Guard the good deposit (2 Tim 1:12-18)

The story so far: Paul has reminded Timothy to follow his example and fan into flame his gift. He’s been given God’s power to carry out the mission. And he’s been given motivation for the mission: the grace of God who has defeated death on our behalf, and given us access to immortality.  And it’s of this message of grace that Paul (along with Timothy and us) has been called to be a herald, apostle, and teacher.

But this high calling has a downside:

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