His Way – The Victorious Church – Timothy’s Letter Word
I want us to pull back the veil and focus into the life of a young man, named Timothy. Timothy was the adopted spiritual son of Apostle Paul.
This shows Apostle Paul’s heart as a father. This was one of his last written and known letters in the Word of God. Paul was in prison as he wrote this, so imagine the feeling of writing his memoirs, his last, sober and somber letter to his beloved son, Timothy.
Paul is in prison and is prayerfully contemplating his life with the Lord.
Paul established the Church in Ephesus and because Paul needed to move on to fulfill the Great Commission, he left his son, his disciple, his protege Timothy there in Ephesus.
Many people have said that the two letters to Timothy is the main backboard for how to run a church. Because Paul writes out a number of things on how to properly manage the church, from doctrine, to choosing leaders, to false teachers, to public and cooperate worship, to being a church of love. It is filled with the foundation teachings of how the Church should be regulated.
And though I want us to be knowledgable in these things, in the important doings, I want us to be more focused in being human. In the human beings of Paul and Timothy in this time. May we be like Timothy.
WHO IS TIMOTHY?
Timothy was a young leader who was raised in a devout home of the faith, of his mother and grandmother.
But Timothy was also younger than most men at the time and he was timid. He was also only partly Jew. So because of this cultural barriers, he often felt hindered and less than.
Have you ever felt less than or hindered because of something? Because of your culture? Your history? Your past? Your family? Your family name? Maybe you’re too this or too that? Maybe you’re too short or too fat? Maybe you feel that you’re too shy, too small, that you don’t have a voice?
INERITANCE – FATHERS & SONS
But see, the Father is a God who always makes the weak strong, who turns slaves into free, who causes the poor to be rich, who fills the hungry and thirsty, who gives laughter and joy to those who are mourning, who gives life to the barren and dead, who gives freedom to those whom are captive. Jesus is the perfect leader who always sees the gold in somebody. And that’s the capsulation or the definition of our faith, of prophetic ministry, of love:
We choose to see the gold and the best in people.
God is a God who always chooses the least likely of candidates. Who makes the odd, even and who chooses the foolish things of the earth and confounds the wise.
And that’s what the Apostle Paul did. He believed in Timothy when nobody else did. He saw the gold in this guy. He took him under his wings and fathered him.
1 Timothy 1:2 – “To Timothy, a true son in the faith:
2 Timothy 2:2 – “To Timothy, a beloved son.”
The Church is about sons and daughters, fathers and mothers. The church is about inheritance. Everything in the Kingdom is inherited. It’s received and not achieved.
Many of us we’re trying to work for something, earn something, achieve something, when everything’s already been done and won and all we have to do is receive these gifts by faith through grace. It’s only by grace that we can stand.
The Church is more so about love than it is about work. It’s more so about family than it is about a mission.
Charasmata – Charasmatic – Gifts of the Spirit. Spiritual gifts. Abba Father is a Giver of good things from Heaven above, from perfect, from goodness, peace, and wholeness, where there is no corruption!
Timothy was a young man, who was in his young 30’s. Now that may not be young to us, but in the Hebrew culture, that was when people really became a man or a woman and really entered into their profession or their career. That was when Jesus entered into His earthly ministry of presenting the Kingdom of Heaven.
The two letters to his son Timothy are words of fatherly advice to himself personally and as well, how to manage and be the best at being a pastor, a bishop, a leader of
The Ephesian Church later on became the hub, the beacon, the leading Church in the area. In the book of Revelations, Jesus addresses the Ephesians Church first. Because of it’s significance. As we know even in the Book of Acts, as healings and signs and wonders broke out, a riot also broke out because all of the witches and idolaters were burning their books of black magic and their idols of carved images.
This is what the fatherly love and advice to did to the son Timothy, encouraging and strengthening him to raise the Church and not to give up. And that’s what a true father does. That’s what the true Church does.