2 Timothy 2: Are You Studying God’s Word?
Verse of the Day: (V15) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
1. Be Strong (V1-2)
V1 “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
Paul encouraged Timothy to be strong in the grace of Jesus despite the strong opposition from the unbelieving Romans who were in control of the regions at that time. He also taught Timothy to train faithful Christians in God’s Word, and in turn, they too trained others, so that the gospel of Christ be spread to the regions beyond till the Lord’s return.
V2 “And 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.”
2. Be Studying (V3-18)
V16 “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
Paul reminded Timothy to avoid non-essential issues in the ministry, as they were unprofitable and ungodly, and distracted him from preaching God’s Word to the regions beyond. He also warned Timothy of false preachers like Hymenaeus and Philetus who led many to condemnation because of their false doctrines. Let us be diligently studying God’s Word, so that we can detect false teaching, and by God’s power and grace, save many souls from fiery hell and direct them to glorious heaven to be with God forever.
V17 “And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;”
3. Be Sanctified (V19-26)
V19 “Nevertheless 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.”
What a comfort and consolation to know that God not only knows all who truly believe and receive Him as their personal Saviour, but He also knows all their sorrows and sufferings because of their faith in Him. Indeed, it is necessary for God to sanctify and purify our faith in Him through sorrows and sufferings as well as through His holy Word, so that eventually we shall come forth as gold, and ready to be with Christ for all eternity!
V21 “If 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.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to keep studying Your Word and be sanctified by it.