Persevering in truth can be a difficult challenge. Thankfully, though, it’s not a new one: Timothy, too, had to face teachers who sought to deceive and oppose the message of Jesus Christ. In response, Alistair Begg explains, Paul urged him to remain faithful to God’s call. As new ideas and theories of discipleship come and go, Paul’s message points us back to the basics. The foundation of spiritual growth remains unchanged: commitment and obedience to God’s Word.
1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
10You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom1 you learned it 15and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God2 may be complete, equipped for every good work.
From the darkness of a prison cell, Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy about his desire to pass on the Gospel to the next generation. His great concern was that truth would be preserved and that his disciple would be useful to the Master in his continuing ministry. Reviewing 2 Timothy’s exhortations toward perseverance, holiness, and remaining steadfast, Alistair Begg encourages and inspires us to stand firm in declaring the Gospel with the confidence that comes from Jesus Christ alone.
|Do Not Be Ashamed||2 Timothy 1:1-14|
|Legacy of The Gospel||2 Timothy 1:15-2:13|
|Aim for God's Approval||2 Timothy 2:14-26|
|Continuing in the Faith||2 Timothy 3:1-17|
|Keep Your Head Intact||2 Timothy 4:1-22|