2 Timothy Chapter 2

September 5, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Timothy. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Remember from last week that 2 Timothy is written around 66/67 AD, approximately three or four years after 1 Timothy was written. The church was being mightily persecuted by the emperor of the Roman empire, Nero had begun this persecution of the church in 64 AD as part of a cover up to pass the blame for the great fire of Rome from himself to the Christians. This persecution had spread across the empire and was the source of widespread ostracizing, public torture and the murder of believers. In these last recorded words of Paul he is reaching out to encourage Timothy to press on in Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:1-26 (NIV)
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

2 Timothy 2:1

2 Timothy 2:1-26 (NIV)
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

What does it look like to be strong in His grace?

John 1:14-17 (NIV)
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

It is by His grace that we are able to have relationship with Him. It is not by anything that we have done. Not because we are performing well, but because of His grace.

Galatians 2:21 (NIV)
21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

This whole grace thing is the gift of God

Ephesians 2:4-9 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

And because of this gift of grace to us, we are to be a people of grace, not a critical hypocritical people. It is only as a grace-filled people that we can carry out the mission of One More.

Graceful. Be grace-full. Full of grace for the world, that they might come to know the One and be One More.

2 Timothy 2:2-7

Out of this grace filled living we are to tell others about Jesus who can then tell others about Jesus. You might have heard me say that we need to be people who realize and embrace our own brokenness and get healed enough in Jesus that we can help other broken people realize and embrace their own brokenness and get healed enough in Jesus that they can help other broken people…

2 Timothy 2:8-13

Paul was in prison for teaching the truth about Jesus. The message of the cross, the good news of Jesus, the gospel, is offensive to many people. It was in Paul’s day, and it is today. There were and are false teachers who want to change the truth for a lie. We must continue to hold on to the truth of God’s Word. Even in the face of constant opposition, it is still being believed by people every day and changing people’s lives now and forever.

2 Timothy 2:14-16

We need to build our lives on His Word and build His Word into our lives. Do your best to present yourselves as workmen approved. Study, read, meditate on the Bible every day.

2 Timothy 2:17-19

There was a teaching being promoted by false teachers like Hymenaeus and Philetus that there was only a spiritual resurrection. That when a person became a Christian they were spiritually reborn and that was it. Paul taught that beleivers will be resurrected physically after they die and that theior bodies and souls will live eternally with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:16-26 (NIV)
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

2 Timothy 2:20-26

Paul encourages Timothy to live a life that would allow him to be the kind of person that God could use for His noblest purposes. Live by trying to do the next right thing so that God can use you for His highest purposes.

Be ready to share with people as the Ambassadors for Christ that we are called to be. But always with kindness, love, respect, patience, humility and lots of grace!

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