Today’s reading is: 2 Tim. 1-4
Second Timothy Chapter One
- Paul’s memory of Timothy in his continuous prayer-life was a source of thanksgiving during a time of trouble (2nd Tim. 1:3-5).
- Paul urged Timothy to “kindle afresh” his spiritual gift, and to drive on in the ministry (2nd Tim. 1:6-14).
- The ministry of God’s Word is a ministry of power, love, and sound judgment (v.7).
- The ministry of God’s Word is an intercessory ministry as we join our fellow believers in their suffering (v.8).
- The ministry of God’s Word is a sacred trust, which must be retained and guarded (vv.13-14 cf. 1st Tim. 6:20-21).
- Timothy had witnessed certain believers in Ephesus who had abandoned Paul, and certain believers who had shown mercy to him (2nd Tim. 1:15-18).
Second Timothy Chapter Two
- Paul impresses upon Timothy the urgency of passing the colors to coming generations of faithful Pastors (2nd Tim. 2:1-2).
- Paul admonishes Timothy to suffer the hardships of ministry together with him, as fellow soldiers in the angelic conflict (2nd Tim. 2:3-10).
- In his imprisonment, Paul composed a psalm that summarizes a believer’s hope in future reward (2nd Tim. 2:11-13).
- Returning to the imperatives of a local church training ministry, Paul outlines the two priorities for equipping Pastors (2nd Tim. 2:14-17a).
- Word-wrangling must be avoided at all costs. It is profane and vain babbling that leads to multiplied ungodliness.
- Accurate handling of the Word of Truth must be pursued, in order for God’s workmen to be presented “approved.”
- The Pastor’s personal holiness is vital for his usefulness in delivering his flock from Satanic imprisonment (2nd Tim. 2:20-26).
Second Timothy Chapter Three
- Paul prophetically advised Timothy concerning the “last days” of the Dispensation of the Church (2nd Tim. 3:1-9).
- Families break down in these difficult times because the men are pursuing an empty form of godliness.
- The breakdown of the family is furthered by the captivity of women, who don’t have strong spiritual husbands to guard their families.
- The best provision for believers in these difficult times is outlined (2nd Tim. 3:10-15).
- Get saved at a young age (v.15).
- Get grounded in the Truth, and make progress in the Scriptures even as the workers of evil make progress in their falsehood (vv.13-15).
- Follow Godly examples & endure (vv.10-12).
- The power and authority of the Scriptures is clearly detailed (2nd Tim. 3:16-17).
- God-breathed. His Word communicated through human instruments.
- Profitable. For those who volitionally accept the Word in its teaching, reproof, correction, and child-training in righteousness. Such believers are equipped for every good work.
Second Timothy Chapter Four
- In Paul’s final written instructions, he adjures Timothy under Divine purview to be a herald of the Word of God (2nd Tim. 4:1-5).
- κηρύσσω kērussō #2784: to be a herald, to proclaim after the manner of a herald.
- Be ready in season and out of season.
- Reprove, rebuke, exhort are the activities that define the herald’s proclamation.
- Patience and teaching comprise the manner in which these activities are performed.
- Expect rejection, as faithful messages will not be appreciated.
- Be sober, endure hardship, perform your evangelistic work and fulfill your service.
- The letter closes with a twice-stated appeal for Timothy to come, and a remarkable exposition of where Paul’s other companions have gone (2nd Tim. 4:9-22).