NTB-16-2TIM - A Study of 2 Timothy
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Lesson: 2 Timothy”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the
man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,” 2
Welcome to our study of the Book of 2 Timothy. In our messages of
the New Testament, living messages of the New Testament, we've been
taking a look at each book, getting some of the key ideas, and then along
the way making practical application from these great texts of inspiration.
I believe 2 Timothy 2:1 is the main theme in this book. Paul says,
“You therefore my son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Paul
is writing to Timothy, whom we know according to 2 Timothy 1:7, may have
been a little timid and fearful. Paul says ‘God has not given us a spirit of
timidity or of fear but of love and of power, and of a sound mind.’ Timothy
may have been a little fearful, a little shy, may have been a little more
introverted. Paul says, ‘Don't be afraid. Don't be timid. You've got God, and
you've got the Gospel on your side. Be strong in God's grace.’ It's that
grace that makes salvation available that we're able to be strong in. You
know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, ‘Though He was rich, yet for your
sakes He became poor that we through His poverty might be made rich.’
How does grace give us strength? Grace sent Jesus from heaven to
this earth. By grace are you saved, Ephesians 2:8. It is this grace that gives
us encouragement and strength as we live the Christian life. Now are we
saying grace is a license to sin? Of course not. Paul is already denying that
in Romans 6:1. Let's not discount the grace of God that we do have that
available. “As we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship
one with another, and the blood of His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from
all sin.” Paul writes to Timothy, who will have to face hardship and need to
gain up courage and strength to remain faithful.
Friend, every Christian can make this such a practical book, because
as we live faithfully, I'm going to face hardship and persecution and so are
you. I know that with such confidence and surety, because that's what
Timothy says. 2 Timothy 3:12 Paul says, ‘All who desire to live godly in
Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” It's not a might. It's not a maybe.
Persecution will happen for the child of God, and thus let God's grace,
God's love, and the strength given in 2 Timothy help us to maintain our
faithfulness to God.
Now just a couple of the key passages that encourage Christians
along the road to strength and grace are found in accordance with the
Bible. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 as Paul appeals to Timothy's training and his
confidence in the inspiration of Scripture as a source of strength Paul says,
“But you, you Timothy, must continue in the things which you've learned
and been assured of knowing from whom you have learned them and that
from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to
make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All
Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God
may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Paul says in essence to Timothy as you face difficulties and
challenges, I want you to let your foundation be built upon the things which
you learned, received, and heard from childhood. Those things are based
on the Scripture. The Scripture is inspired of God.
With that same confidence, Paul tells the young evangelist Timothy,
whom he is encouraging to be strong, bold, and to be faithful- never ever
give up preaching the Word. 2 Timothy 4:1 Paul says these words, “I
charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge
the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom, preach the word.
Be ready in season, out of season. Convince, rebuke, and exhort with all
longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not
endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they
have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers. They will turn
their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” Timothy is to
preach The Word.
Friend, in the midst of a changing world, in a midst where there's so
many different ideas, views, lifestyles, ways, and approaches of viewing
life, Paul says to Timothy ‘here's your constant.’ Don't ever give up on
preaching The Word. It's that which has the ability to save men and
women's souls. Very encouraging lessons from the book of 2 Timothy!
Let's then take just a few moments, and let's think about 2 Timothy
chapters one through four. Let's highlight some of Paul's words of
encouragement to Timothy, and to Christians today living faithful to the
message and the hope of Almighty God.
Notice 2 Timothy 1:3 Paul says, “I thank God, whom I serve with a
pure conscience as my forefathers did, as without ceasing. I remember you
in my prayers night and day.” As Christians, we've got to serve God with a
pure conscience. We need to be mindful and prayerful of others at all
Are we really living the Christian life with a good conscience? Are we
living faithful to God every day as we strive to do the things God wants us
to with our conscience in tune with the will of God? Are we utilizing the
power of prayer in our help for other Christians?
Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “Men ought to pray always, and never ever
lose heart.” The Bible says we're to pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians
5:17. Scripture says prayer avails much, James 5:16. As a Christian I want
to pray for other people. I want to encourage, and help them. One of the
ways I can do that is the power of prayer.
Now, another thing that we want to note from 2 Timothy is that as
Christians we must never, ever be ashamed of the Gospel. It's God's
eternal plan for salvation. Look at 2 Timothy 1:8. The Scripture says
“Therefore,” Paul speaking to Timothy, “therefore do not be ashamed of the
testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the
suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us
and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according
to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before
time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior
Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to
light through the gospel.” As God's children, we should never ever be
ashamed of the Gospel. Remember Paul's words? “I'm not ashamed of The
Gospel of Christ.” Why not? “It's the power of God unto salvation,” Romans
1:16. Don't be ashamed of the Gospel, because when man was at his
worst, while we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the
ungodly. I'm not going to be ashamed of Christ, because when I was in
desperate need, when you were in desperate need of sin, Christ wasn't
ashamed of us. He came to this world to die for each one of us. Isn't it
amazing in 2 Timothy chapter one Paul addresses in verse nine God's
great scheme of redemption? “Who saved us, called us and saved us with
a holy calling, not according to our own works, but according to His own
grace and works that were in Christ Jesus.” Watch this now, “Before time
Now I want you to think about that. Let that sink in just a moment.
God, in Christ Jesus, had a plan to save mankind before time began.
Before the first second on the clock of time ticked, God had already made a
plan to save mankind.
Now friend, if that doesn't express to you the depths and the riches of
God's grace and love, I don't know what will!
Before God created Adam and Eve, before God created the world,
He knew what was going to happen. He knew what was going to be
necessary. He knew that the Godhead was going to have to sacrifice by
sending God's Son to this world to die for us. He knew that from eternity,
and yet He loved me and you enough that He still did that for us. That's
why verse 10 is such a rich and encouraging verse. That grace and that
plan have now been revealed to us through Jesus Christ so that we can
have the hope of eternal life.
When Jesus tasted death for every man, Hebrews 2:9, when He
overcame the sting of death and sin, when Jesus became the way, the
truth and the life, when he suffered and bled, and died for all mankind- God
knew from eternity His Son would have to do that. Friends, that's how much
God, The Holy Spirit, and Jesus loved mankind, enough that they knew
man would sin, and yet they knew a plan would be necessary to save! Out
of the halls of heaven and eternity itself, God made that plan through our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now, as we think about 2 Timothy chapter two, one of the great
things that we see in this book is that as Christians, if I'm going to live
faithfully to the Lord and if I'm going to do the things that God wants me to
do, I need to make sure that in view of God's grace I don't get tangled up in
the wrong things of this world.
Notice what Paul was saying in 2 Timothy 2:4. The Bible says, “You
therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one
engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he
may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” Paul says to Timothy
‘endure hardship.’ Like a good soldier, don't give up, and here's his words
of encouragement. ‘Don't get tangled up in the affairs of this world. No one
engaged in warfare entangles himself in the affairs of this world.’ What's
that mean? If I'm a soldier and I'm in the military, and I'm fighting on the
front line, and I'm in the heat of battle- I'm not thinking about what Cousin
Joe back home's doing. I'm not thinking about what's going to be for supper
at the dinner table that night at home. I'm not thinking about all those things
related to this world. I'm thinking about fighting the good fight. I'm thinking
about staying alive. I'm thinking about defeating the enemy. I'm thinking
about helping others who are in the army with me to stay true to the Lord
and His cause. That's what Paul is expressing to Timothy. Don't get
entangled. Don't get caught up in this old world as you live for Jesus.
Do you remember James 4:4? James tells us why this is such a stern
warning. “Adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with
the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore desires to be a friend of
the world makes himself God's enemy. Do not love the world, or the things
in the world.” Why John? “For all that is in the world, lust of the flesh, lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life, it's not of the Father, but is the evil one, and
the world and the lust therein, or the lust of it. It's passing away, but he who
does the will of God, that's the one who will remain forever.”
Don't love this old world. God said to His Christians, to His people,
‘come out from among them, and be ye separate says the Lord,’ 2
Corinthians 6:17-18. I need to be strong. I need to not get so attached to
this old world that you lose sight of what's really important. What's priority
number one? “For to me, to live as Christ, and to die is gain,” Philippians
1:21. Jesus said priority number one, ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God and
His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” That's the
main priority and those are the things that as we strive to live for Jesus, we
remain true to, and we keep striving to do so that we can have the hope
and the joy of that salvation.
Now, as we think about that salvation, let's ask this great question-
Where is that salvation that God speaks of? Where's that salvation located
at? I want you to look at 2 Timothy 2:10. The Bible says, “Therefore I
endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the
salvation,” watch this, “which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” Where's
salvation? “That they may obtain the salvation.” Don't miss this, “which is in
Now, I want you to think about this for just a moment. Imagine that
this circle represents Christ, and inside this circle that's where salvation is.
Ephesians 1:3, all spiritual blessings are in Christ. The Bible says in 2
Timothy 2:10 salvation is in Christ. Here's Christ. All spiritual blessings are
there. Salvation is there. The question then is how does the sinner, who's
outside of Christ, get into Christ?
Well, the Bible tells us specifically. Galatians 3:27 Paul says, ‘For as
many of you as were,’ watch this now, ‘baptized into Christ have clothed
yourselves with Christ.’ Here's what you find in the Bible. We know
salvation's in Christ, and what you find is Galatians 3:27, and Romans 6:1-
4, both teach us to get into Christ one must be baptized.
You never find believing into Christ, believing alone- yes we've got to
believe- but the Bible says we never believe into Christ. That's not the idea.
We're baptized into Christ. Must a person believe? Sure, but that's not in
and of itself the culminating point at which one gets into our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
Now, as we think about 2 Timothy chapter three, some of the things
that jump out in this text, and that really encourage us along the lines of
doing exactly what God wants so that we can be strong, and so that we can
be sure not to give up. As we mentioned earlier is the inspiration of
Scripture. I want you to look again at the inspiration of Scripture mentioned
in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The Bible says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly
equipped for every good work.” Where's our strength to be found? In God,
and in His Word. The Word of God has the power to give each Christian
strength from day to day to live faithfully, be encouraged, and never ever
give up. What makes this, what makes the Bible, what makes this book so
strong, and so powerful? Friend, this book is the very Word of God, the
God who spoke and the world came into being, and the God who spoke
and formed man out of the dust of the ground. That same God spoke and
what came off His breath is recorded in the Bible.
Inspiration is a very unique word in and of itself. All Scripture is given
by inspiration of God. Inspiration is a combination of two Greek words. It's a
compound word. It is the word theos, which is Greek word for God, and
then it is the word pneustos, which literally means this, to exhale. What
does inspiration mean in the literal Greek? God literally exhaled, and on
that breath that came out of His mouth were the Scriptures. What a
powerful teaching about inspiration. Psalm 119:160, the entirety of your
word is truth. Don't just notice about inspiration though, notice about the
profit of God's Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that
the man of God may be complete.” What's great about the Bible? Where do
I get strength from God's Word from? This book has the power to help us
be complete and profitable in the sight of Almighty God.
Now again we want to emphasize in 2 Timothy chapter four the need
to stay true to the teaching of this book. 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul said, “Preach
the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort
with all longsuffering and doctrine.” What must the Christian do when he
begins to teach and preach, and tell others about Jesus? Stay true to the
book. We always need to ask ourselves, ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’
Jeremiah 37:17, or as Paul said in Romans 4:3, ‘What does the Scripture
say?’ We got to speak as the oracles of God, 1 Peter 4:11. We've got to be
ready to give a Bible answer. Be ready always to give an answer, 1 Peter
3:15. We must study so that we can be approved by God, and so that we'll
know how to answer every person, 2 Timothy 2:15.
Then I want you to notice a tender passage found in 2 Timothy
chapter four that tells us about the heart of the apostle Paul, and what his
longing and desire was. Notice 2 Timothy 4:6 Paul says, “For I am already
being poured out as a drink offering. The time of my departure is at hand. I
have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished the race, and I have kept
the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me a crown, the crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that
Day, and not to me only buy also to all those who have loved His
appearing.” What was Paul's desire? Paul says ‘Timothy, my life is like a
drink offering. It's being poured out as a sacrifice to God on the ground
which cannot be gathered up again. Time's running out. The end is drawing
near.’ Then he encourages Timothy by saying, ‘I have fought the good
fight. I have kept the faith. I am finishing the race. I have finished the race.
Therefore, since that's the case, I have that crown of life that the Lord has
promised me,’ but then he says these words, and oh how they encourage
each of us, ‘the crown of life, which is given to Paul, not only for me, but to
all those who have loved his appearing.’
As we think about 2 Timothy and about the message of being strong
in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, let's do that in view of the hope of
heaven. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are
above. Jesus said in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe
in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. Were
it not so, I would have told you.” There is a place called heaven. It is a
place of eternal rest. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God,
Hebrews four verse nine, and friend you can go there, and you can let, God
wants you to go there. God wants you to live in heaven. God wants you to
be saved, 1 Timothy 2:4.
Have you made that decision? We ask you kindly, but we ask you in
view of your eternal soul, have you decided to become a child of God?
Remember, it's God's grace that makes salvation available. By grace are
you saved through faith, Ephesians 2:8. That grace has appeared to all
men in Jesus Christ, Titus 2:11-13. Salvation is found in Christ, 2 Timothy
Have you obeyed your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Jesus clearly
said it's not everybody that looks up into heaven and says ‘Lord, Lord that's
going there, but He who does the will of my Father in heaven.’ Will you do
the will of God today? Will you obey the Gospel of Christ so that you can
have the hope of heaven? You may be saying well, ‘what do you mean
obey the Gospel? What does it mean to, how do I become a Christian?’
Friend, God's plan is not hard. It's plain and it's simple. You've got to
hear the word. Romans 10:17 says ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by
Study Questions for: “2 Timothy Lesson”
1. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, where does the scripture some from?
2. What should scripture be used for according to 2 Timothy 3:16:17?
3. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what is man made complete and thoroughly
4. What does 2 Timothy 2:1 say strong in what?
5. According to Ephesians 2:8, by what are we saved?
6. What does 2 Timothy 3:12 tell us about people lives that desire to live Godly?
7. According to 2 Timothy 4:1, why should he be consistent in his preaching?
8. According to 2 Timothy 1:3, with a pure what must we serve God?
9. What does Jesus tell us in Luke 18:1?
10. What must we never be ashamed of according 2 Timothy 1:8?