(8) В¶ Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: (9) Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. (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.
It is delightful, to behold, bow the Lord calls his people to exercises. Paul had eminently asserted the resurrection of the dead in all his preaching, as the foundation stone of a believer's hope. And this above every other point of the Gospel, brought upon him the indignation of the carnal world. Paul therefore bids Timothy remember, that his persecutions were on this account. And he insinuates thereby that Timothy must not be surprised if he meets with similar treatment. And he chargeth him not to shrink from it. But what I chiefly beg the Reader to keep in view in this passage is, what Paul observes, that it is for the elect's sake, he endured all things, Yes! Paul's whole labors, services, preachings, writings, are all directed to this one end. As his divine Lord and Master had all along in view his Church, and both laboured and suffered for them only; Paul expressly declares that his sufferings were all to the same end. John 17:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9.