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2 Timothy 2-4

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

2 Timothy Chapter 2

Paul commended, and commanded, Timothy to "2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 2:1 KJV), meaning to continue Growing In The Grace And Knowledge - the purpose of human physical life. While many pervert Grace Into Licentiousness, only those who truly obey God will enter The Kingdom of God. Christ died for repentant sinners, whereas "21:8 the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8 KJV).

The Ten Commandments

"2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2:2 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. 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2:4 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. 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 2:6 The Husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David [see The Root and The Offspring and Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah] was raised from the dead [see What Happens When You Die?] according to my gospel [listen to the Sermon Christ's Passover: The Death And Birth Of The Saviour from our Sermons page]: 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes [see The Elect], that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him [see Born Again, How and When? and When Will You Be Judged?]: 2:12 If we suffer [see Trials and Tribulations and No Pain, No Gain], we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself." (2 Timothy 2:1-13 KJV)

Teachers must first learn the Word of God that they profess to teach, otherwise they are merely promulgating and propagandizing their own self-serving philosophy in the name of the Word of God. Those who have never read the Word of God cannot truly teach the Word of God, so "2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).

The Word of God

"2:14 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. 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some [see Resurrections]. 2:19 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.

2:20 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. 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified [see Sanctify], and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of A Pure Heart. 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth [see The Cure For The Carnal Mind]; 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (2 Timothy 2:14-26 KJV)

2 Timothy Chapter 3

Paul's letter was addressed to Timothy, but as with nearly all of Paul's Epistles (see also Paul's Ministry), much of what was written was Prophecy of the time just prior to Christ's return (see also Could Christ Return Tonight?). His "in the last days perilous times shall come" prophecy is most certainly included in that.

A Wolf

"3:1 This know also, that in the last days [see also The End Of The World?] perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves [see also Sodomites], covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded [see High Places of The Mind], lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses [see also The Education Of Moses and Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?], so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, Reprobate concerning the faith. 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was." (2 Timothy 3:1-9 KJV)

Paul's charge to Timothy was, in effect, a graduation of a former student into a fellow teacher: "3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:14-15 KJV). Timothy became one of the most effective servants of God in that era.

"3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:10-17 KJV)

2 Timothy Chapter 4

The Quick and The Dead will be judged by Christ "at his appearing and his kingdom." Until that day of Christ's return, everyone that has ever died is dead (see What Happens When You Die?), awaiting their time of resurrection (see Resurrections). Paul spoke of his own approaching death in that same way, that he would remain dead until Christ's return: "4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:8 KJV).

The Return Of Jesus Christ

"4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing [see Behold, He Cometh With Clouds] and his kingdom [see The Coming World Dictator]; 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables [see Is Truth What You Want To Hear? and I Did It My Way] 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing [see To Meet The Lord In The Air]" (2 Timothy 4:1-8 KJV)

Paul concludes his second epistle to Timothy with personal remarks and greetings. His "4:13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments" request demonstrates Paul was almost certainly unaware that The Lord would include his letters in The Holy Scriptures - but He did because it was the Holy Spirit "speaking," not merely a man.

"4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. 4:11 Only Luke is with me [note that Luke's writing of Acts was very much a record of Paul's ministry - see Luke's Lessons To Theophilus]. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. 4:13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 4:15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila [see Priscilla and Aquila], and the household of Onesiphorus. 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. 4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen." (2 Timothy 4:9-22 KJV)

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