• Times of Difficulty Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:1

    John Calvin, in his commentary on today’s passage, helpfully demonstrates that Paul’s warning shows how there will always be wickedness until Christ returns. Therefore, he says, we must never cease in our fight against it. We should not expect the church to be completely free of problems, for dealing with self-love and heresy in our midst is part of what it means to be god’s people in these last days. Let us therefore not be discouraged by the imperfections of the church. View Resource

  • Systemic Narcissism Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:2–5

    Augustine exhorts us to “shut out the evil love of the world so that you may be filled with the love of god” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 9, p. 261; hereafter ACCNT). even believers struggle with self-love, but if we have truly come to Jesus for salvation, then god’s Spirit has poured love for Him into our hearts (Rom. 5:5). Let us seek for Him to ll us with such love and make us hate the inordinate love of self and the world. View Resource

  • Sin and Knowledge of Truth Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:6–7

    Matthew Henry admonishes us: “A foolish head and a filthy heart make persons an easy prey to seducers.” If we would be discerning men and women, we must cultivate a pure heart and a wise mind through the study and application of Scripture. Meditating on things that are not true, good, or beautiful makes us unable to recognize those things that are. Spend time this month meditating on a few chapters of the book of Proverbs that you might learn to be wise. View Resource

  • God’s Truth Abideth Still Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:8–9

    God in His providence has often used false teaching to move His church to state more clearly the truths taught in Scripture. This does not mean heresy is good, only that even in others’ deceptions God is working all things together for the church’s good (Rom. 8:28). A good book on church history will encourage you as you see the truth of God’s Word triumph again and again. Try to find time to read one that you might be encouraged in your faith. View Resource

  • The Promise of Persecution Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:10–13

    Persecution runs the gamut from being looked down upon by non-Christian friends or family to death at the hands of an evil government. But whatever form it takes, everyone who stands for Christ is bound to face some problems on account of their faithfulness. Let us not be discouraged by this fact but pray that the Holy Spirit would give us strength to persevere, and let us encourage one another to remain true to our confession even when it is difficult. View Resource

  • The Inerrancy of the Bible Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:10-17

    We can rejoice that the Bible is free of error in all its claims. God wants His people to have confidence in Him, so that we can know Him and His will, doing what we are called to do without fear. Consider your commitment level—could it be enhanced by a stronger affirmation of the trustworthiness of Scripture? View Resource

  • How to Study the Bible Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:14–17

    As we have said many times before, the church is not infallible but it is wise. If we neglect the wisdom of historic, orthodox, biblical Christianity, then we will make many mistakes in interpretation and application. We must study privately and corporately, attending worship services and group Bible studies so that we may be blessed by the insights of others and become better able to help other believers understand God’s Word. View Resource

  • How to Study the Bible Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:14–17

    Many people find the study of Scripture to be an intimidating, if not impossible, endeavor. But God encourages us to put His Word on our hearts (Deut. 6:6), and He will open His Word to us if we are faithful to study it with diligence and humility. Consider joining a Bible study or class offered by your church so that you may learn from other Christians. Be sure to make some time each week for the study and contemplation of God’s Word. View Resource

  • Wisdom for Salvation Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:14–15

    Scripture has many uses, but its primary purpose is to give the message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ that we might be redeemed from sin and death and thus bring God’s will to bear on earth. This message is not learned once but is to be heard time and again through the consistent hearing of the Word. Let us never think that we have come to the point where we no longer need to hear the simple message of the gospel of salvation. View Resource

  • Divine Authorship and Authority Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    Because Scripture is the living and active Word of God, what we have in the pages of the bible is the Lord’s voice. In other words, we are at no disadvantage to abraham, Moses, or the other great figures in biblical history, for we have what they had—God’s speech to His people. Let us not be tempted to think that the believers of ages past had it better than we do, for Scripture clearly reveals to us God’s will and is to be followed just as we follow the Lord Himself. View Resource

  • The Divine Origin of Scripture Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    We must have the firm confidence that Scripture is the Word of God, or we will not be able to stand firm in the day of trial. Scripture may have been written thousands of years ago, but it is the very revelation of God Himself. What the Bible says, the Lord says, and that is why we must know, love, and obey the Scriptures. View Resource

  • God-Breathed Scripture Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16

    The process of biblical inspiration is mysterious, for we do not know exactly how God moved the human authors of Scripture to give us His Word. Nevertheless, we know that Scripture is the Word of God, and so it can be trusted to give us nothing but the truth of God. When we want to know God’s will for us, we must turn to Scripture, for it is there alone that we will find the Lord’s guidance. View Resource

  • The Inspiration of Scripture Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    Augustine comments that we can never let our failure to understand a specific biblical text make us think that somehow that text is uninspired. “When we are wrong because we haven’t understood it, we leave it in the right. When we have gone wrong, we don’t make out Scripture to be wrong, but it continues to stand up straight and right, so that we may return to it for correction” (ACCNT 9, p. 269). We do not judge the Word of God; it judges us. View Resource

  • Revelation Incarnate Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    Just because Jesus is the incarnate Word of God does not mean that we need not study Scripture or hold it as supremely authoritative in matters of faith and practice. We learn about and from Christ throughout Scripture, and when we submit to it we are submitting to Christ Himself. Some people try to set up a conflict between following Jesus and following Scripture, but we must never fall into that error. View Resource

  • Authority and Authorship Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16-17

    When we speak of the authorship of Scripture, we must never forget that the individual human authors of each book did contribute a distinct style and emphasis to our understanding of God. However, we must always remember that though each brought a unique contribution to the canon, God inspired each of them so that they wrote His words accurately. As you study the Bible, ask God to remind you that the words you read are indeed His words. View Resource