> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Many a time, Christians have plunged into useless and silly arguments while the citadel of their faith was destroyed. 2 Timothy 2:24, NIV: "And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful." Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The Arabic version renders it, "the secrets, or mysteries that thou hast heard of me"; the mysteries of the grace of God, which he had often heard him … 2 Timothy 2:14, NASB : "Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers." [12] Jerome, as quoted by H. D. M. Spence, Ellicott's Commentary on the Holy Bible, Vol. Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: and, Let every one that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness. This is a faithful saying; and therefore we sing, “We shall live with Him because we died with Him, etc.”. 2 You therefore, my [] son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Where in history was there ever such a proverb as this? 2 Timothy 3. 2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV). The husbandman that laboureth must be the first to partake of the fruits. Amplified: So you, my son, be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus. On the whole (b) seems best, and the meaning of the whole sentence is: ‘Hold as a pattern of sound words, in faith and love, what you heard from me’; cp. Pin 0. 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5. White proposed that Paul might have meant that Timothy would benefit no matter how successful or unsuccessful his efforts might prove to be, thus: "The laborer receives his hire no matter how poor the crop may be; his wages are the first charge on the field"[8] (See 1 Corinthians 9:10). In the last analysis, every man shall be judged on the basis of his deeds, whether they be good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10). Christians? Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. [24] Alan G. Nute, A New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 521. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to … Ward, Commentary on 1,2Timothy and Titus (Waco, Texas: Word Books, 1974), p. 166. Watch our overview video on 2 Timothy, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Satan indeed takes captive (alive) the unfortunate souls who are entrapped in evil and thus become servants of the devil's will. And yet, how difficult, how nearly impossible is it properly to reflect upon such things! The thing in view here is that even the vessels of dishonor will serve the Father's will in God's own way; but that is a far different thing from the proposition that they will all be saved any way. Chapter 2. 1 Thou therefore, my sonne, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Iesus. I have fought the good fight. But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra— what persecutions I endured. Neither Timothy, therefore, nor any of the Christians need have the slightest fear of anything that Rome may be able to do to them. 3 Thou therefore indure hardnesse, as a good souldier of Iesus Christ. 3 You therefore must endure [] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Choose a verse from '2 Timothy 2' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org. Writing of his own endurance in hardship, Paul stresses the need to be true to the Lord Study 2 Timothy 2 using B. W. Johnson’s Bible Commentary to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Where or when in the history of the world have popular proverbs needed to be "introduced" by any kind of preliminary identification? And the things which thou hast heard from men among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. All other rights reserved. The words have the following basic meaning: The old expositors understood this as a reference to making the proper division between the law and the gospel, between the Old Testament and the New Testament; and, in view of the basic meaning of the words here rendered "handling aright," there is absolutely nothing wrong with such an exegesis. … The phrase "rightly dividing the word of truth" is not inaccurate, but somewhat misleading. They had spiritualized the resurrection, claiming that it had already happened. 2 You therefore, my [] son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. i. The elect ... Ward quite properly noted that "This text implies that it is not the bare fact of election that saves men. It is titled, as are the other personal letters of Paul to individuals (1 Timothy, Titus and Philemon), with the name of the addressee (1:2). - all such notions are refuted by Paul's words here. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.a. If Timothy hasn’t yet figured out that success in his ministry isn’t predicated on his creativity and insight, this part of the letter might fix that. Building on the theme of God’s word, I will explore the phrase “being bearers of God’s word.” I think it is helpful to press the point that Paul is not working alone here; he … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8" 1:13, see Special Topic at 1:14). 1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. [15] Ronald A. This is Paul's own way of emphatically affirming the truth of the pithy statement he was about to write. The constant theme of Paul's preaching invariably stressed the resurrection of Christ from the dead; and, in the threatening situation under which Paul wrote, it was most appropriate that this should be stressed again. Not only are such arguments of no profit, as Paul said; but they are actively mischievous, destructive and subversive of true faith. He warned Timothy that he must be prepared to endure hardship for Christ even as a soldier endures hardship (2:3-4)—and to compete by the rules even as an athlete does so to win the crown (2:5). "This figure of speech implies that they have an itch that must be scratched, or as William Barclay puts it, "they have ears which have to be continually titillated with novelties" (The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, p. 202). Verse 4. (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:19, 20) The designation “foundation of God,” when applied to Christ, would fit his being identified as the “living stone” that God laid and on which the community of believers is built. No. As White said: The firm foundation of God standeth ... Perhaps the best interpretation of this is to see it as a metaphor of the church, of which Jesus said, "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it." When believers are baptized into the Lord, their constant duty ever afterward is to maintain their identity as Christ and in Christ, a duty that enlists the full employment and constant cultivation of the total religious life of the individual. If we are faithless ... Gould thought that the sin in focus here was of a less reprehensible nature than that of denying Christ, saying, "This represents a failure not in belief, but in fidelity. 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18. Despite the attraction that this rendition has for some, we shall stick to the ASV. The great thesis of current times to the effect that "I'll do it my way," "I'll work out my own religion," etc. There was a Ham in the ark, an Esau in the womb of Rebekah, and a Judas among the Twelve. 1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus b by the will of God according to c the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,. Verse 2. For the elect's sake ... Disputes about whether this means those already saved or those to be saved in the future are pointless. After all, as Spence said, "Both these quotations go much farther and far deeper than the places cited in the Old Testament. He exhorts Timothy to constancy, fidelity, and courage; and to acquit himself as a true soldier of Jesus Christ; and patiently expect the fruit of his labours, 1-7.What the apostle's doctrine was relative to Christ, 8.He mentions his own sufferings and consolations, 9-13.What Timothy is to preach, how he is to acquit himself, and what he is to shun, 14-16. Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. But flee youthful lusts, and follow after righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Free one source commentary on 2 Timothy for preachers, teachers, and students. 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. Cause words include: because, since, and sometimes for (e.g. The current theology which refuses to recognize Satan is blind and ignorant of the truth, which despite its denial is even today affirmed by the basic instincts of the human race. 2:16), and “stupid and senseless controversies” (2 Tim. The eternal mystery of why there should be vessels of dishonor in God's church is perpetual. IX (Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1969), p. 641. cit., p. 260. [21] Don DeWelt, Paul's Letters to Timothy and Titus (Joplin, Missouri: College Press, 1961), p. 218. 2 Timothy 2 New King James Version (NKJV) Be Strong in Grace. Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Tm 2:17), while accepting the Christian’s mystical death and resurrection in Christ through baptism, claimed that baptized Christians are already risen with Christ in this life and thus that there is no future bodily resurrection or eternal glory to come. 2 Timothy 2:14, KJV: "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 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. 2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore my son be s trong in (by means of) the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Both this metaphor and that of the field-laborer (next verse) are likewise associated in Paul's letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 9:7-10,24ff), where is also found a more extensive development of both figures. Our Lord Jesus Himself, as man, is the great Exemplar of this law. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "[23] Alan G. Nute summed up the meaning of this verse as "An appeal for a straightforward, balanced exegesis of holy Scripture."[24]. 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. The end result of such disputations is not righteousness, but ungodliness. "Contending lawfully" means that the child of God must recognize the divine rules, endure the disciplines, fulfill all requirements regarding the proper enrollment, always abiding by the rules of the contest, if he hopes to receive eternal life. Commentary on 2 Timothy 2:1-7 (Read 2 Timothy 2:1-7) As our trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Christ stronger. "[15] The faithfulness of the elect even after they were saved "from their old sins" is likewise implied here; because the message of this verse is that such necessary fidelity would be greatly encouraged and aided by Paul's faithful suffering of martyrdom. This refers especially to the striving about words to no profit, mentioned above. 2 Timothy 2:3-13. 2 Timothy 2:1-26—Read the Bible online or download free. But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes. ν ὑμῖν τὰ ἔπεα τάδε τίθεμαι, οἵτινες ἱκανοὶ ἔσονται καὶ ἑτέρους διδάξαι, that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Such passages as this admonish men to be strengthened; as White said: The very grace that is designed to strengthen Christians is "in Christ." Neither was the apostle Paul. Faithful is the saying ... Lenski wrote: Furthermore, there is no evidence that "faithful is the saying" constitutes any kind of popular formula for introducing a proverb. 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. [11] Henry Ward Beecher, The Biblical Illustrator (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1956), p. 153. Using the illustrations of a soldier, athlete, and farmer, Paul exhorts Timothy to endure hardship, to be faithful, and to work hard. All of these trends are the logical result of dispensing with God and his holy word. Cause: expresses the basis or cause of an action. 2. His mind dwells now on the evil of the times, now on the diffidence of Timothy. Encouraging him to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, Paul then charges Timothy to commit what he has learned to faithful men who can pass it along (1-2). Go To 2 Timothy Index. Paul's gospel was the same as that of all the apostles, and he used the possessive pronoun in exactly the same sense as when he said, "my God and my Saviour." This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. First to partake of the fruits ... As a matter of truth, any minister of the gospel who labors to encourage and strengthen others is the first to partake of the new and greater strength himself. Lesson 8: Strong in Grace (2 Timothy 2:1) Lesson 9: Handing Off the Truth (2 Timothy 2:2) Lesson 10: Embracing Hardship for the Gospel (2 Tim. Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some unto honor, and some unto dishonor. Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:2 Context. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 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[3] A. C. Hervey, The Pulpit Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. 2 Timothy 2:2, NLT: "You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Paul begins and ends this passage with Jesus Christ. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! It may appear surprising that such a false notion would have been able to overthrow the faith of some, but history has demonstrated that the more ridiculous and preposterous some heretical teaching is, the more readily some unstable souls are attracted and destroyed by it. Doing sinful things is actually opposing one's self. 1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they strive not about words, to no profit, to the subverting of them that hear. That thread is, of course, Jesus Christ. As a great encouragement to Timothy, the last half of the chapter points out that there is no need to fear for the church, which is securely anchored against all errors and misfortunes. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. Besides that, Paul himself worked at tent-making in order to support himself and his companions during their missionary labors. 3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. Strive not about words, to no profit ... Needless and useless argumentation have been the bane of historical Christianity. 2:2 "the things you have heard from me" Timothy is to pass on Paul's Apostolic teachings, not his own personal opinions or theories (cf. 2 Timothy 1:1-14. There are echoes of both of these sayings in the Old Testament (Numbers 16:5; Isaiah 51:11), but it is better to view them as Paul's own inspired Scripture, and not as partial or garbled quotations from the Old Testament. There is nothing more needed upon the part of rushing, harried, heedless multitudes than that of reflection upon life and death, their meaning and purpose, and the need of facing both in a frame of reference that takes the will of God into account. How deplorable, therefore, is the attitude of some expositors who use the newer versions to poke fun at the old interpretations. This and the following verses have a special relevance to Paul's appeal to Timothy for fidelity no matter what might happen. It is founded upon solid rock, and neither time nor savage persecutions will be able to destroy it. 2 Timothy 1:13-2:2; Mentoring Others: Spiritual leaders should develop a core of faithful men and women who can multiply their efforts. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. The essential foolishness of all sin and wrong-doing is implied in these words. And the things which thou hast heard from men among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. StudyLıght.org. Had there been any wavering on his part, any form of retraction, denial or adjustment of the holy message he had shouted up and down the ancient empire; had there been on Paul's part the slightest evidence of his doubt concerning what he had taught; if he had ever given the tiniest indication of any willingness to compromise the truth to save his life - any such weakness of the apostle under pressure would have brought agony to the believers of all generations and shouts of triumph from their enemies. 2 Timothy Greeting. Alternately ‘from these’ may refer to the unrighteousness from which the one who calls on the Name of the Lord has to depart (2 Timothy 2:19), seen as being in the plural, with the plural pronoun signifying ‘acts of unrighteousness’, or it may refer to shunning profane babblings and the false prophets mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:16-18. The word "consider" comes from Latin roots which mean, when taken together, "with the stars"; and, therefore, Plumptre's rendition surely gives the thought. e Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.. Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You. Timothy is the young pastor that Paul has left in place in Ephesus with the task of grounding the new Christians and strengthening the Church. James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the person of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Verse 5 . There are charges that it is the work of an anonymous follower, after Paul's death in the first century AD. [5] John Wesley, New Testament Commentary, 2Timothy (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1976), p. 209. He is the source and spring of both faith and love; cp. 2 TIMOTHY COMMENTARY The New Testament for English Readers. [8] Newport J. D. White, op. 2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 2 Timothy 2:2, NIV: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. Zerr gave the practical thought here, that "Any kind of occupation whether right or wrong in itself that prevents a disciple from doing his duty would constitute the entangling affairs mentioned in this verse."[7]. Chrysostom's comment on this was, "Every inordinate desire is a youthful lust. For biographical information on Timothy (see Introduction to 1 Timothy: Title). 2 Timothy 1. [6] David Lipscomb, New Testament Commentaries, 2Timothy (Nashville: The Gospel Advocate Company, 1976), p. 209. Observe,1. Hymenaeus and Philetus ... Having identified their teaching as "gangrene," Paul then proceeded to give one of the salient features of their false doctrine. Consideration is the bottom layer of all true faith and worship. "[21] All that Paul wrote to Timothy and his charges in Ephesus had in view the utter necessity of true fidelity and unwavering loyalty to Christ on the part of every Christian who hoped to share in the eternal reward. Timothy can only getthis power by the grace that is in Christ Jesus. This truth is exactly parallel to Romans 6:18 and Titus 1:2, being therefore Pauline and having no connection whatever with any old proverb. 2 Timothy 2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Be Strong. Vessels of gold ... silver ... wood ... earth ... Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. cit., p. 168. Thus, it is … Continue reading "Commentary on 2 Timothy 2:8-15" Was Shakespeare quoting the hymns of Medieval Englishmen? The physician or nurse does not respond to the illness of the patients with blows and threats, but with gentleness, forbearance and understanding. All of the elect of all times and places truly benefit from the faithful suffering of the apostle Paul. Stir up the gift of God given you through the laying on of my hands. Tell us about your experience with our teaching - James: An Epistle of James . 2nd Timothy An Epistle of Paul. "[28] For example, there are strong connections in the first of these with John 14:27-29. - 2 Timothy, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media. 2 Timothy 2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Be Strong. It is not hard to see why Paul elected that particular phase of their false doctrine as the target of these words; for, in view of the impending death of many Christians in the great persecution, it had a special relevance for that time and circumstance. Paul repeatedly warns Timothy to avoid “wrangling over words” (2 Tim. 2 Timothy 2. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Those arguments which make frequent use of God's name, and yet without honor and submission to God's will, are actually profane in spite of any cloak of piety; and there are many religious discussions which fall squarely into this category. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 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 And the things that thou hast heard of mee among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithfull men, who shall be able to teach others also. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-timothy-2.html. This bookending structure illuminates a central component to the argument that is threaded through chapter 2 of 2 Timothy. Another thing to encourage him in suffering was that he had Paul for an example. The figure is that of a great foundation for some mighty building; and, as it was common in ancient times, to engrave some seal or name upon the foundation, Paul gave the illustration of God's seal upon the foundation which is the church. Working hard for a faithful God. Dying with Christ is a metaphorical reference to denying one's self, contrition and repentance experienced at the time of being baptized "into his death." II, 2Tim., p. 135. 5. ... 2Ti 2:2 - The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, ... Interlinear Bibles Cross-Refs Commentaries Dictionaries Misc 2 Timothy 1. Verses 1-26. Copy Options. 1983-1999. “they will not make further progress FOR their folly will be obvious to all” 3:9). VIII (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1970), p. 226. wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound. 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? In the light of this, how unpromising must be the hope of those who will not endure any hardship or suffering at all for the sake of the holy faith? The school of scholars who find here any reference to "the succession of apostolic doctrine through apostolic men,"[3] find what is not in the passage at all. At the same time, his sufferings were for those already saved; because, if any moral failure had marred Paul's life at this juncture, the faith of many Christians then living would have been destroyed by such a disaster. [10] E. H. Plumptre, The Biblical Illustrator (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1956), p. 152. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. This is a good reminder for Christian workers that not all talk at the water cooler is profitable, even if it is not downright evil. Video 2 Timothy 2:3-7; Suffering for Christ: When we serve our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully, we should expect difficult challenges that may at times create intense times of persecution. m Grace be with you. It is natural that in the circumstances of the primitive Church the building up of converts in the faith should have occupied a larger place in the Christian consciousness than the functions of an official ministry; but the historical continuity of the ministry of order is of course … This letter was not written in the second century, as was once alleged, but in the period of Nero, as the Greek text shows; and there simply had not been sufficient time elapsed for hymns and liturgies to have been developed and to have gained popularity that would have justified Paul's use of such things in his letters. "[31] Sound as such a view surely is, it is extremely doubtful that Timothy, at the time of Paul's writing, had reached an age when this advice was inappropriate. Lenski gave "Join in suffering what is bad" as the heading of this chapter. IV (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1967), p. 160. St-Takla.org Image: Tradition: ‘Timothy, be strong in the love that is in Jesus. [22] Kenneth S. Wuest, Word Studies from the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. 2 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:24 Parallel Verses. Certainly no preacher can "cut it straight," "tell it like it is," or employ "sound exegesis," without making these very distinctions clear in his preaching. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing 2 Timothy 2:2: 1 John 2:27 2 Timothy 2:1 : 2 Timothy 2:3 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Many a time, Christians have plunged into useless and silly arguments while the citadel of their faith was destroyed. 2 Timothy 2:24, NIV: "And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful." Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The Arabic version renders it, "the secrets, or mysteries that thou hast heard of me"; the mysteries of the grace of God, which he had often heard him … 2 Timothy 2:14, NASB : "Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers." [12] Jerome, as quoted by H. D. M. Spence, Ellicott's Commentary on the Holy Bible, Vol. Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: and, Let every one that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness. This is a faithful saying; and therefore we sing, “We shall live with Him because we died with Him, etc.”. 2 You therefore, my [] son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Where in history was there ever such a proverb as this? 2 Timothy 3. 2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV). The husbandman that laboureth must be the first to partake of the fruits. Amplified: So you, my son, be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus. On the whole (b) seems best, and the meaning of the whole sentence is: ‘Hold as a pattern of sound words, in faith and love, what you heard from me’; cp. Pin 0. 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5. White proposed that Paul might have meant that Timothy would benefit no matter how successful or unsuccessful his efforts might prove to be, thus: "The laborer receives his hire no matter how poor the crop may be; his wages are the first charge on the field"[8] (See 1 Corinthians 9:10). In the last analysis, every man shall be judged on the basis of his deeds, whether they be good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10). Christians? Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. [24] Alan G. Nute, A New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 521. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to … Ward, Commentary on 1,2Timothy and Titus (Waco, Texas: Word Books, 1974), p. 166. Watch our overview video on 2 Timothy, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Satan indeed takes captive (alive) the unfortunate souls who are entrapped in evil and thus become servants of the devil's will. And yet, how difficult, how nearly impossible is it properly to reflect upon such things! The thing in view here is that even the vessels of dishonor will serve the Father's will in God's own way; but that is a far different thing from the proposition that they will all be saved any way. Chapter 2. 1 Thou therefore, my sonne, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Iesus. I have fought the good fight. But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra— what persecutions I endured. Neither Timothy, therefore, nor any of the Christians need have the slightest fear of anything that Rome may be able to do to them. 3 Thou therefore indure hardnesse, as a good souldier of Iesus Christ. 3 You therefore must endure [] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Choose a verse from '2 Timothy 2' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org. Writing of his own endurance in hardship, Paul stresses the need to be true to the Lord Study 2 Timothy 2 using B. W. Johnson’s Bible Commentary to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Where or when in the history of the world have popular proverbs needed to be "introduced" by any kind of preliminary identification? And the things which thou hast heard from men among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. All other rights reserved. The words have the following basic meaning: The old expositors understood this as a reference to making the proper division between the law and the gospel, between the Old Testament and the New Testament; and, in view of the basic meaning of the words here rendered "handling aright," there is absolutely nothing wrong with such an exegesis. … The phrase "rightly dividing the word of truth" is not inaccurate, but somewhat misleading. They had spiritualized the resurrection, claiming that it had already happened. 2 You therefore, my [] son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. i. The elect ... Ward quite properly noted that "This text implies that it is not the bare fact of election that saves men. It is titled, as are the other personal letters of Paul to individuals (1 Timothy, Titus and Philemon), with the name of the addressee (1:2). - all such notions are refuted by Paul's words here. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.a. If Timothy hasn’t yet figured out that success in his ministry isn’t predicated on his creativity and insight, this part of the letter might fix that. Building on the theme of God’s word, I will explore the phrase “being bearers of God’s word.” I think it is helpful to press the point that Paul is not working alone here; he … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8" 1:13, see Special Topic at 1:14). 1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. [15] Ronald A. This is Paul's own way of emphatically affirming the truth of the pithy statement he was about to write. The constant theme of Paul's preaching invariably stressed the resurrection of Christ from the dead; and, in the threatening situation under which Paul wrote, it was most appropriate that this should be stressed again. Not only are such arguments of no profit, as Paul said; but they are actively mischievous, destructive and subversive of true faith. He warned Timothy that he must be prepared to endure hardship for Christ even as a soldier endures hardship (2:3-4)—and to compete by the rules even as an athlete does so to win the crown (2:5). "This figure of speech implies that they have an itch that must be scratched, or as William Barclay puts it, "they have ears which have to be continually titillated with novelties" (The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, p. 202). Verse 4. (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:19, 20) The designation “foundation of God,” when applied to Christ, would fit his being identified as the “living stone” that God laid and on which the community of believers is built. No. As White said: The firm foundation of God standeth ... Perhaps the best interpretation of this is to see it as a metaphor of the church, of which Jesus said, "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it." When believers are baptized into the Lord, their constant duty ever afterward is to maintain their identity as Christ and in Christ, a duty that enlists the full employment and constant cultivation of the total religious life of the individual. If we are faithless ... Gould thought that the sin in focus here was of a less reprehensible nature than that of denying Christ, saying, "This represents a failure not in belief, but in fidelity. 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18. Despite the attraction that this rendition has for some, we shall stick to the ASV. The great thesis of current times to the effect that "I'll do it my way," "I'll work out my own religion," etc. There was a Ham in the ark, an Esau in the womb of Rebekah, and a Judas among the Twelve. 1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus b by the will of God according to c the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,. Verse 2. For the elect's sake ... Disputes about whether this means those already saved or those to be saved in the future are pointless. After all, as Spence said, "Both these quotations go much farther and far deeper than the places cited in the Old Testament. He exhorts Timothy to constancy, fidelity, and courage; and to acquit himself as a true soldier of Jesus Christ; and patiently expect the fruit of his labours, 1-7.What the apostle's doctrine was relative to Christ, 8.He mentions his own sufferings and consolations, 9-13.What Timothy is to preach, how he is to acquit himself, and what he is to shun, 14-16. Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. But flee youthful lusts, and follow after righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Free one source commentary on 2 Timothy for preachers, teachers, and students. 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. Cause words include: because, since, and sometimes for (e.g. The current theology which refuses to recognize Satan is blind and ignorant of the truth, which despite its denial is even today affirmed by the basic instincts of the human race. 2:16), and “stupid and senseless controversies” (2 Tim. The eternal mystery of why there should be vessels of dishonor in God's church is perpetual. IX (Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1969), p. 641. cit., p. 260. [21] Don DeWelt, Paul's Letters to Timothy and Titus (Joplin, Missouri: College Press, 1961), p. 218. 2 Timothy 2 New King James Version (NKJV) Be Strong in Grace. Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Tm 2:17), while accepting the Christian’s mystical death and resurrection in Christ through baptism, claimed that baptized Christians are already risen with Christ in this life and thus that there is no future bodily resurrection or eternal glory to come. 2 Timothy 2:14, KJV: "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 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. 2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore my son be s trong in (by means of) the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Both this metaphor and that of the field-laborer (next verse) are likewise associated in Paul's letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 9:7-10,24ff), where is also found a more extensive development of both figures. Our Lord Jesus Himself, as man, is the great Exemplar of this law. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "[23] Alan G. Nute summed up the meaning of this verse as "An appeal for a straightforward, balanced exegesis of holy Scripture."[24]. 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. The end result of such disputations is not righteousness, but ungodliness. "Contending lawfully" means that the child of God must recognize the divine rules, endure the disciplines, fulfill all requirements regarding the proper enrollment, always abiding by the rules of the contest, if he hopes to receive eternal life. Commentary on 2 Timothy 2:1-7 (Read 2 Timothy 2:1-7) As our trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Christ stronger. "[15] The faithfulness of the elect even after they were saved "from their old sins" is likewise implied here; because the message of this verse is that such necessary fidelity would be greatly encouraged and aided by Paul's faithful suffering of martyrdom. This refers especially to the striving about words to no profit, mentioned above. 2 Timothy 2:3-13. 2 Timothy 2:1-26—Read the Bible online or download free. But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes. ν ὑμῖν τὰ ἔπεα τάδε τίθεμαι, οἵτινες ἱκανοὶ ἔσονται καὶ ἑτέρους διδάξαι, that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Such passages as this admonish men to be strengthened; as White said: The very grace that is designed to strengthen Christians is "in Christ." Neither was the apostle Paul. Faithful is the saying ... Lenski wrote: Furthermore, there is no evidence that "faithful is the saying" constitutes any kind of popular formula for introducing a proverb. 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. [11] Henry Ward Beecher, The Biblical Illustrator (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1956), p. 153. Using the illustrations of a soldier, athlete, and farmer, Paul exhorts Timothy to endure hardship, to be faithful, and to work hard. All of these trends are the logical result of dispensing with God and his holy word. Cause: expresses the basis or cause of an action. 2. His mind dwells now on the evil of the times, now on the diffidence of Timothy. Encouraging him to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, Paul then charges Timothy to commit what he has learned to faithful men who can pass it along (1-2). Go To 2 Timothy Index. Paul's gospel was the same as that of all the apostles, and he used the possessive pronoun in exactly the same sense as when he said, "my God and my Saviour." This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. First to partake of the fruits ... As a matter of truth, any minister of the gospel who labors to encourage and strengthen others is the first to partake of the new and greater strength himself. Lesson 8: Strong in Grace (2 Timothy 2:1) Lesson 9: Handing Off the Truth (2 Timothy 2:2) Lesson 10: Embracing Hardship for the Gospel (2 Tim. Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some unto honor, and some unto dishonor. Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:2 Context. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 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