#2Timothy 1:12

WHEN WE GIVE OUR SOULS TO JESUS

II Timothy 1:12

INTRODUCTION

There is a special day we look forward to every week. That is the day we have to carry out the trash. It is a relief to have that stinking waste removed. Many cities have great concern about waste disposal.

Then there is the gangster on TV who “wastes” somebody. The definition of “waste” here is murder, a life is ended.

We have all probably seen the advertisement  on TV that says, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

One of the old Gospel songs talks about “wasted years.” There is a rejoicing when an older person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Yet there is also sorrow. All those wasted years without Christ.

By far the greatest tragedy of waste is the wasted life of a soul. The Scripture says, “For what shall a man give in exchange of his soul?”

The Apostle Paul experienced waste in his life. He lived the life of a righteous Pharisee, a legalist. In his zeal he persecuted Christians until, on that dusty road to Damascus, he met the lover of his soul.

In our passage today, Paul is about to complete a fulfilled life in Jesus Christ. What he says here concerning salvation and the new life in Jesus Christ is our model for living today.

THEME: WHEN WE GIVE OUR SOUL TO JESUS:

I. WE NEVER WILL BE ASHAMED IN HIM

     A. Greek Tense

          1. I have never been ashamed

          2. I am not now ashamed

          3. I never will be ashamed

NOTE: Don’t start being ashamed; not stop being ashamed

     B. What Is “Ashamed?”

          1. A synonym for disappointment

NOTE:  ‘The arm of flesh will fail you; you dare not trust your own’

People will disappoint us

          2. There is no disappointment in Jesus

     C. Paul’s case Was In The Best Of Hands

          1. He shed tears of grief; that is natural

          2. Even facing death, He had no misgivings

          3. His present sufferings could not destroy his faith in the certainty of His eternal future

NOTE: Never ashamed in Jesus cf. Adam and Eve ashamed in themselves

T.S. WHEN WE GIVE OUR SOUL TO JESUS:

          I. WE NEVER WILL BE ASHAMED IN HIM

II. WE WILL BELIEVE IN HIM

     A. I Know Him – Jesus

          1. I know whom I have believed

NOTE: Not, what I have believed

          2. Paul learned to trust Jesus

NOTE:  This small, faltering, halting, weak act of faith was met by the all faithful Lord Who will never let us go

     B. The Road To Damascus        Acts 9:1-8

          1. Who art thou Lord?

          2. Paul spent his life learning about Jesus

          3. Now, at the end of his life, “I know Him”

     C. How Do We Go About Learning About Jesus?

          1. We let the Holy Spirit lead us in using the Bible

          2. We let the experiences of life lead us to trust Jesus

     D. I Put My Trust cf. John 1:12

T.S. WHEN WE GIVE OUR SOUL TO JESUS:

          I. WE NEVER WILL BE ASHAMED IN HIM

         II. WE WILL BELIEVE IN HIM

III. WE WILL COMMIT EVERYTHING TO HIM

     A. I Have Committed

          1. My deposit

          2. He is able to guard my deposit (as in a bank)

     B. Committed Through:

          1. Life

NOTE:  Talk is cheap; walk is every thing

          2. Death

          3. That day – when we shall see Jesus fact to face

NOTE: Jesus the same (in salvation) yesterday, today and forever    Hebrews 13:8

NOTE: We entrust into the save keeping of God, our soul, body, our walk, work, every conceivable question to be raised in the past, present or future

     C. He Is Able

          1. Dunatos

          2. Strong; mighty

NOTE:  Fireman rescuing us from smoke filled building

     D. That Day

          1. For saved – Judgment Seat of Christ

          2. For lost – Great White Throne

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE GIVE OUR SOUL TO JESUS:

I. WE NEVER WILL BE ASHAMED IN HIM

II. WE WILL BELIEVE IN HIM

III. WE WILL COMMIT EVERYTHING TO HIM

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