Continue in the Manner of Life
II Tim. 3:10
Intro: One of the many things that the Apostle Paul was urging Timothy to “continue” in was the manner of life that he had witnessed during the ministry of Paul.
MANNER OF LIFE: the conduct; a conducting, training, education, discipline, the life led, way or course of life
We find multiple references to this burden in Paul’s writings.
I. The Remembering of the Old Life
Paul’s writings were full of the contrast in the manner of life of the unsaved and the saved.
The word that Paul used synonymously with “manner of life” was the word “conversation”.
- Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
- Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
II. The Receiving of New Life
Paul was eternally grateful for the day that God gave him a new life.
He preached about it, it taught about it, he wrote about it, he thanked God for it!
- Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
- Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Let’s be honest. Before we got saved, we didn’t have a life.
We may have existed, but we didn’t have a life.
God gave us life, and He gave us a life.
- We exchanged a life of unbelief for a life of faith.
- We gave up a life of hopelessness for a life of hope.
- We traded a life of addictions and bondage for a life of freedom and liberty.
- We swapped a life with no meaning for a life of purpose.
III. The Reflection of the Right Life
Paul was always reminding Timothy to be an example to the people of God and to the world.
- 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
If we “Continue in the Manner of Life”, it should, and it will:
A. A Reflection of our Conversion
- Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
B. A Reflection of our Calling
- 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
That means that our manner of life should indicate that we are striving to be holy.
- Holiness is commanded – so be ye
- Holiness is comprehensive – be ye holy in all manner of conversation
- Holiness is a choice.
C. A Reflection of our Commitment
Our Manner of Life is different from “this life” that the world lives.
- 2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
We have been called to show the world something different.
- 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Conclusion: Paul is doing his best to challenge Timothy to “continue in the things that thou has learned and hast been assured of”. One of those “things” was the “MANNER OF LIFE” that he had witnessed in the life of the Apostle Paul.
The Christian life is different from the life of the unsaved world.
Will you take an inventory this morning of your “manner of life?” Is it the life of the saved? Is it the life of the consecrated, sold-out, Spirit-filled believer?