2 Timothy 1
If you had access to the fountain of youth would you keep it to yourself or share it? If you had found the secret to immortality would you tell anyone? If you knew the source of a power that could end death and bring the dead to life…but we do! We know him and he looks like Jesus.
“the power of God...has been revealed by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” 2 Timothy 1:8-10.
Ezekiel 8 continues to paint the vivid horror of priestly hearts that have turned away from God. The greatest miracle in the world is not physical youth, life or beauty, but the defeat of ugly sin – a much greater need and potential benefit by far. That power of God is implanted in us via Christ’s action and submission to the cross. It is a power not so outwardly noticeable in my daily life, but just as a piece of wood contains all the energy that is released when it is burned, so we also contain the imprint of God’s power that burns in us when we have faith. For this reason Paul exhorts Timothy to ‘fan into flame the gift of God which is in you.’ (v6) for if we do this people will notice we are inescapably different and either fall on their knees before Christ or persecute us in feeble resistance to the power of love that dwells within our hearts.