DAY 6 - Read Daily05-11-2019 | Grace Henry | YOUTH
Day 6 - The gospel revealed and entrusted
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
Questions For Reflection
- Have you ever been entrusted with something? (Or have you ever been asked to take responsibility for something that doesn’t belong to you?)
- When something is entrusted to you, how does the fact that it doesn’t ultimately belong to you change how you take care of it? Given that we are ‘entrusted’ with the gospel, how should this affect how we care for it?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - How do these truths give you confidence in sharing the word of God which you have been entrusted with?
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
With great power, comes great responsibility. Picture this - your friend has asked and entrusted you to look after their house while they are away on holiday. You can help yourself to whatever you need. The house is now your responsibility. You’ve got to make time for it, look after it and keep the house in check. When you arrive at the house, to your delight, you discover that it is a mansion. Taking care of this house will be a big task, for sure, but very rewarding. Why? It’s an opportunity to show your friend that they can rely on you. They can trust you with something that is of utmost importance. With great power, comes great responsibility.
In today's verse, we see that God has entrusted Paul with something of upmost importance - His word. The gospel which God manifested (or revealed) to us at the proper time according to his will through the preaching of the word. With great power, comes great responsibility. So what exactly was Paul’s responsibility? By extension, what is our responsibility?
In verse 1, we saw that Paul was called an apostle of Jesus Christ. The reason for Paul’s apostolic calling is the hope of eternal life which we noted in verse 2. Now remember, that word ‘hope’ does not mean ‘I hope I get all A*’s in my exams’, which is often how we use it. This meaning would imply uncertainty. Rather, this hope is a Christian hope which has a completely different meaning. Why? It is grounded in the promises of God. It is certain. But how can we trust these promises? Well, Matthew showed us this earlier in our devotions, this God does not lie. God’s promises are not like human promises. He is 100% faithful.
Something else that Paul points out to us here in verse 3 is God’s plan for redemption. Look at verse 3 with me - ‘and at the proper time manifested his word.’ God revealed his word and promised before time the hope of eternal life (v2). This was a promise made before the ages began. God first demonstrated the certainty of his promise (the word) in sending his Son, Jesus, who died and resurrected to life.
Paul’s main focus here is on his (and our) place in God’s plan to deliver the message of eternal life. God not only confirmed the truthfulness of his promise - the certainty of hope - in sending Jesus but continues to do so through the preaching of his word which has been entrusted to Paul and the church (that’s us). What have we been entrusted to? Sharing the word of God.
God’s word is alive and is powerful. It brings people to God himself and enables them to have a personal relationship with him. Paul elsewhere says, in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, ‘All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.’
As you face the day ahead, remember as a Christian how you hope is built upon the promises of God. That promise is true. Why? Because God does not lie and he sent his son to confirm his promise. Every believer’s life has been uniquely designed with gospel ministry in mind. Paul’s calling was to make known the truth of God and the hope of eternal life - and that calling is one in which we are all meant to live and have a part in.