2 Timothy Chapter 2

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Introduction

THIS chapter is made up of various exhortations and encouragements to duty. The apostle exhorts Timothy to be strong in the Christian graces, 2 Tim 2:1; to commit the great trust which he had received to faithful men, 2 Tim 2:2; to endure hardships like a good soldier, 2 Tim 2:3ff, and refers him

(a.) to the case of one who goes to war, whose great business it is to please him in whose service he is 2 Tim 2:4;

(b.) to the case of one who strives for a crown at the games, 2 Tim 2:5; and

(c.) to the husbandman who looks onward for the reward of his labour, 2 Tim 2:6. He then, in order to encourage to be patient in enduring the trials to which he would be exposed, refers him

(a.) to the certainty of the truth of that religion in whose cause he would suffer, 2 Tim 2:8;

(b.) to his own case, reminding him how much he had endured in that cause, 2 Tim 2:9, 2 Tim 2:10;

(c.) to the fact that our sufferings here will be crowned with certain glory hereafter, 2 Tim 2:11, 2 Tim 2:12; and

(d.) to the assurance that Jesus will be faithful to all his promises to his people, 2 Tim 2:13. These things the apostle then exhorts him to press upon the hearts of others, that they might not waste their time in unprofitable pursuits, but might engage in the same great and arduous struggle for securing the reward, 2 Tim 2:14. He then exhorts Timothy to study to perform his duties in such a way that he Would not be ashamed, and to avoid the unimportant strifes which were then raging; and to enforce this, he refers to a real case with which Timothy was acquainted -- that of Hymeneus and Philetus, who, by unprofitable speculations, had been led to deny a fundamental doctrine of religion, 2 Tim 2:15ff. Yet, Paul says, he should not be discouraged because some had been led into dangerous errors. The foundation of God remained firm. Those that were truly his were known, and would not apostatize, 2 Tim 2:19. In illustration of this, and to show that it was to be expected that all would not honour religion, the apostle refers to a house in which there were all sorts of vessels, some to honour and some to dishonour, and says that, if any one would endeavour to free himself from all that was base and impure, he would be a vessel meet for the use of the Master, 2 Tim 2:20, 2 Tim 2:21. To accomplish this, he gives Timothy various directions respecting his conduct. He was to flee from youthful lusts; he was to follow righteousness, faith, charity, and peace; he was to avoid foolish questions; he was to be example of gentleness and meekness, and he was patiently to instruct those that were of a different character, 2 Tim 2:22ff.

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

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. edit

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

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. edit

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

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

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

8: Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: edit

9: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. edit

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. edit

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

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

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

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. edit

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

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

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

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

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. edit

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. edit

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. edit

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

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

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

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

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

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