He gives several warnings and helpful reminders about how we can grow in our faith, maximize our giftings and also develop as leaders. Did you ever see a squad of raw recruits being drilled in the barrack-yard? 1851. This declaration is a testimony of eminent faith; for not only was Paul accounted wretched in the opinion of all, but his death also was to be ignominious. Posted in Daily Devotional Tagged 2 Chronicles 7:14, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Acts 3:19, Ecclesiastes 3:1, Ecclesiastes 3:17, Isaiah 33:22, James 4:12, James 5:20, John 15:10, Revelation 3:20 Follow Me! When he knows a little corner of it, and also knows that there is a great stretch behind that is unknown, that is a state of things that tries his mettle. Comp. His first waking thought was, ‘What is God’s will for me to-day? 1983-1999. Daily Devotion – Hebrews 13:1-2 – Whose Life Matters? This is the work that life does upon faith. A man does well to be distrustful as regards his use of the years of life that may remain to him; but when the life that he has lived has been admittedly lived “in the faith which is in the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20), mock modesty becomes mischievous ingratitude. From 2 Timothy: A 4-Day Devotional. The plan seems tentative. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/2-timothy-4.html. A good fight; more literally, the good fight; that, namely, prescribed to me by my Lord. te leo. Is the Christianity of the average church member and professing Christian a continuous advance? What had been expressed before figuratively is now stated simply. To find a pace of faith that is sustainable. New York, USA. St. Paul changes the metaphor, and adopts his old favourite one, so familiar to all Gentile readers, of the athlete contending in the games. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. I have finished my course, or race; the race of life set before him, his course of years; his days were extinct, the grave was ready for him, and he for that; his last sands were dropping, and he was just going the way of all flesh; or else he means the course of his ministry, which he desired to finish with joy, and was now finishing; Acts 13:25 he was now got to the end of his line, to Rome, where he was to be a martyr for Christ, Acts 23:11 so that he now concluded his work was done, and his warfare accomplished: I have kept the faith; by which he means, not so much the grace of faith, that was kept by Christ, the object, author, and finisher of it, and through his effectual grace and powerful intercession; but rather the profession of faith, which he had held fast without wavering; and chiefly the doctrine of faith, which was committed to his trust, which he had kept pure and incorrupt against all opposition; unless his faithfulness and integrity in the ministerial work should be thought rather to be intended; and which sense is favoured by the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, which render it, "I have kept my faith"; or have been faithful to my trust, as a good steward of the mysteries of God; not concealing and keeping back any thing that was profitable, but declaring the whole counsel of God; and now what remained for him was the crown of righteousness; and this he says for the comfort and encouragement and imitation of Timothy and others. The consciousness of definite duties loomed larger than anything else before him. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, I. No. [Note: Fee, p289; Lea, p248.]. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/2-timothy-4.html. And why should they not be motives for us all? Topics: (2) Because here victory is unmingled joy. Not for him a straying into false teaching or loose living. panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; Paul might be our example here - do all that you can do and do it as best you can, then rely on the knowledge that you have done what God has desired of you. Compare 1 Corinthians 9:26; 1 Timothy 6:12. Finished my course; the Christian race appointed me.