Planning for the Future
II Tim. 4
Intro: At least three times in this chapter, Paul is referring to the FUTURE.
A. The Appearing of Christ – vs. 1
B. The Apathy of Christians – vs. 3-5
C. The Accomplishment of his Course – vs. 6-8
D. The Adversity that was Coming
1. The World – vs. 10
2. The Withstanding of the Word – vs. 15
3. The Winter – vs. 21
What did Paul do in order to prepare for the challenges that were coming his way?
There were three things that Paul requested in this chapter to help him face the challenges of the future.
I. A Supernatural Cloke – vs. 13
He left it atTroas. See Acts 20:6-12
It was his 3rd missionary journey. His last time in Troas, he’d raised a man from the dead.
Cloak means ‘mantle’.
Phelones; a traveling cloke, used for protection against stormy weather
Picture of the power of God; similar to Elijah and Elisha
He couldn’t stop the winter; but he could have a cloke!!
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Protection from the storm; help stay warm when the world is cold!
- SEE VERSE 18 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me and strengthened me
II. A Scriptural Comfort – vs. 13b
Parchments: Greek: membrane: the membrane (skin) of a sheep
A Lamb had to die to provide him with those comforting words; Heb. 12:2 our compass
“especially the parchments” means he had proper emphasis
III. A Spiritual Companion – vs. 11
He was no doubt discouraged over Demas leaving.
Needed Timothy and John Mark.
Too many Demas’ and not enough John Mark’s.
Too many Alexander’s as well!
Conclusion: As we look ahead, let’s make sure we are fully equipped to face whatever it is that may come our way!