of the imperial court. Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1–12. Daily devotional with John Piper. 2 Timothy 1:18 Context. As the waters of a spring, when prevented from flowing forth in their natural channel, mount forcibly up towards heaven--as the portion that is prevented, by exhalation, from diffusing fertility along the course of the stream, descends afterwards in fertilising showers; so the emotions of his overflowing heart, being pent up in one direction by the tyranny of man, ascended in devout aspiration to God, and though seeming to vanish in the vapour of fruitless wishes, entailed the communication of invaluable blessings. The mercy. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/2-timothy-1.html. Mercy, in the strict sense of the word, is kindness exercised towards the wretched; but then there is another use of the term and a more common one. How concerned are they that a due improvement be made of the gifts of the Spirit, which are graciously bestowed upon their brethren in the ministry, who are endowed, according to the spirit of the gospel, not with a timorous, cowardly temper, but with holy fortitude and love, sobriety, wisdom, and sound judgment, for fulfilling their trust, in the midst of all difficulties, opposition, and danger! Of the Lord—A similar repetition of the word Lord in Genesis 19:24. (4) in the general apostasy, the turning away of those on whom he might have relied, it is refreshing and interesting, to find mention made of one unshaken friend; 2 Timothy 1:16.
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