2 Timothy

2 Timothy

Chapter 1 The Second Epistle to Timothy has a very peculiar character. It is the expression of his heart, who out side Palestine had, under God, founded and built the assembly of God on earth, and it was written in sight of its failure, and its departure from the principles on which he had established it. God remained faithful; His foundation was sure and immovable; but the work committed into the hands of men was already enfeebled and decaying. The consciousness of this state of things, wh...

2 Timothy 4

In view of all this Paul solemnly charges Timothy to preach "the word." He carries away his thoughts to the tremendous hour when the Lord Jesus shall appear in glory to judge the living and the dead, so that he should serve and speak in view of that moment, and not succumb to the temptation to speak so as to please the itching ears of men. In the four striking verses which open chapter 4 the Apostle uses three expressions, all of which are intimately connected with the Scriptures, ...

2 Timothy 3

With the opening of chapter 3 the Apostle turns from these instructions, which Sprang out of the dangers which were threatening at that moment, to foretell the conditions which should prevail in the last days. The picture that he presents is a very dark one. In the first verse he gives us the general character of the last days in two words-"perilous times." We shall do well to bear this warning continually in mind inasmuch as there can be but little doubt that we are now in the last...

2 Timothy 2

The first verse of our chapter brings before us a third thing that is needful if the truth of God is to be maintained. A good deposit had been entrusted to Timothy. It had been conveyed to him by Paul in an outline of sound words, and was to be kept by the indwelling Holy Spirit, as 2 Tim. 1: 13, 14 have told us. Now to have the truth enshrined in an outline of sound words is good, and yet no such outline can in itself keep the truth alive; for this the Holy Ghost is needed. Apart from ...

2 Timothy 1

In his opening words, presenting his apostleship, Paul strikes a note which is prominent all through this epistle. He is an apostle, not only "by the will of God"-that gave him his authority-but also "according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus"-that conferred upon his apostleship an unconquerable character. Nature furnishes us with many illustrations of the extraordinary power of life. Here is a green sapling so tender that an infant could crush it in its tiny fist yet un...

Introduction to Comments on 2 Timothy

We have no certain knowledge of how many years elapsed between the writing of the 1st and 2nd epistles to Timothy but evidently there had been sufficient time for the development of a big down-grade movement in the church of God. The diverse characters stamped upon the two Epistles make this quite plain. In the first epistle Timothy is instructed as to good order in the church and exhorted to maintain it in the presence of disorders that threatened it. In the second we find that, while th...

Lecture 7 - The Epistles and the Revelation

The Epistles We have before us, to-night, beloved brethren, the concluding portion of God's blessed Word; and I cannot but feel, as we enter upon it, how more than inadequate the account has been of the previous parts, while it is vain to promise one's self better either as to what remains. Still what account could be given that would not be inadequate? And if a partial representation be in some sort a misrepresentation, it will be sufficient to warn you not to suppose that wh...

The Jew and the Gentile

For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted i...

Paul's Exhortations to Timothy

As the apostle Paul nears the end of his life, much of which had been poured out for the Lord, his heart is moved towards Timothy and what his son in the faith will face in the coming days. Writing from his dungeon, the veteran missionary pours out his heart and concerns for the younger, and perhaps discouraged Timothy. Surely, the younger saints of our day would benefit from listening in as Paul, who is about to depart this world, gives Timothy his final instructions. A...

Striving

Growing up as the fourth child in a family of all boys it wasn’t hard to develop a competitive spirit. Even when playing with those older than me I did not give an inch. In fact, I used to get a real kick out of beating some of the older boys—including my brothers! If I could not beat them with my ability, I beat them by way of psychology. Competition in sports is fun, but a competitive spirit can be very destructive in the spiritual world. Many local assemblies have been...
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