Consider what I say…

Consider what I say…

There is something very simple yet very profound in this one verse statement made by Paul The Apostle – truly one of the father’s of New Testament faith.

II Timothy 2/

Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Let’s break it up and learn how spiritual truth works:

1) – CONSIDER.

Let’s keep it simple and say many do not even consider biblical truth. They don’t (selah) ‘stop and think things over’

So without this simple attentiveness given to scripture – there can be little hope of spiritual understanding.

We can prefer our own personal philosophy or learning from ordinary books, rather than from the divinely inspired Word of God.

2) – WHAT I SAY.

Paul wanted Timothy his son in the faith – to take on board what Paul under the inspiration of God was penning to him. Paul knew the difference between what he received directly from The Lord, and what came out of his accumulated understanding. He likewise wanted Timothy to experience God’s enlightenment, rather than just giving a mental assent to what Paul was sharing.

He knew in other words, the necessity of God’s enablement when it came to spiritual matters. And so with this in mind he says:

3) …THE LORD GIVE YOU UNDERSTANDING

And indeed understanding in ALL THINGS.

I can testify to spiritual illumination and revelation in my life, if it was not for this I would still be walking without Christ.

This revelation is not a constant stream – day-in and day-out – but once (when it does come) and it has entered the human spirit it remains, and can be brought into the mind again by The Holy Spirit.

So meditating on the Word of God – opens us (if we are willing) to ongoing revelation and greater understanding of spiritual matters. Here are the matters Paul had just conveyed to the younger Timothy – 

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.

In all of these he (Timothy) must CONSIDER them prayerfully and look for God’s understanding in them.

Paul is the messenger – God is the revealer of true understanding.

Subjects?

* – Endurance – Staying free from cumbersome earthly distractions – pleasing God – walking God’s way – partaking of the blessing.

But – but!

Would you not be better really meditating on these verses over and over – and asking God to speak to you – rather than only taking on board the subject matter and lessons as I see them, as listed above?*

Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

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