Positioned in the flow of Paul's writing to Timothy, it stands like a ROCK in a raging sea of unbelief, deceit and sin. Timothy's days were like our own, with trouble in the church and trouble in the world at large. Paul understood the overwhelming duties facing Pastor Timothy, and right in the midst of the epistle, Paul places this verse. It was like he was saying, "Timothy, lash yourself to this truth, for it will brace you against the storms you face." This verse is an island of reprieve, away from the pressure of the pastorate. It is a truth so profound that regardless of what has been said before it or will be said after it-it will stand above it all and serve as a platform on which to stake one's life.
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