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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 role does Christianity take in your life? Is it a Sunday-only activity that helps you to meet other people? Do you take some of its points and mix it in with aspects from other worldviews? Or is it central to every aspect of your existence? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, many people think they can construct a worldview built from Christianity and other religions or ways of thought and still experience the hope that a follower of Christ has. But as Dr. Lloyd-Jones illustrates from 2 Timothy 1:12, you cannot have the benefits of Christianity without believing and following Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the Gospel and its importance for everyone. Jesus, the God-man, entered into time and became God in the flesh. In His living, He showed us how man is to live. In His sacrificial death and resurrection, He made a way for people to be made right with God and to have their sins forgiven. All that He claimed to be while alive was proven by His resurrection, showing that He is God and the Lord over all, even death. He established that death is not the end — He has conquered it. Friend, you cannot have this hope and confidence unless you are trusting in Jesus solely as your Savior from sin and following Him as your master. As the hymn states so beautifully, “What is our hope in life and death? Christ alone, Christ alone.” He alone can save and give us the hope we yearn for.

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.