Why do people feel shame? I think of some times in life when I see shame in the faces of my children. That shame is because they knew they had done something wrong. Shame is an emotion that is not felt by the innocent. Shame is felt by the guilty.
Our text this morning is from 2 Timothy 1:7-10 and provides us the lesson that we do not need to be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to boast in the Lord and Him alone.
God’s holy calling of the Christian results in our salvation and also is a command for us to be holy.
Words of the wise Paul to his child in the faith, Timothy. Paul is writing from prison: The aged apostle was now a prisoner of the emperor (probably Nero) and facing almost certain death. Timothy must not be so fearful as to be ashamed to visit Paul in prison.
2 Timothy 1:7–10 (ESV)
7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
Point 1: God’s spirit
Not of fear
Fruits of the spirit — Galatians 5:22
Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian
Point 2: Skip the Shame (verse 8)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Do not be ashamed of your testimony, of how God has saved you and works in your life; espouse that far and wide; preach the gospel in your life
Mark 8:38 —> Jesus will be ashamed of those ashamed of Him, at time of judgement
For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
How did the 1st century Christian share in suffering? How can we share in suffering?
Point 3: Saved AND Called (verse 9)
Embrace your calling, a holy calling from the Lord. Understand what your calling entails.
We are not just saved and put on a shelf. We are saved through a holy calling, we are saved to action. We are saved to do the work of the Lord. We are saved to serve the world like Jesus would. We are saved to preach the gospel. We are saved to love our neighbor. We are saved to do ministry.
By nothing that we have done; not by our willingness to feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Tend to the sick. Build houses for the homeless. All these are great things, but they do NOT save.
God’s grace is what saves. God’s grace is extended to us, but we do not deserve it.
Election – you were chosen before the beginning of time itself.
Point 4: Death is dead; immortality is forever (verse 10)
Salvation is from Jesus Christ alone; salvation has been manifested through the coming of Jesus Christ.
Death has lost it’s sting; death has been removed / abolished. Those that experience salvation in Jesus Christ, rejoice, because you will never experience death. Death is dead to you.
Life has been given to you in Jesus Christ; life that you never had before.
Eternal life lasts forever. Amen.
Light through the gospel —> Exposed through the gospel message; through the work on the cross of Jesus Christ.
Why do we not share this great testimony the Lord has given to us?
of what others will think of us.
of the consequences of stating what we believe.
Shy — lack of boldness to stand up for our faith.
Ashamed? We know that Jesus will be ashamed of those ashamed of Him.
Share this great testimony — share the gospel in all the places the Lord puts you in (school, home, market); hiding a light under a basket is foolish
Never lose our focus on what we are saved from and to
God’s grace is something we do not deserve, but He still offered it to us.
Death is dead by the work of Jesus Christ — let’s praise Him this morning and thank Him for His grace.