Bible Studies

2 Timothy Chapter Two

2 Tim 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Timothy is to increase in strength. He is to be strong in the gift of the Spirit that he possesses.

2 Tim 2:2 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.

He is to be strong in the doctrine of Christ that he heard Paul preach among many others. He is to entrust this doctrine to others that have the gift of teaching.

2 Tim 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Timothy is to endure affliction, or hardship like a good soldier. He is to take it as it is to be expected. After all He IS a soldier. Soldiers fight battles.

2 Tim 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

No man that serves in a military campaign busies himself with making a living and getting ahead in life. He obeys orders in order to please the commanding officer. He obeys orders out of loyalty or fear of punishment. But for one reason or the other HE OBEYS ORDERS.

2 Tim 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

If a man competes in a contest for honor he is not crowned a winner unless he abides by the rules of the game.

2 Tim 2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

The laborer that works hard must be the FIRST to benefit from the results of his work.

If a soldier does exceptionally good, HE gets a metal, not his commanding officer. If the work of a preacher of the gospel saves souls HE gets credit from God not the convert. The preacher gets a crown and the convert must work for his own crown.

2 Tim 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

2 Tim 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

Paul says "my gospel" the gospel HE preaches and not some OTHER GOSPEL that others may preach.

It is biblical for a man of God to say, "listen to me I tell you the truth".

2 Tim 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

The enemy has bound the apostle Paul but the Word of God cannot be bound. Paul is STILL letting loose the Word of God even while he is in prison. This letter testifies to that, and there are others who are not bound that are preaching and teaching.

2 Tim 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

For the sake of those who will believe when they hear the gospel, the man of God should be willing to keep on keeping on.

2 Tim 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

This is death to sin that Paul is speaking of here. If we have died to sin we are born again and so will live forever with Christ.

2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

If in persecution we should deny, or rebel against Christ by disobedience Christ will deny us rewards. This is not salvation denial that Paul is speaking of here. This verse is hard to understand. It seems a believer may deny Christ out of fear in time of trouble and be forgiven.

In Matt 16 Peter is a believer.

Matt 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

But in Matt 26 he denies Christ.

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Satan did sift and try Peter's faith, and Satan won out for a short time. Peter denied Christ. This verse is just before Christ went to the garden to pray before He was betrayed. It corresponds with Matt chapter 26. Peter's faith did not fail permanently.

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

When Peter is restored by the grace of God because of repentance. He is "brought back" into the faith. Peter denied Christ and repented, but he had to suffer for that in this life. He later was crucified

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

We are to meekly and humbly bring one back into the faith because it could very well have been us.

James 5:19-20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Brethren--James is speaking of converting saved people here. This is restoring them back into the fold, as Peter was converted/restored.

Matt 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

This erring or sinning sheep was sought after and restored back into the fold.

2 Tim 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

If we believe not, "to disobey" him and fall into sin HE is faithful to keep HIS promises. He cannot deny Himself. He must remain true to His promises.

2 Tim 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

Timothy is to command the men he is to appoint in verse two, that they should not be disputing or making a big deal out of little unimportant things. This will only upset and destroy the assembly.

2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Tim 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

They are to avoid evil and fruitless or worthless discussions for that will just make people more disobedient.

2 Tim 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

These false fruitless matters will spread as gangrene. It will spread and infect more and more believers in the assembly.

2 Tim 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

These men in verse 17 are saying, "hey you missed out on the rapture. The rapture of the saints is over and you're still here. The dead in Christ are raised but Paul was wrong when He said you too, would be raptured. Can you believe anything else he says". You see, this destroys the faith of some.

2 Tim 2:19 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.

No matter, the foundation, which is Christ, is a sure thing even if they doubt the rapture of the living saints. The sure seal is that God knows those that are His no matter what man may say. Let all God's children cease to sin in this way.

2 Tim 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

In a church, an assembly of believers, there are true believers and some professing to be believers. These are the ones for honor and dishonor.

There are also believers in obedience doing works that are gaining rewards of gold and silver and other believers whose works will burn up.

2 Tim 2:21 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.

The church is to discipline these unfruitful workers and disfellowship them, which is to separate from these false Christians when they become obvious.

2 Tim 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Paul makes clear that youthful lusts are not always the same as the lust in an older person. I believe a young person will be tempted more so with the things of this world than an older person. After all, he has a lot more living to do on the average.

2 Tim 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

Avoid stupid discussions as they do start controversy, or arguments.

2 Tim 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

The preacher or teacher must not quarrel or argue. He must be gentle in his admonishing others to obedience to God.

2 Tim 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

He should be mild and humble in instructing those that oppose themselves. They are not opposing or hurting the teacher, they are hurting themselves and they don't know it.

Maybe they will listen, repent, and acknowledge the truth that they hear.

2 Tim 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

They can then recover, or convert themselves back into the faith by acknowledging the truth as taught by the servant of the Lord.