I have to admit that anger is something that I struggle with and I am certain that I am not alone in this! We all get angry, whether it’s the kids, other cars on the road, situations with our spouses, or situations at work there is always something that has the ability to make us angry. But have no fear, it’s ok to get angry, anger is not a sin. It is anger gone wrong that becomes a sin.
When a Scriptural author writes what either they themselves said, or what someone else said, it is of course divinely inspired, inerrant, and said with intent. The speaker clearly understood what they meant and meant to say it to a certain audience and for a certain reason. We must be aware of this when exegeting Scriptural text.
The conclusion of this message is Paul’s conclusion to Timothy.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
“…and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Paul was charging Timothy with being a Christian soldier, a warrior for the faith and as a warrior for the faith he must:
- Fight the Good Fight
- Keep the Faith
- Finish the Race
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: (2Ti 4:1 NIV)
Just like any soldier and warrior sometimes commands are issued from your squadron or platoon commander, they may be day to day things or perhaps things that arise out of a situation that you are found in, a battle that you are in the middle of perhaps.