Jimmy DeYoung’s
Prophetic Prospective
Daily Devotional
February 26, 2007

II Timothy 1:9 – Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy 
calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose 
and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world 

For further study – II Timothy – 1:6-13

Paul, in this letter of instruction to young Timothy, is encouraging 
his young partner in ministry. He first tells Timothy of the 
salvation and call of the Lord upon both of them. He reminds his 
young partner that the Lord does what he does for His own purpose and 
by His grace, and all of this done in His mind before the world began.

How thrilling it is that the creator of all things, the Lord Jesus 
Christ, has purposed a calling for each of us and He did this before 
our birth, before we were even formed in the womb. He did this before 
the world began in eternity past.

Verse 12 in our expanded reading speaks of the future, the day of His 
return, "that day." Here we are encouraged to understand why we have 
to sometimes suffer in this world. Paul himself said that he suffered 
and was not ashamed to do so. The reason that is possible is because 
we can know whom we have believed and we can be persuaded that He is 
able to keep that which we commit to Him until the day of His return.

The basis upon which this is all true is His death, burial, and 
resurrection, verse 10. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the 
cornerstone of our faith. There is enough evidence that this event, 
the resurrection, did take place almost 2000 years ago, that the 
verdict has to be, Jesus Christ is guilty of resurrecting from the 
dead, abolishing death and bringing to us life and immortality.

Not only is the resurrection the cornerstone of our faith, it is the 
foundation of Bible prophecy. Revelation 1:18 is the record of the 
testimony of Jesus that He was alive, dead, and then alive.  The 
death of Jesus was for the washing away of our sin. His resurrection 
was proof that He was the one who could take away our sin.

The resurrection of Jesus also is the basis upon which He can reveal 
to us the future as we serve Him until "that day," verse 12. This is 
our help to ward off the spirit of fear and embrace the spirit of 
power, and of love, and of a sound mind, until He does come again.