2 Timothy 2. Forum Discussion

Preparing for the ministry

There are two particularly beautiful verses in 2 Timothy 2 for us to look at for today’s study:

  1. “You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” – 2 Timothy 2:1.
  2. “For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:11-13.

We will look at these one at a time.

“You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” – 2 Timothy 2:1.

If we go back to the definition of grace being, “Unmerited favor” or “Receiving something that you have not earned”, this gets to be a very thought-provoking sentence that Paul writes to Timothy. As his “Spiritual father”, Paul is telling Timothy to draw strength from his faith and believe that Jesus is always going to provide the things that he needs to remain strong and preach the gospel.

Paul repeatedly encourages the younger Timothy to keep on fighting the good fight and to remain strong. There is good reason for this. Paul is older and more experienced. He understands the types of hardships that one who devotes themselves to the Lord are going to face. These are likely to include loneliness, rejection, false accusations, persecution, etc. Paul understands this better than anybody. Paul is writing to Timothy while bound in chains and imprisoned for teaching the gospel.

2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Paul was never one to sugarcoat the difficulties that Christians are going to encounter in their lives. He also was quick to point out that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). Paul wanted to make sure that Timothy entered the next phase of his preaching and teaching with his eyes wide open to the dangers and difficulties that were in front of him.

“For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” - 2 Timothy 2:11-13.

Paul makes several points in this scripture.

“For if we died with Him, we also live with Him.” We must begin making decisions that are right with God and not for selfish reasons. In doing so, we give up our own earthly desires so that our love for Christ can be strengthened. If our focus is on ourselves, we distance ourselves from Christ.

“If we endure, we will also reign with Him.” There is nothing in the bible that tells us life is going to be easy. There is a lot of scripture, however, that talks about how to handle suffering and why God allows us to suffer. There are a lot of scriptures about perseverance. We must keep believing, keep hoping, and keep striving to be more like Christ. In doing so, we begin to obtain the peace that passes all understanding that Paul talks about in Philippians 4:7.

“If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” 1 Timothy 2:5 states, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Jesus is going to be the One who will advocate to God for us on the day of judgement. There are a lot of ways that we can chose to deny Christ but the most obvious one is by deliberately not keeping His commandments. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” What are we saying to Jesus when we do not obey His commandments? And what do we expect Him to say about us to His Father if that is the case?

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful.” Jesus is strong when we are weak. In our weakest moments in life, there is only one Savior able to bring us peace. We can always turn to Jesus regardless of the circumstances we are in.

We will conclude today’s study by looking at the type of perseverance that is required for Christians to be successful in their efforts to bring glory to God. Paul compares Christian experiences to those of a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer. In all three examples, if a person is not willing to put the necessary work in, they will fail.

  • A soldier that quits on the battlefield halfway through the battle will easily be defeated.
  • An athlete that only tries hard for part of the competition will fail.
  • A farmer that does not stay on top of his or her crops will reap nothing.

To truly follow Jesus requires toughness, perseverance, and hard work. We cannot become lazy or satisfied. God wants us to keep on running until the race is won.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 2 Timothy 3 and how all scripture is inspired by God. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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How can the grace of Jesus help us to get through difficult times?

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Michael
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In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul writes, "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

It's when we are most vulnerable, feeling down, and struggling, that God can reveal the true extend of His wonderful, saving grace. We just can not give up!

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