Year of the Bible – 2 Timothy 1:1-4:22

Year of the Bible

“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control . . . lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” – 2 Timothy 3:2-4

2 Timothy 1:1-4:22 (3:1-17)

The Apostle Paul gives us a clear picture of the reason he was in chains and about to die: Join me in suffering for the Gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (1:8-12) NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING WE HAVE DONE! What beautiful words, what Gospel words. Paul commanded Timothy to entrust this “pattern of doctrine” to reliable men. Timothy was to find an example of perseverance from the Apostle himself. He was to flee evil desire, avoid foolish controversies, watch out for self-centered and self-absorbed people, to use the Scriptures and their God-breathed wisdom to bring people to the faith and guide them in holy living. He was to preach the Word in all times and circumstances, being wary of the impending hardness of men’s hearts and the itching of their ears. Referring to the Christian life like that of an athletic contest, Paul concluded: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (4:7)

Questions –  2 Timothy

  1. When did God determine to give us His grace?
  2. What is the purpose that God has for us and our lives?
  3. What has God done for us in spite of and apart from anything that we have done?
  4. What is meant by “itching ears?”
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