II Timothy 2:1-26
April 25, 2004
v. 1 - An Exhaustless Resource - "the grace that is in
"be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might"
"I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth
me" - Phil. 4:13
v. 2 - succession of apostolic doctrine - pass it on -
preserving the pure & unadulterated faith once
for all delivered unto the saints" - Jude 3
"the deposit" placed in his charge - last week's lesson -
notes - pp. 5-6
ch. 4:2-4 - What he had received, he was to hand in
like manner to faithful men who would teach
v. 3 - Present world - ease - self-indulgence - outward
prosperity - pleasure seeking - "being entangled - v. 4 -
absorbed - engrossed.
I John 2:15-17 Heb. 11:27b - Moses endured
vs. 4-6 - three examples - soldier - athlete - husbandman
Same concentration of purpose as a warrior - disciplined -
the soldier does not shrink from fatigue, exposure,
hunger and hardship, from wounds or death -
so must the man of God not shrink from labor,
suffering, troubles, even bonds or death - (Paul)
Same as athlete - go by rules
Same as husbandman - wait on fruits
American Society once was governed by rules -
athletics once the bastion rules!
Chaos associated with anarchy - Matt. 24:12
v. 7 - the Lord "give thee understanding - v. 15
Col. 1:9, 2:2 Eph. 1:18-20, 9-11, 3:1-12
Paper articles about shortage of men going into the
ministry - Seminaries producing growers of
churches instead of feeding the Word - Rom. 10:13-15,
v. 9 - "the word of God is not bound" - they may
bind me with an iron chain but they cannot
bind the gospel - while I am within the walls
of a dungeon, the sound of the gospel is going
throughout the ends of the earth with the
Acts 28:24-28 Rom. 11:24-25
II Thess 2:2-3 I Tim. 4:1, 3:15
Not any more -
parental approval influencing 9-13 yr olds.
Nobodies - wannabies - Is. 55:2
Black Culture - poverty - Gangster Rap
Porn industry/AIDS/ HIV
Somebody in and through Jesus Christ
vs. 11-13 - "He cannot deny Himself
Three choices - die, suffer, or deny?
"Christ is Truth"
Satan is a liar - Pornography is a lie - Gangster Rap is a lie
Making a fast buck/rebelling against work or if it is work, it is work in sin!
v. 14 - "Put them in remembrance"
We need to be reminded of the truth in all its
aspects in all our situations.
We are apt to forget the consolatory aspect of
truth under the pressure of present trial just as
worldly men are apt to forget its threatening aspect
under the absorbing worldliness of their lives.
Not preaching the Word and Truth as it is in
Jesus is subverting - a catastrophe -
II Pet. 2:6 Gen. 19:29 - subverting - "overthrow
Edification and building up contrasted with tearing
down - the effect of these vain talkers & deceivers.
v. 18 - "who concerning the truth have erred"
v. 15 - "handling aright" - "rightly dividing the word
To cut straight - teaching accurately - thought of Mr.
Cathcart in his upholstery business - also personally -
"The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places,
yea, I have a goodly heritage"
This book must form the matter of his preaching, the
mold of his thoughts, the inspiration of his imagination.
Distributing it to babes as well as full grown men
according to their capacities and their circumstances.
He must not pervert or wrest its true sense, he must
not keep back anything that is profitable, but must
declare the "whole counsel of God" - not wandering
to the right hand or to the left but keep a straight course
in the path of truth
vs. 16-18 - There is a close connection between a lax doctrine
and a lax life.
By throwing off the checks of authority & conscience -
it is emboldened by temporary success.
v. 17 - calls it a "gangrene" - will spread - errorists in
in the church - pretending to give true spiritual
food, only cause gangrene and it will spread,
if unchecked, further and further.
It enlarges the area, corrupting the flesh that was sound
before - heretical opinions spreading in the body of Christ!
Hymaneus apparently didn't profit - I Tim. 1:20
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v. 18 - It is the usual way with heresy to corrupt &
destroy the gospel under the pretense of
improving it and there are always some weak
souls ready to be deceived and misled.
v. 19 - "the foundation of God standeth sure" - unmoved
"having this seal - the Lord knoweth them that are His"
Study closely the matter of the gangrene of Korah -
I remember this story from my youth in my grandmother's
Bible story book!
Christ is the Cornerstone - the truth stands firm from
age to age - a constant witness in the midst of error and
"Let every one that nameth the name of Christ, depart
from iniquity" - There is no place for unrighteousness
separate himself from all evil.
v. 19 shows two sides of the Christian's standing -
God's election and man's holiness.
v. 20 - Every one that names the name of Christ
ought to depart from iniquity - yet we must
not be surprised if it is not so and find there
are those in the church with an inconsistent
Two kinds of vessels mentioned - some precious and
durable, others comparatively valueless, easily and
soon broken. Vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor.
Compare Christ's teaching of the drag-net in Matt. 13:47-49
In I Tim. 6:5 - Paul tells Timothy "from such withdraw
thyself" and in Titus 3:10 he says "a man that is a heretic avoid"
v. 21 - "purge himself from these" - seems to be that
of separation from false teachers described
under the image of the vessels unto dishonor.
v. 17 - Paul mentioned two such - III John 9 - John
mentions another - "Diotrephes who loveth
to have the preeminence among them"
Korah - "perished in the gainsaying of Core" -
Jude 11, v. 3
"meet for the Master's use" - "Son, go work
today in my vineyard" - Matt. 21:28
Many dislike the Master's work
vs. 22-23 - "unlearned" - ignorant - a term
properly applied to ill-educated, ill-
Ill-regulated passions - intemperance, peevishness,
grudging, ambitious, love of display (show over
"avoid" - have nothing to do with
Pulpit Commentary says this has been neglected
by the Church in all ages.
"they do gender strifes"
v. 24 - "not to strive, gentle, apt to teach" - forbearing,
bearing up against ill treatment, patient,
v. 25 - "instructing" - correcting - from same root
word as "unlearned"
Bring up, train - sometimes teaching, sometimes
disciplining - the end result of Paideia - is to bring
to the knowledge of God's truth.
Instructor, tutor, child, chastening, chastisement,
correcting, instruct, learn, teach - all same roots
"recover themselves" - like sober up from drunkenness,
come to one's self - like the prodigal son in Luke 15:14-18
To a right mind - Luke 8:26-35
"who are taken captive by him at his will" - to take alive,
of prisoners of war, who, if not ransomed, always become
slaves of the conqueror.
Meaning here - having been captured and enslaved.
Being deprived of their own will and made subservient
to the will of another.
The will of God, once established in such hearts, as the
guiding principle of life, completes the recovery from