2 Timothy 2:10
Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory…
I. AFFLICTIONS ARE THE MORE WILLINGLY SUSTAINED WHEN THEY FURTHER THE LIBERTY OF THE GOSPEL.
1. For when the Word runs the plots of the wicked are prevented.
2. The wandering sheep gathered.
3. The body of Christ perfected.
4. The kingdom of God enlarged.
II. A GROWN CHRISTIAN CAN SUFFER ALL KINDS OF AFFLICTIONS.
1. For experience have taught him that afflictions are good for him.
2. Many acts make a habit; whence it falls out that tribulation worketh patience.
3. He believeth that though sorrows be bitter at the entrance, they shall be sweet in the end.
4. The Lord assisteth him, by whose strength he can do and suffer all things.
III. THERE BE AN ELECT PEOPLE. Now concerning the elect, two things are not unworthy of our consideration — the one, their number, the other their prerogatives. For their number absolutely taken is great. The prerogatives are many, and all excellent, which are proper to the elect, for they be the objects of God's love. The redeemed of His Son; temples of the Spirit; and co-heirs with Christ of all things.
IV. ALL THE GOODNESS OF OUR SUFFERINGS IS IN RESPECT OF THEIR GROUND AND END.
V. OF THE TWO, A TRUE CHRISTIAN MAN HAD RATHER SAVE SOULS THAN PROSPER IN THIS WORLD. For such know, that to save a soul is more worth than to win the world; and that they shall shine as the sun for ever and ever.
(J. Barlow, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.