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A Sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12

which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. (ESV)

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What is the focus of Christianity? Some say that Christianity is about simply being a good moral man, others say that it is about religious experiences. But in this sermon from 2 Timothy 1:1-12, we find a very different answer. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Christianity from start to finish is concerned with the person and work of Jesus Christ. This Jesus was delivered up for our sins, rose from the dead in victory, and now reigns in heaven. We must not be distracted by anything other than Christ, for when Christianity is no longer about Christ, it seeks to be true religion. What do we do in Christianity if Christ is the source of salvation? We must not trust in ourselves, but rest wholly in Christ. We must understand that our relationship with God is not about our works, but about Jesus Christ’s unchanging love for us. This puts the emphasis away from our good works, which are important, and points us towards the works of Christ. We ought to live a life of good works not because we are seeking to justify ourselves, but because we have already been justified in Christ and are secure because He loves us.

Additional Scripture Translations

2 Timothy 1:12, New American Standard Bible

12For this reason I also suffer these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to protect what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

2 Timothy 1:12, King James Version

12For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.