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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Timothy Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (66,67 AD)
Overview: Paul's Last Written Letter Expressing His Heart (c 1-4)
Theme: Foundations of Christian Service (c 1-2)
Message: Working for the Kingdom (v 1-16)

2 Timothy 2 Commentary

(2:1-13) A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus - Good parents want their children eventually to leave home and succeed on their own. But after the good-byes and the well-wishes, parents wonder, “Did we teach them well enough to survive?” So parents continue to offer advice. Paul’s last letter to Timothy sounds like wise parental counsel. After affirming Timothy for the good character he had already demonstrated (see 1:5), Paul hinted at Timothy’s “debt” of faith to his mother and grandmother (see 1:5). Then he expressed his confidence in Timothy as the right choice to carry on the ministry in Ephesus. Like a father discussing his son’s future choices, Paul used three vocations to illustrate what it’s like to serve God: military service, athletic training, and farming. Each vocation showed Timothy that he, and all Christians, must work hard and trust God for the long-range results.

(2:14-16) An Approved Worker - The second half of chapter 2 echoes the first letter to Timothy. Apparently, the task of confronting wrong teaching and continuing the good work of discipling believers was not past the crisis stage. As he had done previously, Paul emphasized to Timothy that his moral and spiritual conduct would provide the greatest confirmation of his teaching. No matter how others may respond to the gospel, Timothy himself must remain a consistent example (1 Timothy 4:12)


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Be a Good Vessel

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 2nd Timothy with Chapter 2 and in our text we see Paul comparing the believer to be a good solider and good worker as to be not ashamed, not afraid of opposition. He says we can be good vessels used for honor or bad vessels for dishonor and that we have have a responsibility as believers to study and obey the Word of God directed by His Spirit. How about you? Are you a vessel of honor? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul that we are to be good workers equipped from the Word of God to follow the Spirit of God - so that we will be vessels of honor, fit for the masters use, prepared for unto every good work.


2 Timothy 2

2 Timothy 2

 1Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

 2And 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.

 3Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

 5And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

 6The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

 7Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

 8Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

 9Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

 10Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

 11It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

 12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

 13If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

 14Of 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.

 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

 17And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

 18Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

 19Nevertheless 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.

 20But 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.

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

 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 23But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.