Note; (1.) 2 Timothy 1:18 Context. 1871-8. . 2 Timothy 4:18, ESV: "The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.To him be the glory forever and ever. Some other intercession, some other sacrifice, some other atonement, he imagines, must be made for him, beyond what he himself is capable of making, before the purity of the Divine justice can be reconciled to his manifold offences.” It may perhaps be said, if the apostle’s views were such as have now been described, if he believed that justice must pronounce a sentence of condemnation on all without exception, on what could he found a hope that either himself, or his benefactor, or any other man, will find mercy of the Lord at that day? We see: (1) A holy man imprisoned and about to die. He proposes to him his own example. But being uncertain whether he should be suffered to live to see him, Paul gives a variety of advices and encouragements, for the faithful discharge of his ministerial duties. Not to find mercy on that day is to be undone, altogether and eternally undone. This charge I commit unto thee. Who then, with such views, can doubt salvation, while knowing whom he hath believed? . The Lord grant - that he may find mercy of the Lord - Some think that this is a prayer to God the Father to communicate grace to him, that he might find mercy in the great day at the hand of Jesus Christ the Judge. See Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 9:6; Genesis 9:16; Genesis 19:24. To such a being he can scarce imagine that his littleness and weakness should ever seem to be the proper object either of esteem or regard. The repetition ὁ κύριος … παρὰ κυρίου is a little awkward, but probably the phrase δῴη αὐτῷ ὁ κύριος was a common introductory formula, so that the addition παρὰ κυρίου would not occur to the writer as strange. Did he request his noble converts in the palace--for some such there were of the emperor’s household--to exert their power to procure for Onesiphorus some post of honour and emolument in the civil or military establishment of Rome? It is language coming warm from a most tender and deeply grateful heart. Compare Hebrews 6:10. It is impossible to read this chapter over without feeling deeply interested for this most noble and amiable of men. The very idea, then, of mercy naturally shuts out all idea of merit. “Let every friend who observeth this pray for me” are the closing words of the epitaph on the tomb of Abercius, Bp of Hierapolis (160 A.D.), and they are typical of a large number of sepulchral Christian inscriptions in the Catacombs and elsewhere. II. and in the Received Text of 2 Timothy 1:17 of this chapter. cit., p. 240. We readily admit, however, or rather we assert it as an important truth, that his religion, though it extinguished none of these feelings, modified them all. The phrase, "unto me", is not in the Greek copies, though it is in the Vulgate Latin and in all the Oriental versions; wherefore the words may be understood of the things which Onesiphorus had ministered to Timothy, and to the church at Ephesus, and to the poor saints there; which Timothy was "better" acquainted with than the apostle could be, he being on the spot: and now since there were so many fallen off, and so few that remained hearty and faithful, but one Onesiphorus to all them that were in Asia; the apostle exhorts to firmness and constancy, in a dependence on the Spirit and grace of God, as follows. But this only proves that he was not at Ephesus at the time of writing (it seems a most improbable conjecture that he was actually then at Rome). Whether it is possible to obtain mercy? They are now seeking mercy, and seeking it in that one way, in which alone God has promised to bestow it. He even distrusts the efficacy of all these, and naturally fears, lest the wisdom of God should not, like the weakness of man, be prevailed upon to spare the crime by the most importunate lamentations of the criminal. It intimates also that this day is a most important one. This chapter is full of interest, and may suggest many interesting reflections. The steadfastness of Onesiphorus. βέλτιον σὺ γινώσκεις, thou knowest, of thine own personal knowledge, very well. V. Those who have the hope of mercy should desire its participation by others. This will differ from all other days. His affection for him did not change when he became a prisoner. The Greek word διηκόνσεν, rendered “he ministered,” has given rise to the suggestion that Onesiphorus was a deacon at Ephesus. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-timothy-1.html. All Christians, and ministers especially, must prepare for the cross, and expect it. But these assertions prove only that those who make them are unacquainted with the religion, which they blindly assail. The reference to the great day of judgment falls in with this hypothesis. Who then will find mercy? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/2-timothy-1.html. The “charge” to which Paul alludes does not refer to what he said in the third and fifth verses, but points on to what follows--to that good warfare which Timothy was summoned to undertake against evil. How did he view his relationship with Timothy? The mercy of God is diligently to be sought in the present world. let my poor soul, never be ashamed of the Lord's testimony; nor of the golden chain, of being Christ's prisoner! That there will be some who in that day will not find mercy of the Lord. The great mass of mankind demonstrate by their conduct that, whatever may be their occasional fears and desires, the prevailing habit of their mind is an utter indifference either to the mercy or vengeance of God. May such a spirit be in every minister! But when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. And if it were not certain that Onesiphorus would find it, it is not certain that others will find it. "Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:18". “That day.” The day is that which is elsewhere called “the last day,” because then the end of this world’s history, as a place of trial at least, will be come; it is called also “the great day,” because then scenes unparalleled before in grandeur will be unfolded, and affairs that have never been surpassed in magnitude will be transacted--such scenes and affairs as will throw into the shade the most splendid spectacles and momentous transactions of time. But there are a few who are honourably distinguished by different sentiments, who avow it as their opinion, and evince their sincerity by a corresponding practice, that they esteem everything under heaven as utter vanity compared with the mercy of the Lord. It was because he knew in whom he had believed, and was persuaded that He was able to keep that which He had committed unto him against that day. As DeWelt noted: Lenski affirmed that "The analogy of Scriptures is solidly against anything in the nature of prayers for the dead," a fact no student of the word may deny. "Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:18". When we can make no other return to our kind friends, we are bound at least to recommend them in our prayers to the Saviour's mercy, and beg of him to reward them in that day. It was that the Lord might make them to increase and abound in love, to the end that He might establish their hearts unblameable in holiness at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all His saints, on that day. "Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:18". Chapter 1. Its event, the assembly of quick and dead, and the last assize. And they who have practically esteemed the mercy of the Lord so highly in this world, will value it the more at that terrible day. There is always the feeling that sin deserves punishment at the hands of God. In conclusion, there is one inference very naturally suggested by the last remarks: If these statements are true, how wise it is, setting aside the pure love of benevolence altogether, to be kind to the people of God, especially to the pious poor! Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. And shall they not keep it pure and uncorrupt, and be ready to suffer for it, in dependance on his power, as exerted by the Holy Spirit? And if so, he must have believed that, in the sight of God, he was guilty; for by the guilty alone can pardoning mercy be needed. Those who scoffed at Christ, and refused the gospel. How important to these lands of our nativity, and how worthy to be held in grateful remembrance, that day which witnessed the consummation of the glorious struggle that terminated in the vindication and establishment of our civil and religious liberties! We are expressly told that in that day some will say, “Lord, Lord, open to us”; to whom He will say, “Verily, I know you not.” Let us see what the Scriptures teach us concerning those who will find mercy of the Lord in that day. (James Parsons.). 4. To pray that any one may find mercy of him at the judgment day, is to pray that he may then be pardoned, or saved from deserved punishment, and accepted and treated as if he were righteous. The Lord grant unto him, &c.— This is a common Hebraism. See a similar form of expression, Genesis 9:16; Genesis 19:24; Exodus 24:1, Exodus 24:2. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "2 Timothy 1:18". 2 Timothy 1:18 Choose a Background KJV: The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. That he may find] For his care in finding out me, 2 Timothy 1:17. (D. Daily Bible Study From 2 Timothy 1:1-18 Rekindling the Spiritual Fire Within (2 Timothy 1:1-18) Sometimes, we all go through times of struggle and discouragement. He it is, saith Paul, which hath abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light, through his Gospel. 1. Amen." The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus, you know very well. See 2 Timothy 1:16, “The Lord give.”]— αὐτῷ, to himself) An antithesis to his house.— ὁ κύριος, the Lord) Christ, for whom he so acted [to whom he rendered that service, Matthew 25:45].— παρὰ κυρίου, from the Lord) The same Christ, who shall reward him.
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