Second Timothy

2 Timothy 1

While this letter is addressed to Timothy, by virtue of being recorded and preserved as Holy Scripture it is applicable to all of the called out today.

2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Timothy was taught godliness by his mother and grandmother. 

We are to diligently teach a passionate zeal for the whole Word to our children, and if they are not called they will still avoid many worldly snares and be well prepared for their future calling. 

This does not mean that we are to be brutal bullies trying to beat godliness into them, but that from the moment of birth we are to bond with them, to spend much loving affectionate time with them, constantly ENCOURAGING them towards what is right; and to patiently teach them the way that they should go.

1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers [Paul also came from a family who had zealously served God to the best of their understanding; Paul being taught a zeal for God by his parents and forbearers] with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee [remembering Timothy] in my prayers night and day; 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Here Paul says that after Timothy was ordained by the congregation, Paul also [either at Timothy’s baptism or later], laid hands on Timothy that he might receive the Holy Spirit.  Timothy is told to stir up, to exercise God’s Spirit, which he had received as a gift from God; as we all are to stir up God’s gift of the Holy Spirit which we received through the laying on of hands and by request at our baptism.

1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

God’s Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in us, and it is the Spirit of power to overcome as Christ overcame.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of godly love, and of the nature of God; and a passionate agape love to learn and to live by every Word of God.  It is the Spirit of a sound mind to understand spiritual things and to control our sinful nature.

1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Be not ashamed to boldly declare every Word of God! 

Do not shrink back from declaring the whole Word of God; sinfully giving way to an inoffensive Business Model Outreach.   Do not compromise with or water down the truth of God into weak platitudes and words without required actions!   

1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 1:10 But is now made manifest by the [first] appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death [for the sincerely repentant by dying for us], and hath brought [the knowledge of eternal life] life and immortality to light through the gospel: 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

Paul was not ashamed of Christ and neither should we be ashamed of the way to eternal life.  Are we not willing to endure as our LORD suffered?

John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

We should KNOW that God the Father who raised up Christ because Jesus was not ashamed of the truth of the Father; will raise us up also,;  if we are not ashamed of the truth of God the Father and of the Son!

Matthew 10:32  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Brethren, whoever compromises with the whole Word of God; IS, by denying the Word of God, denying God the Father and the Son!

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

We are to hold fast to the whole Word of God including the scriptural word’s of Paul.

1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words [the Holy Scriptures] , which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

1:14 That good thing [the whole Word of God] which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

Very many have twisted the words of Paul into the exact opposite of their intended meaning, so as to justify continuing in sin.  We see in these studies the true meaning of the words of Paul and now understand Paul’s great zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God. 

Let no one deceive you by vain perverting of words, to try and steal your crown and lead you away from your zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God. 

Even in Paul’s day some of the called out were deceived and led astray, and our Lord warned us that in these last days; MANY false teachers will arise within the Ekklesia.

1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Onesimus had fled his master Philemon’s home to seek out Paul to learn more about God.  He was a great help to Paul.  Then Paul sent him back to his master with the Epistle of Philemon.  It appears that his master Philemon then gave Onesimus permission to return to and help Paul. 

1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus [Onesimus of the books of Colossians and Philemon]; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 1:17 But, when he was in [Philemon apparently gave his servant Onesimus consent to seek Paul in Rome]  Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.

1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day [in the resurrection to spirit]: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou [Timothy] knowest very well.

 

2 Timothy 2

Paul encourages Timothy to “Be Strong,” to zealously learn and live by every Word of and the Will of God the Father in all things.  Brethren, let us all do likewise for God calls to us: Be Strong and Persevere, My Son!

2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace [our calling to learn and to live by every Word of God and to teach all others to do likewise]  that is in Christ Jesus.

Paul tells Timothy to teach others, who are then able to teach many more others:  the whole Word of God.  

Today, God has provided the marvelous tool of the internet and many are being taught the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture, but it will not stop there; for many of these others will then teach many others in due time. 

Do not despise the day of small beginnings for a small few will go to God’s prepared place, but very many others will wake up and remember what they have heard as the Tribulation unfolds; then they will be able to teach many others themselves.  That is when the fruit of this work will come! 

Brethren, this work is not merely about the coming correction; this work AND the coming correction, are about preparing and perfecting the spiritual bride for her wedding day!

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.

Paul’s encouragement to endure extremely adverse conditions to obtain the tremendous results intended by Almighty God, are also to encourage each one of us to do our part as well! 

Let us also be full of passionate zeal to pray, to diligently study, to think always on godliness: That we may learn, and become a Shining Example of keeping God’s Word, and that we may be prepared to teach the whole Word of God to all who seek it!

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

Let us not entangle ourselves with worldliness, but totally immerse ourselves in learning and living godliness!  Fighting a godly spiritual warfare against all sin and against the Adversary.

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.

Let us strive to master sin and to learn fully the whole Word of God, that we may wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the whole truth of Almighty God!  Let us strive wholeheartedly with all that we are and with all that God gives us, so that we may be a worthy part of the eternal collective bride of Christ! 

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

The laborer is worthy of his wages; but give what is appropriate to your personal responsibilities to the family that God has given you. 

I do not mean to try to give every child a Ferrari while neglecting the Laborer’s of God;  I mean to properly provide for genuine needs, and to pay our bills.  Do not give a huge free will offering, when the family car is unsafe needing brakes!  Use some godly sense and God’s Spirit of sound judgment!

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

Seek understanding from God in prayer in addition to reading and thinking about God’s Word.  Ask God to reveal what he means in BOTH the letter, and the spirit and intent of His Word.

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

Remember that God the Father raised up Jesus Christ for his sinless zeal to live by every Word and the Will of God the Father; and that the Father will also raise us up to an eternal spirit life if we continue in Christ-like zeal for all the things of God the Father!

2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead [for his sinless zeal for godliness] according to my gospel [Paul’s teachings]:

Those who stand on and proclaim the truth of the whole Word of God, will be persecuted by those who do not like what they hear and want to continue in their sins and to decide for themselves what they choose to do.

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

Yet the reward for following godliness is very great indeed, for we shall obtain the salvation of eternal life [Which is worth enduring for!]; and those who persecuted the godly in the past will ultimately have their minds opened and will seek out those who they have abused to learn of godliness from them. 

Today’s enemies will become your greatest friends in future, for they will know what they have done, they will know how wrong they were and they will know how much they have been forgiven; they will sincerely repent and become filled with godly love themselves!  That is WORTH enduring for!

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.

If we have destroyed our old man of sin to become a new person in Christ; we shall be raised up to eternal life in the spirit, as Christ was raised up to spirit and eternal life!

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

If we endure sufferings as Christ endured sufferings, without any hint of compromise, spiritual idolatry or spiritual adultery; we shall live and rule with Christ as a part of his bride! 

As a bride is to be one with and partakes of her husband:  If we faint not we shall be of one spirit with Christ and shall partake of the bounty of Christ our Husband, to become rulers of nations under our King of kings; and to become priests of our High Priest of salvation, Jesus Christ!

2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

We are not to strive in splitting hairs on a word and establishing a belief on the meaning of one word, but are to put all the scriptures together to arrive at the true sense of the teaching. 

False teachers will take one word out of context, add their own definition to it and then spin an entire doctrine [teaching] around that supposition.   That is the logic of Aristotle that I have written of:  The logic may be superb, yet one cannot reach a correct conclusion if the logic is based on a false premise [foundation]. 

Example:  teachers who claim – start with the premise – that they are God’s leaders; and then claim that we must obey them blindly and without question or proving their words by God’s Word. 

If anyone accepts that they are God’s appointed leaders and that to question them is rebellion against God; then they can with clever words lead the brethren into any sin at all. 

Watch that premise:  The truth is that if someone is a TRUE teacher of God, he would be subject to the  Word of God and would not be teaching his own ways.  People who reject God’s Word for their own ways are false teachers;  anyone who is not consistent with the whole Word of God is not a person of God.

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.

We are to be continual in our prayer and studies by constantly thinking about godliness day and night.

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

Be always ready to answer honest questions but avoid pointless and empty arguments with made up minds, which are meant only to create strife and waste the time of godly people. 

2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Let everyone who is in Christ depart from all sin and follow God with Christ-like zeal. 

Those who claim to be God’s people and justify remaining in any sin; are LIARS and not of God! 

Those who call the Sabbath day holy, and then pollute it by rejecting God’s commandments on how to observe the Sabbath, or who reject the Biblical Calendar, or who reject any zeal for godliness: are NOT men of God!  They are thieves of your crowns, wolves who like greedy dogs will deceive you into following idols of men.

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.

In the Ekklesia there are both good and bad brethren; the zealous for God, and the tares without the fruits of godliness; and then there are the blatant evil does who seek to lead us away from any zeal for godliness. 

Jesus, Jude, Paul and others warn us that in these last days many false teachers will arise in the midst of the spiritual Ekklesia to attempt to deceive us away from any zeal for godliness; and to deceive us into following them as our idols of men.

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.

Reject and purge yourselves of these deceitful false teachers; and embrace a  wholehearted passionate zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God!  In doing so you will internalize the true nature God and become a fitting part of the collective spiritual bride!

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.

Flee all sin and wholeheartedly live by every Word of God and all godly virtues.

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

When we know that a question is being asked insincerely only to begin an argument, answer the question so as to avoid the argument.

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

2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves [patiently warn those  (in the brotherhood) who reject any zeal to learn and to keep God’s Word]; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Help the brethren to recover themselves out of the snare of these false teachers, who encourage sin and compromise with the whole Word of God; saying that Jesus is love and will understand and overlook your willful sin.

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

 

2 Timothy 3

In Second Timothy 3 Paul issues a strong indictment against today’s brethren.

Paul now directly warns us about the last days before Christ comes:  Telling us what it will be like in the world and in the latter day spiritual Ekklesia.

These things all have their spiritual counterparts.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves [selfish], covetous [loving to be preeminent], boasters [claiming great things and titles for themselves], proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents [including being disobedient to God the Father], unthankful, unholy [not living by the Word of God],

The pride of religious leaders and elders [with very few exceptions] is enormous; each thinking that they know better than God and that their ways and false traditions trump the Word of God. 

They blaspheme calling themselves God’s people, when they teach and live in rebellion against the Word of God.  They are rebellious against the Word of God and disobedient to the Word of God their Father.   They are unthankful for their calling out of sin and are unholy, rejecting the holiness that comes from a passionate love and zeal for God to keep his Word. 

They despise any zeal to keep God’s Word, having no love for godliness, loving only themselves and their false traditions.  They deceive the brethren into following idols of men, and falsely accuse them the zealous for God that they are trying to divide the brethren, when it Is they themselves who have divided the brethren from God and from each other.

3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce [combative and confrontational], despisers of those that are good [Jesus said; “only God is good” and that would include the whole Word of God as being good, which is the very nature of God]

Most of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are traitors to their baptismal covenant of espousal to Christ; following idols of men and not following the Husband of their covenant of espousal.  

3:4 Traitors, heady [intoxicated with their own ways, and filled with pride in themselves], highminded [arrogant and self willed], lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

I have been directly told by people that they go to restaurants and profane God’s holy Sabbath for their own pleasure.  This is openly admitted!  Today’s Ekklesia love their own pleasures, instead of making the things of God their pleasure, as it is written. 

Isaiah 58:13  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

They do their best to try to appear godly, making a pretense of keeping the Sabbath and High Days while polluting them. 

They love to call ourselves “God’s church” or “God’s people,” which is a blasphemy because they are NOT God’s people, but the people of the idol they follow.  They are in rebellion against the Word of God by following idols of men instead; and by doing so they deny the authority [the power] of God.

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Our leaders are our deceivers, creeping about to lead foolish and sinful brethren to follow themselves.

Instead of rebuking all sin at all times like a godly elder, they falsely teach that a little sin will be overlooked, and so entice the spiritually weak and foolish to continue in sin [and the vain pleasures of sin]; stealing their crowns! 

3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women [women being a type of the Ekklesia the collective bride] laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

These false elders and leaders present themselves as great scholars, while never understanding the truth, because they will not submit themselves to the whole Word of God, and instead try to force and twist God’s Word to back up their own false teachings.

3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

As the magicians of Pharaoh resisted Moses, those who resist the Word of God today are spiritually corrupted into the gross error of their own ways, idols of man and false traditions. 

These resisters of the Truth to justify following error, false traditions and sin; are reprobates from God’s Word 

3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 3:9 But they shall proceed no further [these men shall not prosper, for Almighty God will rise up to correct them]: for their folly shall be manifest [revealed, made known] unto all men, as their’s [Jannes and Jambres] also was.

All the truly godly suffer persecutions, and often from their own household including from the supposed spiritual Ekklesia.  The seal of godliness is not wealth or numbers, but the sufferings that have been endured for God’s way.  If the proof of our godliness is wealth and numbers; then the Roman Catholic church is God’s church indeed!

3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

In the world and in the Ekklesia, wicked deceivers and wickedness will continue to increase, deceiving many of the brethren away from our God and away from God’s Word.

 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Brethren, prove all things by the whole Word of God and continue diligently in the Holy Scriptures.

3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

It is not enough to know the scriptures or to have faith; we must also have the works of faith and the works of godliness; diligently keeping what we see in the whole Word of God.

3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

 

2 Timothy 4

Timothy and all elders and brethren are charged to be faithful to, and to faithfully teach the whole Word of God

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

A warning that most of the latter day spiritual Ekklesia will stray far from any zeal for sound doctrine and the Word of God, to follow false traditions [fables] and idols of men and corporate entities. 

This supports Paul’s statement to the Thessalonians that there will be a great falling away of the Ekklesia just before the tribulation.

4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Let the godly of today and of all ages, watch and be zealously faithful to live by every Word of God and endure anything and everything to learn, to keep and to teach  the whole Word of God. 

Do not depart from following our espoused Husband to follow idols of men and false traditions.

4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Paul writing from Rome indicates that his judgment is very close and that he believes that he will soon die.

4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

Let us all fight the good fight of faithfulness to our beloved LORD; that we all may be delivered to the resurrection to spirit and eternal life by the true righteous judge.

4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Paul asks Timothy to come quickly to him for his time is at hand and his friends have forsaken him.

4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me [in Rome]: 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; [Crescens and Titus have left but have not forsaken Paul, having gone to care for the churches; and so Paul was left with Luke alone at his time of judgment by the Emperor.] Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

Paul asks that his friends come to him and to bring him his beloved books also;  that he may be comforted in his last months.

 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. 4:13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

Timothy is warned to beware of adversaries as we also should beware of those who would entice us with clever words to subvert our faith and zeal for God and the whole Word of God.

4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 4:15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

At Paul’s first appearance before the Roman court he was abandoned by others of the faith and caused to stand alone.  Paul gives his forgiveness for this abandonment.

4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

At his first hearing in Rome, although abandoned by his friends, Paul still found courage in Christ and gave a good witness of God’s way to all the court and judgment was deferred.  His witness to the court was then spread abroad to all of Rome, so that all in Rome heard of God’s way. 

4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Paul then witnesses to Timothy and to us;  that all those who stand steadfast in godliness, will be delivered from every evil, to rise from the grave an eternal spirit with God.

4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus [Onesimus]4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

Evidently this Epistle was written in summer and Paul asks Timothy to come before winter.

4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. [the brethren in Rome greet Timothy] Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

 

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