Showing posts with label 2 Timothy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2 Timothy. Show all posts

Friday, April 18, 2014

2 Timothy 4

Paul, in his final words packed with emotion, charges Timothy by Christ, to preach the Word. He wants Timothy to be always ready to "correct, rebuke and encourage" with great patience and careful instruction.

Paul warns that a time will come when people will surround themselves with teachers who say only what people want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Timothy is told to maintain his composure in all situations, endure afflictions, be an evangelist, and fulfill his ministry.

Paul says he is already being poured out as a drink offering. He has fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. A crown of righteousness will be laid upon him, along with those who have longed for Lord's appearance, by Lord Himself, on that Day.

Only Luke is with Paul now; there are some bitter references to those who have left Paul or done him harm. Paul asks Timothy to get couple of this items - his cloak for warmth in the prison cell and his parchment scrolls or "Bible" when he gets back.

Paul wrote about his first defense - nobody stood with him, everyone deserted him. However, Lord was faithful to him, and delivered him from the mouth of the lion.
2 Timothy 4:18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Timothy 3

Paul warns Timothy that perilous and terrible times will come in those last days - this is the time between the first and second coming of Jesus Christ. This is the time when the reign of evil will intensity and perpetuate even into churches. He does not want his son to associate with such people.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Next, Paul goes on to unmask those deceptive tactics of those false teachers, noting their user of religion to prey on vulnerable women. These men have depraved minds and reject the truth. Soon their tactics will be revealed to everyone.
2 Timothy 3:9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Having known Paul, Timothy now has a point of reference in Paul's way of life, teachings and sufferings. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12-13 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
The Scriptures are "God-breathed," and their inspiration makes people equipped to lead godly lives and carry out God-given ministry.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

My Thoughts:
Paul is sharing all his intimate thoughts with Timothy - his dear son. It is a blessing to get a glimpse of these writings. 

2 Timothy 2

Timothy is urged to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. He is to spread the word among faithful men, who are qualified to teach others. In order to fulfill responsibilities, Timothy will have to endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. As in athletics, one must compete accord to set rules. One must also be hard-working, like a farmer, knowing that there will be an eternal reward.

Timothy is reminded about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the seed of David, who was crucified and raised from the dead. God's words cannot be chained when it's messengers like Paul can be put to chains like a criminal. Paul is enduring all things for the sake of the elect. If we died with Christ, we shall also live with him if we endure.

Trustworthy Sayings #4:
2 Timothy 2:11 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 remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself.
Next, Paul charges Timothy on how to deal with false teachers. He is told to remind believers of the true faith and warn them about useless and harmful word battles which deny the gospel and destroy people spiritually. He is told to offer himself as one who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
Few words of wisdom are to flee youthful lusts, and foolish and ignorant disputes. The servant of the Lord must correct others in humility.
2 Timothy 2:22-26 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. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 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 1

This is believed to be Paul's final letter. Paul defines himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus. Grace, mercy and peace, and a joyful remembrance of Timothy’s faith. Paul longs to meet his dear son:
2 Timothy 1:4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 
In his emotional thanksgiving, Paul then encourages Timothy to stay faithful, and recalls his sincere faith that was passed down from his grandmother and mother. He is told to serve boldly, lovingly and diligently according to his God-given gifts. He should not be ashamed of God or Paul; instead join in sufferings for gospel, by the power of God.

Paul shares the secret of his confidence - knowing Christ.
2 Timothy 1:12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
Timothy is told to faithfully guard those good things which were committed to him by the Holy Spirit.

Paul gives couple of examples of loyalty and disloyalty. Phygellus and Hermogenes had turned away from Paul. Onesiphorus has kept faith, and has not been ashamed of Paul’s chains.