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Author: Ron Graham

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Faithful and Strong 1
—2Timothy 2:1-13

A verse by verse study outline in Paul’s second letter to Timothy. In this lesson we examine chapter 2, verses 1-13, looking at the strength of faith and truth in Timothy and Paul.

1 Timothy’s Strength

  2Timothy 2:1-7  

¶“1So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things that you have heard from me by many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will then be competent to teach others also. 3Suffer your share of hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of this life, because he wants to please the one who enlisted him.”(2Timothy 2:1-4).

¶“5Again, if anyone competes in athletics, he does not win a crown if he does not compete in compliance with the laws [of the game]. 6The farmer who works hard is entitled to first share of the crops. 7Consider what I say, and the Lord give you understanding in all things.” (2Timothy 2:5-7).

Paul urges Timothy to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Timothy will be up to the task by God’s grace and providence. However, this does not mean Timothy can be slack while grace covers him. Timothy has a hard task and he must apply himself to it.

(Verses 1-4) —Timothy’s Task.

(Verses 5-7) —Timothy’s Attitude.

2 Paul’s Strength

  2Timothy 2:8-13  

¶“8Remember that according to my gospel Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead. 9And so I suffer trouble —even to chains as though I were an evildoer. However the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2Timothy 2:8-10).

¶“11Here is a saying you can trust: 'For if we died with him, we shall also live with him. 12If we endure, we shall also reign with him. If we deny him, he in turn will deny us. 13If we are faithless, he remains faithful because he cannot deny Himself '.” (2Timothy 2:11-13).

Having encouraged Timothy to be a strong believer and teacher, Paul now talks about himself, and his ownoutlook.

(Verses 8-13) —Paul’s Principles.

(Verses 11-13) —Paul’s Assurance.


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