2 Timothy 4:7-8
From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Love and the Fulfilling of the Law
Here belongs what Paul says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me” (2 Tim 4:8). For the crown is due to the justified because of the promise. Saints should know this promise, not that they may labor for their own profit, since they ought to labor for the glory of God. They should know that God’s will is to aid, deliver, and protect them so that they will not despair in afflictions.
Pulling It Together
The Lord has fought the fight. He has gone before us and has won the long battle. He is with us and will never leave us or forsake us. Therefore, we should not fear, despair, or be dismayed (Deut 31:8). This is how we may finish our own race, fighting on to the finish. We live by faith (2 Cor 5:7) in the one who is already victor over the conflict. Take heart! Keep the faith. The battle is the Lord’s (2 Chr 20:15). He is victorious over sin and death, and will reward you with the crown of his righteousness.
Prayer: Give me your peace, Lord. Amen.
The Upper Room is a six-part drama and sermon series for use during the weeks of Lent, in midweek or Sunday morning services. The stories in this series seek to focus our hearts and minds on the last days of Jesus, drawing us into a greater spiritual maturity that recognizes the blessings and responsibilities of this life of faith, as we walk with our Lord on the path to the cross.
Scripture texts are assigned for each of the weeks, along with a brief sermon reflection based on the theme. A sample order of service is provided.
Source: Daily Devotions in the Lutheran Confessions