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Author: Ron Graham

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Faithful and Strong 2
—2Timothy 2:14-26

A verse by verse study outline in Paul’s second letter to Timothy. In this lesson we examine chapter 2, verses 14-26, looking at the strength of faith and truth in Timothy, Paul, and their fellow gospel workers.

3 The Workman’s Strength

  2Timothy 2:14-26  

¶“14Remind [those who preach] of these things. Charge them before the Lord not to quarrel about words. There is no profit in that, rather it ruins those who hear it. 15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16But shun worldly and empty babblings, for they will lead on to more ungodliness. 17And their message will, like gangrene, find pasture to grow.” (2Timothy 2:14-17a).

¶“Hymenaeus and Philetus are of that ilk. 18They have strayed regarding the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past, and overthrowing the faith of some. 19Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: 'The Lord knows those who are His,' and, 'Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity '.” (2Timothy 2:17b-19).

¶“20Now in a great house there are not only golden vessels and silver, but also wooden and earthen. Indeed, some vessels are for honor, but some for dishonor. 22So if anyone cleanses himself from dishonourable things, he will be a vessel for honor, dedicated and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” (2Timothy 2:20-21).

¶“22Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who, out of a pure heart, call on the Lord. 23But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25humbly correcting those who are in opposition. God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may come to know the truth, 26come to their senses, and escape the snare of the devil who took them captive to do his will.” (2Timothy 2:22-26).

Paul now includes other preachers. They are not all approved by Christ and strong like Paul and Timothy and the "faithful men" mentioned in verse 1. Some preachers went astray. They babbled false doctrines and opposed the true preachers such as Paul and Timothy and those who embraced Paul’s teaching.

(Verses 14-17a) —Worldly babble versus the rightly divided word.

(Verses 17b-19) —Those who have strayed versus those the Lord knows.

(Verses 20-21) —Vessels of dishonour versus vessels of honour.

(Verses 22-26) —Captives of the devil versus servants of the Lord.

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