• Passing on the Trust

    2 Timothy 2:1–2

    The faithful men to whom Timothy was to entrust the gospel were those loyal to Christ and His apostles, committed to keeping their promises, and sound in their knowledge of the faith. Not all of us are called to be ...Read More

  • Why Study God’s Word?

    2 Timothy 2

    Our ultimate goal is to be pleasing to God in all of life. Certainly for the believer, a critical part of life is our handling and understanding of the Bible. As you begin another year of reading and study, commit ...Read More

  • A Good Soldier’s Practice

    2 Timothy 2:3–4

    The single-minded devotion that we are to have to the Lord and His cause is not developed overnight. In fact, it is something we are ever striving toward and yet will not reach perfectly in this life. Nevertheless, that we ...Read More

  • Requirements for Reward

    2 Timothy 2:5–7

    Our salvation is entirely by grace, and there is nothing we can do to cause the Lord to love us. But God graciously promises a great reward to those who persevere in faith even though He is the one who ...Read More

  • The Unchained Word of God

    2 Timothy 2:8–10

    John Calvin comments, “Let us therefore bear cheerfully, or at least patiently, to have both our body and our reputation shut up in prison, provided that the truth of God breaks through those fetters, and is spread far and wide ...Read More

  • Crowned for Endurance

    2 Timothy 2:11–13

    Paul ends today’s passage with yet another reminder that God remains faithful to us even when we are faithless (2 Tim. 2:13). But those who know the Lord do not take this faithfulness for granted; they also pay ...Read More

  • Reigning with Christ

    2 Timothy 2:11–13

    The truth that we are kings and queens in Christ is not some idea conjured up to boost our self-esteem but a present reality that we will enjoy in its fullness at the resurrection of the dead. At that point ...Read More

  • Interpreting Scripture

    2 Timothy 2:13b

    If we divorce the meaning of the biblical text from its author’s intent, the text can mean anything we want. This happened during the medieval era, when all sorts of fanciful allegorical readings were used that had little if any ...Read More

  • A Worker Unashamed

    2 Timothy 2:14–15

    Surveys routinely report that while a large percentage of people affirm the trustworthiness and authority of the Bible, only a small percentage of such persons are actually familiar with its contents. Regular Scripture study should be a part of our ...Read More

  • Hermeneutics

    2 Timothy 2:15

    If we ignore the intent of the author, the Bible can mean whatever we want it to mean. Divisions in the church, cultic groups, radical subjectivism, and our own Scripture-twisting all attest to this. When studying the Bible, investigate Bible ...Read More

  • Intellectual Treason

    2 Timothy 2:15

    Even during the apostolic times, there were unorthodox men and women who crept into the church and perverted her teaching. We must remain vigilant against the wolves who seek to destroy the faith of God’s flock. Study the historic ...Read More

  • Rightly Handling God’s Word

    2 Timothy 2:15

    For millennia, godly men and women who are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit who dwells in us have been reading and interpreting Scripture. We would therefore be foolish to ignore their writings and their teachings. It is good for ...Read More

  • God’s Truth Abideth Still

    2 Timothy 2:16–19

    John Calvin comments, “Being convinced that the Church shall nevertheless be safe, we shall more patiently endure that the reprobate go away into their own lot, to which they were appointed; because there will remain the full number, with which ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Honorable Vessels

    2 Timothy 2:20–21

    John MacArthur notes, “Even a common wood bucket or clay pot becomes useful when purged and made holy” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,809). None of us can claim to be a worthy vessel in ourselves, for God takes ...Read More

  • A Call for Virtue

    2 Timothy 2:22–23

    Our culture tells us everyday to ignore the old and pursue what is new and “exciting.” The Word of God, on the other hand, would have us stay true to the teachings that have been known by the Lord’s ...Read More