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2 Timothy 2-4
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).
"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.
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).
"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 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.
"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.
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.
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).
"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.
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.
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