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Devotional - week of August 22, 2010


protected reputations

 

For this reason 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 what I have committed to Him until that Day.  2 Timothy 1:12

 

What had Paul committed to God for His keeping? First, notice that his statement of the commitment to God follows the words, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed …” Consider these words in the light of 2 Timothy 2:7-8.

 

Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.

 

Paul was aware that the sufferings he endured made him look like a criminal (evildoer). Paul had committed to the Father his reputation of a doer of good and not a doer of evil. He was convinced that God would protect his reputation until Jesus returns.  

 

Jesus died as a criminal and now we know Him as Savior and Lord. Paul suffered like a criminal and today believers know him as the greatest Christian in the history of Christianity.

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Believers who understand and experience their oneness with Christ need this revelation from Jesus and Paul. Satan knows that a believer who experiences and shares the message of grace will do great damage to his kingdom.

 

In self-defense, Satan seeks to do damage the reputations of those experiencing and teaching the life of grace.

 

Our victory over Satan’s attempts to do damage to our reputations is trust in the Lord. He will protect our reputations just as he protected Paul’s reputation.