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1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

8 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.

11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 


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Matthew Henry's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 Bible commentary...



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.

 


Recent Comments for 2 Timothy Chapter 2...

 


Anonymous's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 15 on 4/09/2014, 7:19pm...

This is very beautiful and really powerful verse.

 


Natalie's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 2/26/2014, 7:47am...

2 Timothy serves as a road map to young ministers It not only tell them but shows them the difficulties that lies ahead because of the choice they have made to be a servant soldier of God and a follower of Christ It also shows them the seriousness of staying focused and being about the Lord s buiness because it s the only thing thats going to prove them in the end

 


Jaime andres's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 20 on 2/23/2014, 9:01am...

2 timothy 2 20 tells about the members of a church as vessels there is a broken vessel a vessel with a hole a disposable vessel plastic vessel ornamental vessel and there is a vessel that has a great use for the service of the Lord Jesus and God

 


Caster Odhiambo's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 1/11/2014, 11:49am...

2 Tim 2:3-4
Servants of God must endure hardship because in their endevour to preach the gospel the devil will not be happy with them; he will fight back. i mean if they will serve the Lord and in his power, they should be ready to suffer for him.

As a soldier on the forefront of the battle you have to fight, be focussed on the enemy at the back of your mind knowing you have to please the captain that has chosen you and remebering the don'ts that might lead you to being exposed to the enemy.

 


Ben C Unakalamba's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 15 on 1/07/2014, 6:34am...

Knowledge is power.

 


Gabriel odum's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 5 on 1/04/2014, 7:04am...

If any competes in a contest he is not crowned except he strives lawfully. In a nut shell a person that wants to get to heaven must be holy. The bible in hebrew 12:14, say follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the lord

 


Topel Sweeney's 2 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 12/26/2013, 3:19pm...

There are times to march and times to run away. Vs22 is an example of where to turn from the battle.

"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are just a few things that a soldier of the Lord is to be evasive towards. The instruction doesn't stop there though... once we turn from self defeating lusts; then, we are to follow after the things of God with others who desire to stay clean and faithful to their Master. Righteousness, faith, charity, & peace are a tall order; but, excellent destinations to press toward with the right crowd. It is God's will for us to want to be around brothers and sisters that Love the Lord Jesus Christ.

 


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1.  Which of the following statements does not appear in 2 Timothy Chapter 2?


Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus
Flee also youthful lusts
Foolish and unlearned questions avoid
But shun profane and vain babblings
For though I made you sorry with a letter I do not repent


 



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