He Remains Faithful

He Remains Faithful

A Textual Study of 2 Timothy 2:1-13

2 Timothy 2:1-13

1You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,

2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,

9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!

10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
  If we have died with him,
  we will also live with him;
12   if we endure,
  we will also reign with him;
if we deny him,
  he also will deny us;

13   if we are faithless,
he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

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What do I Have in Christ? (11-13)

  • Salvation in Jesus Christ
    • ‘there is salvation in no one else’ (Acts 4:12)
  • Eternal glory with Christ
    • ‘whoever believes should not perish but have eternal life’ (John 3:16)
  • New life in Jesus Christ
    • ‘if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

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Why Should I Suffer? (8-10)

  • For the sake of proclaiming the Gospel!
  • We may feel bound, but the Word of God is NOT bound!

Why I Should Suffer (8-10)

  • For the sake of proclaiming the Gospel!
  • We may feel bound, but the Word of God is NOT bound!
  • We must endure everything for the sake of reaching the lost.

Remember How to be Faithful

  • 2 Timothy 2:3-7

How Can I be Faithful? (3-7)

  • Stay focused on God
    • ‘please the one who enlisted him’ (4)
  • Live according to God’s Word
    • ‘competes according to the rules’ (5)
  • Work hard and reap the benefits
    • ‘hard-working farmer’ (6)

if we are faithless,
he remains faithful—

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