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"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on age-abiding life" (I Tim. 6: 12).
"In hope of age-abiding life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before age times"
(Titus 1: 2).
"Heirs according to the hope of age-abiding life" (Titus 3: 7).
We have already seen in this series that the promises must be divided into two groups,
viz., those which are in grace and unconditional, and those which are "inherited" and
"obtained". The same division is seen here. There is the promise of life in Christ Jesus.
There is the promise of age-abiding life, which is associated with "fighting the good fight
of faith" and with "laying hold". Just as the four great prison epistles deal with the two
aspects of truth which we may call The Hope, and the Prize, so the references to the
promise of life contained in these epistles to Timothy and Titus deal with that which is
the unmoveable foundation, and that which is connected with the superstructure.
This must conclude our studies of this nature for the present. We praise God for the
great and precious promises of which Christ Himself is the Yea and Amen: we thank
Him for the holy promissory Spirit, the earnest of the inheritance, and we are encouraged
to persevere by that great cloud of witnesses who "through faith and patience inherited
"Blessed be the Lord . . . . . there hath not failed one word of all His good promise"
(I Kings 8: 56).