We shall certainly take notice that [Paul] places, beneath Timothy, the eternal arms of God Almighty.  He lifts the eyes of Timothy from himself to God and says to him, in effect, “There, there is your strength.”  And, observe the pains Paul is at to impress on Timothy that the relation in which he stands to this God, by virtue of which God becomes his strength, is not, in any sense – not in the remotest degree, not in the smallest particular – dependent on Timothy himself or anything that he has done, is doing, or can do.  He would withdraw Timothy utterly from the least infusion of dependence on self and cast him wholly on dependence on God, that he may realize that his weakness is not in question but that the whole strength of God is behind him to uphold him and bear him safely through. – B. B. Warfield (1851-1921)

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