2 Timothy 1:10 – January 23, 2020

but now made manifest through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10 NABRE     

Paul is in prison in Rome, very near the end of his life, he seemingly has no hope of gaining freedom or escape. In his own words he says, “I have completed the race.” Much of what is written in this letter seems to be Paul’s last message, a farewell, given to his closest and beloved disciple, Timothy. He opens with thanks for his disciple, constantly in prayer remembering him. Paul is looking to Christ for strength. Paul says Christ saved us and called us. It was a holy calling according to a design God had from the beginning. Paul repeats an often spoken message of his that it was not works that saved them but grace, a union with Christ who is full of grace. It was Christ’s appearance, an epiphany, an incarnation of the whole of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. For Paul resurrection is a key theme in his preaching. Paul stresses how resurrection has changed everything. In this passage it is resurrection that destroyed death and brought life and immortality. Paul sees this as a light through the gospel, a mystery revealed. This is a message that is sort of a “ah-hah” moment, it is an intellectual and spiritual awakening. Even though Paul is close to death he wants to say it one more time, he wants to speak about the message of resurrection again. Paul speaks of it as a light from the gospel that makes him aware of the spiritual and bodily resurrection presented through the gospel. For Paul resurrection is everything. 

Paul knows Christ has destroyed death and although in this life we die, it is really a walking through a door to another realm. Paul is sure death is no more.

How do you feel about death? Do you trust resurrection?

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