Scripture: II Timothy 2

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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A Workman Approved By God

II Timothy 2:1-26 (WEB) 1 You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same things to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn’t crowned unless he has competed by the rules. The farmer who labors must be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.  Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the offspring of David, according to my Good News, in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God’s word isn’t chained. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the chosen ones’ sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 This saying is trustworthy: “For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him.  12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him.  If we deny Him, He also will deny us.  13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He can’t deny Himself.”  14 Remind them of these things, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they don’t argue about words, to no profit, to the subverting of those who hear.  15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth. 16 But shun empty chatter, for it will go further in ungodliness, 17 and those words will consume like gangrene, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus: 18 men who have erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past, and overthrowing the faith of some. 19 However God’s firm foundation stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.” 20 Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor. 21 If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master’s use, prepared for every good work.  22 Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife. 24 The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but be gentle toward all, able to teach, patient, 25 in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may recover themselves out of the devil’s snare, having been taken captive by him (the devil) to his will.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul encourage Timothy to do (II Timothy 2:1-2)? Paul encouraged Timothy to be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  Paul encouraged Timothy to teach others what he had learned so they could pass it on.

2. What did Paul tell Timothy he must endure (II Timothy 2:3)? Paul said Timothy must endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

3. What did Paul tell Timothy to remember (II Timothy 2:8-10)? Paul told Timothy to remember Jesus Christ who was risen from the dead, an offspring of David, according to the Good News.  He reminded Timothy he himself suffered hardship to the points of being in chains as a criminal.  But God’s Word wasn’t chained. Paul said he had endured all things for the chosen ones’ sake, so that they might obtain a salvation which is in Christ Jesus.

4. What did Paul say about dying with Christ (II Timothy 2:11)? Paul said if they died with Christ, they would also live with Christ.

5. What did Paul say would happen to those who endured (II Timothy 2:12a)? Paul said those who endured would also reign with Christ.

6. What would happen to those who denied Christ (II Timothy 2:12b)? Paul said those who denied Christ, He would also deny them.

7. What about those who were faithless what would happen to them (II Timothy 2:13)? Though some would be faithless, Christ would remain faithful for He cannot deny Himself.

8. Of what did Paul tell Timothy to remind others (II Timothy 2:14)?  Timothy was to remind them of what Paul had said. They were not to argue about words because it was of no value and only ruined those who listened.

9. According to Paul, how was Timothy to present himself to God (II Timothy 2:15-16)? Paul told Timothy to do his best to present himself to God as one approved, a workman who didn’t need to be ashamed and who correctly handled the word of truth.  He was to avoid godless chatter, because those who indulged in it would become more and more ungodly.

10.  What had Hymenaeus and Philetus been saying and what was happening because of what they were saying (II Timothy 2:17-18)? Hymenaeus and Philetus had erred by saying the resurrection had already passed.  They were overthrowing the faith of some.

11. Who does the Lord know (II Timothy 2:19a)? God’s foundation stands firm.  He knows those who are His.

12. Who did Paul want to depart from unrighteousness (II Timothy 2:19b)? Everyone who names the name of the Lord.

13. What kind of person (house) did Paul urge Timothy to be when he talked about a large house (II Timothy 2:20-21)? My Bible notes: Paul urged Timothy to be the kind of person Christ could use for His noblest purposes. 

14. What did Paul encourage Timothy to do and not do (II Timothy 2:22-26)?  Timothy was encouraged to flee youthful lusts, but to pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace with those who called on the Lord out of a pure heart.  And Timothy was encouraged to refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, know that they generated strife. Timothy was also encouraged to not quarrel, but be gentle toward all, able to teach, patient, in gentleness to correct those who opposed him so that perhaps God might give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth and they might recover themselves from the devil’s snare, having been taken captive by him to his (the devil’s) will.

HEAR the WORD

II Timothy 2:4-7No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn’t crowned unless he has competed by the rules. The farmer who labors must be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: As Timothy preached and taught he would face suffering, but he should be able to endure. Paul used a comparison with soldiers, athletes, and farmers who  must discipline themselves and be willing to sacrifice to achieve the results they want.  Like a soldier, we have to give up worldly security and endure rigorous discipline.  Like an athlete, we must train hard and follow the rules.  Like farmers, we must work extremely hard and be patient.  But we keep going despite suffering because of the thought of victory, the vision of winning, and the hope of harvest. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

II Timothy 2:22 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.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

One day we will reach the goal of living in eternity with God. But right now we need to allow God to use us as an instrument of His will. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

The way to have eternal life must be shared with others. When we follow God’s truth He will never forsake us.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will trust completely in Your Son Christ Jesus and His power (II Timothy 2:1).  Lord, I pray we will endure whatever comes into our life and thus please You (II Timothy 2:3-4).  Lord, I pray we will endure everything for the sake of those You’ve chosen, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Your Son, Christ Jesus (II Timothy 2:10).  Lord, I pray we will indeed live with Him and reign with Him (II Timothy 2:11-12).  Lord, I pray we will not quarrel about Your Word (II Timothy 2:14).  Lord, I pray we will do our best to present ourselves to You as one approved, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15).  Lord, I pray we will stand on Your solid foundation (II Timothy 2:19).  Lord, I pray we will be holy and useful for You.  I pray we will be prepared to do good work (II Timothy 2:21). Lord, I pray we will flee evil desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those who call on You out of a pure heart (II Timothy 2:22).  Lord, I pray we will not have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments (II Timothy 2:23).  Lord, I pray we will be kind to everyone, able to teach and not be resentful (II Timothy 2:24). Lord, I pray we will gently instruct, in the hope that You will grant those we teach repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.  So they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil (II Timothy 2:25-26).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I help as many as we can to come into God’s kingdom.” <>< Dona