BibliographyGill, John. What he wanted, as all faithful men do, was to do the work, and let the joy take care of itself. Throughout these 4 Chapters, Paul makes it clear that he wants to see the church continue to flourish and grow, under Timothy’s leadership, long after he’s passed on. I. 2 Timothy 4:6-7 constitute Paul"s epitaph. kept the faith — the Christian faith committed to me as a believer and an apostle (compare 2 Timothy 1:14; Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:10). 1905. mso-paper-source:0;} @page Section1 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Ver. There is only one pair of human lips that ever could say, in the full significance of the word, ‘It is finished! The most effective advice I was ever given in regard to my personal spiritual development was this, “Set a time and place to meet with God, every day. 1 Timothy 3:1-13: 2014-08-13 GOD'S WORD IS FOR TRAINING: 1 Timothy 4:6-10: 2013-09-07 ACCEPTING IMPERFECTION: 1 Timothy 1:12-17: 2013-08-21 ONE GOD, ONE MEDIATOR: 1 Timothy 2:1-6: 2012-06-29 PROFILE OF A PEACEMAKER: 1 Timothy 1:1-5 https: And if a man has once yielded himself fully to that great conception of God’s will driving him on through life, and prescribing his path for him, it is neither in sorrow nor in joy to arrest his course. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ‘The true faith which a man has kept up to the end of his life must be one that has opened with his growth and constantly won new colour and reality from his changing experience. The question, therefore, is not whether we shall fight, but what for, and on whose side—on that of Jesus, whose award is life, or on that of sin, whose wages is death. In Philippians 3:12 ff. 7. τὸν καλὸν ἀγῶνα ἠγώνισμαι. We can see throughout the gospels, Jesus leaving the crowds, leaving his disciples, or leaving those he was spending time with, to go off and be by himself and pray. Philemon 1:27, Philemon 1:30; 1 Corinthians 9:25; Colossians 2:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:2; Ephesians 6:11ff. .MsoChpDefault These are, What Paul thought that life chiefly was; what Paul aimed at; and what Paul won thereby. (2) Because here victory is unmingled joy. Paul keeps his focus on the finish line and says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 . Isn’t it interesting that Paul’s criteria for a successful life, one pleasing to God and worthy of a crown, was that he kept the faith? I have finished my course, or race; the race of life set before him, his course of years; his days were extinct, the grave was ready for him, and he for that; his last sands were dropping, and he was just going the way of all flesh; or else he means the course of his ministry, which he desired to finish with joy, and was now finishing; Acts 13:25 he was now got to the end of his line, to Rome, where he was to be a martyr for Christ, Acts 23:11 so that he now concluded his work was done, and his warfare accomplished: I have kept the faith; by which he means, not so much the grace of faith, that was kept by Christ, the object, author, and finisher of it, and through his effectual grace and powerful intercession; but rather the profession of faith, which he had held fast without wavering; and chiefly the doctrine of faith, which was committed to his trust, which he had kept pure and incorrupt against all opposition; unless his faithfulness and integrity in the ministerial work should be thought rather to be intended; and which sense is favoured by the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, which render it, "I have kept my faith"; or have been faithful to my trust, as a good steward of the mysteries of God; not concealing and keeping back any thing that was profitable, but declaring the whole counsel of God; and now what remained for him was the crown of righteousness; and this he says for the comfort and encouragement and imitation of Timothy and others. Of course he did not mean that he looked back upon a career free from faults and flecks and stains. @font-face No. Then it was that Tossanus wrote his Vade mecum; Dr Preston, his Attributes of God; Mr Bolton, his Joys of Heaven; and before them all Savonarola, the Italian martyr, his Meditations upon the 51st Psalm, Verbis vivis, animatis sententiis, et spiritus fervore flagrantissimis, in most lively expressions, and with most heavenly affections. This is why he could fight a good fight and finish the course. Paul probably meant that he had run in the noblest race of all, namely, the ministry of the gospel, not that he had done his best in the contest. He went back to the same church for Sunday School classes for 400 Sundays. Heydenreich wrongly takes this expression also as a figurative one, and expounds πίστις to mean fidelity in observing the laws of battle and rules of the race; comp. "Commentary on 2 Timothy 4:7". The picture is of both a soldier and an athlete (compare 2 Timothy 2:3-5; see also 1 Corinthians 9:24-26; Hebrews 12:1-2). margin-bottom:.0001pt; Used by Permission. 1685. Tags: 2 Timothy. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Life Lesson:  It is a great accomplishment to be able to say in our final days that we have fought for the good of God and man, we did our best to reach the goals God set before us, and we kept striving, for our faith in Him made us strong. {mso-style-type:export-only; Again the perfect is used: “I have finished my course.” How, asks, Chrysostom, “had he finished his course?” and answers rather rhetorically by replying that he had made the circuit of the world. margin:0in; mso-style-qformat:yes; Again, the image suggests the strenuous efforts needed for discharge of our appointed tasks. Probably the expression means that he had kept his plighted faith to the Redeemer, or had spent a life in faithfully endeavoring to serve his Lord. The perfect ἠγώνισμαι shows that the apostle now stood at the end of the fight to which he was called as the apostle of the Lord,(62) and that he had fought through it faithfully. how different the two ‘courses’ of the godly man and the worldling look, in their relative importance, when seen from this side, as we are advancing towards them, and from the other as we look back upon them! As he sat in his dark dungeon, waiting for his execution, Paul wanted to impress on Timothy, the important responsibility that now lay on his shoulder – and those other faithful servants of God. This means making space for God; prioritizing our spiritual development and growth towards becoming more and more like Christ. font-size:10.0pt; But he does not rely on the corrupt judgments of men. See 1 Timothy 6:12. Probably not. https: https: BibliographyClarke, Adam. Listen to a message about how to endure hardship and grow in grit. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. If we put it in we necessarily limit the meaning of the word ‘finish’ to that low, superficial sense which I have already dismissed. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Only here and Acts 13:25; Acts 20:24; comp. Written By ... named Timothy. font-size:12.0pt; Please help me to keep the faith, to remain steadfast, fighting hard against my flesh and this world and continuing to the end. ix., p. 287. The words that follow show that St. Paul, as in 1 Corinthians 9:24, is thinking specially of the Greek games. I. But an ended course may yet be an unfinished course. 2 Timothy 4:7. τὸν καλὸν ἀγῶνα ἠγώνισμαι: See note on 1 Timothy 6:12. Required fields are marked *, Daily Devotion – 2 Timothy 4:7-8 – Keep the Faith. The one thing worth our making our aim in life is to accomplish our course. Perfect middle indicative of αγωνιζομαι — agōnizomai a favourite figure with Paul (1 Corinthians 9:25; Colossians 1:29), with the cognate accusative αγωνα — agōna (Philemon 1:27, Philemon 1:30, etc.).