II Timothy 2:1-13
July 21, 2019
For an in depth study see #691 – this website – II Timothy 2
Grace is when God gives us good things that we don’t deserve.
Mercy is when He spares us from bad things that we deserve.
Blessings are when He is generous with both.
God is good all the time!
Three examples are given to inspire Timothy in his work for the Lord.
The Contemplation of Christ an Incentive to Comfort and Constancy
Timothy was to think of Christ’s victory for himself and for us as a ground of
· CHRIST THE PERPETUAL OBJECT OF CHRISTIAN
REMEMBRANCE. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the
seed of David, according to my gospel.” The two great facts that were to
be ever present to Timothy’s mind were:
Ø the Incarnation and
Ø the Resurrection
These two miracles that stood, respectively, at the beginning and the
end of His earthly history.
Ø The one would speak of the hopes of the race of man springing
from the Saviour’s assumption of our nature in the royal line
of David; (ch. 1:9-10)
Ø the other of the completeness of the redemption sealed
by the resurrection from the dead. Timothy would be
encouraged to bear his trials by the thought of CHRIST’S
VICTORY OVER DEATH!
· CHRIST THE PERPETUAL THEME OF THE GOSPEL. “According
to my gospel.”
Ø These two facts are fundamental in the gospel. Take them away
o no hope for man,
o no atonement,
o no blessed life hereafter.
Ø These two facts were needed to be taught in an age when false teachers
denied a real incarnation, saying that the Saviour had a phantom body,
and a real resurrection, because a bodily resurrection was not to be
thought of, as matter, being essentially evil, could not attach to a
Divine being. (How much more so now in this age of apostasy
and falling away from God! CY – 2019)
Over the last thirty or so years there has been a philosophy encouraging a
person to Look Deep Within. Out of curosity, I googled the term
and below is what I first found.
Dare to awaken from the deep
develop your own beliefs. Create your own rules. Listen to
your inner voice and follow your intuition. Trust the messages
of your heart. Rely on your own inner guidance, and by doing
so, you will be free. Rumi
Next week we will be looking at The Apostasy, about which chapter 3
II Corinthians 4:18 – “While we look not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen
are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Eternal. (ibid. v. 17)
A Faithful Saying for Consolation and for Warning (vs. 11-13)
The apostle introduces the familiar formula, “This is a faithful saying,” with
its rhythmical significance and arrangement, to emphasize the importance
of what is to follow. (See I Timothy 1:15; 4:8-9; here; and ch. 3:8)
· FAMILIAR TRUTHS WITH A CONSOLATORY ASPECT. “If we
died with Him, we shall also live with Him; if we endure, we shall also reign
with Him.” There is here an expressive climax, setting forth two different
aspects of the union between Christ and His people.
Ø Identification with Christ in His death. All believers died with Him, as
their Head and Representative, and thus died to sin, through the efficacy of
His death, so as to be planted together in the likeness of His death; and thus,
being made conformable to His death, they have fellowship with Him in His
sufferings. (Philippians 3:10)
Ø But identification with Christ in His life follows as a consequence of this
identification in death, because we rose with Him from the dead, to be
planted in the likeness of His resurrection, that we should walk in newness
of life; and thus, being made alive unto God, we live a life of holiness and
sanctification with Him (Romans 6:5-8).
Ø Identification with Christ in endurance involves identification in His
reigning glory. Believers who suffer shame and loss and outrage for
Christ’s sake shall reign with Him in glory hereafter, as they reign in the
kingdom of grace with Him now; for they are “a kingdom of priests,”
destined for everlasting glory (Revelation 1:6).
· FAMILIAR TRUTHS WITH A THREATENING ASPECT. “If we
deny Him, He also will deny us; if we believe not, yet He abideth faithful; for
HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF!”
Ø The denial of Christ is FATAL! It is to reject THE ONLY SAVIOUR!
o Some deny His Messiahship;
o some deny His Divinity;
o some deny Him by their works, being ashamed of Him and refusing
to confess Him;
o some deny Him by OPEN APOSTASY!
In all these cases the denial involves our Lord’s denial of them
(Matthew 7:23; 10:33).
Ø Our unbelief does not affect the essential faithfulness of Christ. “If we
believe not, yet He abideth faithful.”
Ø This does not mean that He will save us whether we believe in Him or
not; for He has just said that if we deny Him He will also deny us, and faith
is always an essential condition of salvation.
Ø It means that He will abide faithful to His word of threatening, as well as
to His nature and perfections; for He cannot falsify His declarations that
“he that believeth not shall be condemned” (Mark 16:16). He will say to
apostates in the last day, “I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:23) It would be
to deny Himself to act otherwise. He cannot consistently with His character
regard faith and unbelief as the same thing. Thus the apostle stimulates
Timothy to fidelity by an exhibition at once of the bright side and the dark
side of DIVINE TRUTH!
The Art of Free Throw Shooting - # 1522 – last entry at www.adultbibleclass.com
When shooting a free throw, we need to use the focal powers of the eyes with which
God endowed us and tune out all side vision.
The only thing that should be seen in the previous photograph is the basketball goal.
Hit page up and look at the photograph again. You can only look at one item at a
time to REALLY FOCUS! Look at each
different item in the picture and notice
the reaction of the eyes. It is true that
if you will notice, that peripheral things
in the place or room where you are can
be noticed simultaneously. This is a
great asset in life and in a basketball game
but is a great hindrance to free throw
shooting. These side items need to be
eliminated and can be through the “FOCUS