THEREFORE I ENDURE
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Paul knows who he is.
He knows who calls him.
He knows not in some intellectual way, but in the way of friends who can sit side by side on the porch for hours, not saying a word yet knowing the heart of the other. Paul knows Jesus out of the hours spend being with Jesus, talking, listening, resting, studying—in Word, in prayer, and in action.
That is what keeps him when the crap hits the fan. It is relationship connected to the TaNaKh (v8) and to practice (v9), not merely mystical, not merely intellectual, and not merely practical. Rather, it is a relationship of intellect, emotion, and volition. It is in balance.
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