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An Approved Servant of the Lord is One Who Is Faithful To the End

by Larry Miles

larry123Jesus is coming  again!  This is  one of the  greatest  promises that   we have in the Word of God.  We  don’t  know when, but  must be  ready at all times.  The Bible teaches  faithfulness. We are to be active in our  service to the  Risen Lord. We are in the Lord’s army for the  “duration.” Our  service  to Him has  both earthly  and eternal ramifications.   The Lord  expects  us  to be  in  His  service  for the  duration, not  just when it is convenient.

In  2 Timothy 4:5-8, Paul gives  what some have  called his “Last Will and Testament.” Probably the  whole  chapter  could be  thus  classified. He  knows  his “earthly race” is nearing its  end so he  wants to  encourage Timothy  to remain faithful  to the  cause of Christ.

In 2 Tim. 4:1-4 Paul  has  stressed the  fact that  all of us  must  be  consistent in our  faith and in our  preaching and teaching.  We  must  stand  upon the Word of God at  all times. He  says that some are  departing  from the  faith and following  false teachers. He  tells us to remain true. These verse are the  background for 2 Tim. 4:5-8.  Timothy, as are all of us, is commanded to not follow the false teachers but stand faithful to God.

We want to break down these  verses. This series of articles shows how all of us can remain faithful and encourage others to do the  same.


This series of articles can be found at:



Larry Miles is an editor of www.wordandwork.org and preaches  once a  month  at  Mackville Church of Christ in Mackville, KY

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2 Corinthians 12:10