“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
It was as a prisoner that the Apostle Paul penned these dramatic words intended to provide encouragement for his son in the faith, the young evangelist Timothy, as he went about doing the work Paul had assigned him.
The faith Paul proclaims in this verse easily divides itself into two parts: a firm belief in God and a decided action on the part of the apostle. Paul’s faith was so solid that he never wavered; and with that faith, he had the confidence he could face any challenge with which he was confronted.
And Paul’s faith was not passive: in fact, as scripture records his life as a Christian, it lays out for us a person who committed much to the Lord and His Cause—Paul laid up for himself an abundance of spiritual treasurers in his work as an apostle and an evangelist, thus leaving us a pattern for service to the Master.