2 Timothy Chapter 2
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The apostle exhorts Timothy to persevere with diligence, like a soldier, a combatant, and a husbandman. (1-7) Encouraging him by assurances of a happy end of his faithfulness. (8-13) Warnings to shun vain babblings and dangerous errors. (14-21) Charges to flee youthful lusts, and to minister with zeal against error, but with meekness of spirit. (22-26)1-7 As our trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Christ stronger. This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. All Christians, but especially ministers, must be faithful to their Captain, and resolute in his cause. The great care of a Christian must be to please Christ. We are to strive to get the mastery of our lusts and corruptions, but we cannot expect the prize unless we observe the laws. We must take care that we do good in a right manner, that our good may not be spoken evil of. Some who are active, spend their zeal about outward forms and doubtful disputations. But those who strive lawfully shall be crowned at last. If we would partake the fruits, we must labour; if we would gain the prize, we must run the race. We must do the will of God, before we receive the promises, for which reason we have need of patience. Together with our prayers for others, that the Lord would give them understanding in all things, we must exhort and stir them up to consider what they hear or read.
8-13 Let suffering saints remember, and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despised the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. We must not think it strange if the best men meet with the worst treatment; but this is cheering, that the word of God is not bound. Here we see the real and true cause of the apostle's suffering trouble in, or for, the sake of the gospel. If we are dead to this world, its pleasures, profits, and honours, we shall be for ever with Christ in a better world. He is faithful to his threatenings, and faithful to his promises. This truth makes sure the unbeliever's condemnation, and the believer's salvation.
14-21 Those disposed to strive, commonly strive about matters of small moment. But strifes of words destroy the things of God. The apostle mentions some who erred. They did not deny the resurrection, but they corrupted that true doctrine. Yet nothing can be so foolish or erroneous, but it will overturn the temporary faith of some professors. This foundation has two writings on it. One speaks our comfort. None can overthrow the faith of any whom God hath chosen. The other speaks our duty. Those who would have the comfort of the privilege, must make conscience of the duty Christ gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, #Tit 2:14|. The church of Christ is like a dwelling: some furniture is of great value; some of smaller value, and put to meaner uses. Some professors of religion are like vessels of wood and earth. When the vessels of dishonour are cast out to be destroyed, the others will be filled with all the fulness of God. We must see to it that we are holy vessels. Every one in the church whom God approves, will be devoted to his Master's service, and thus fitted for his use.
22-26 The more we follow that which is good, the faster and the further we shall flee from that which is evil. The keeping up the communion of saints, will take us from fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. See how often the apostle cautions against disputes in religion; which surely shows that religion consists more in believing and practising what God requires, than in subtle disputes. Those are unapt to teach, who are apt to strive, and are fierce and froward. Teaching, not persecution, is the Scripture method of dealing with those in error. The same God who gives the discovery of the truth, by his grace brings us to acknowledge it, otherwise our hearts would continue to rebel against it. There is no "peradventure," in respect of God's pardoning those who do repent; but we cannot tell that he will give repentance to those who oppose his will. Sinners are taken in a snare, and in the worst snare, because it is the devil's; they are slaves to him. And if any long for deliverance, let them remember they never can escape, except by repentance, which is the gift of God; and we must ask it of him by earnest, persevering prayer.
Joseph's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 10/06/2014, 11:06pm...
2 Timothy 2 24 just reminds me of Hebrews 12 14 that we are to follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. The only revenge the Christian exercises is love to his enemy and forgiveness. For "God is about love and forgiveness. "
Margot Townsend's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 15 on 9/21/2014, 8:13pm...
This scripture tells me to keep studying the Word of God. I need to persevere in doing what God has called me to do and be not ashamed of Jesus Christ nor the word of God. I believe if I do this ' God would approve of m,e and at the same time I am doing what is right.
Eric Petrie's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 15 on 8/31/2014, 4:53am...
This scripture is old favorite! It let 's each minister of the Gospel, servant, and believer to fully devote them selves faithfully to the application of one 's God given work. God will always grant his seal of approval upon this type of worker because of his pure heart and sincere life. There life is open before God and is naked and not ashamed.
Grace Emmanuel's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 20 on 8/29/2014, 11:55am...
in the house of God church there are different talent some for common and some for special purposes but if a man clean itself he shall be use be meet for masters ues
June R. Tillman's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 4 on 8/26/2014, 2:59pm...
Well, Timothy is saying something that the local church is not doing. The church is involved with everything the world is doing and say it is our civic duty to me involved in protesting, talk shows debates, movies and etc. Explain this to me.
Moses Njenga's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 15 on 7/23/2014, 12:02pm...
It 's not Timothy today, its you and me, we should emulate the Church of Bereans by studying and rightly dividing in the midst of false doctrine,.shame will be a thing of past for the Gospel is the power of GOD unto salvation.
Blessed's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 7/23/2014, 8:53am...
THE SPIRIT IS WILLING THE FLESH IS WEAK.
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