Verse 1 – You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Verse 2 – And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Timothy was to teach to ministers, that he ordained, what Paul had taught him.
Verse 3 – You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Verse 4 – No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
If you are called and ordained to be a minister, that will be a person’s full time job. The personal business to make a living is forgotten, just as a soldier does when he goes off to war. Paul was telling Timothy, that you can’t juggle both. One will get more attention than the other.
Verse 5 – And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
In other words: If you want to be a successful minister, by souls being won for Christ, then follow the instructions that Paul gave in Scripture.
Verse 6 – The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
When a farm labors to plant, there is a waiting period of nourishing the crop. When a preacher preaches the gospel there will be neutering that will follow also. Just as the farmer gets to eat his own crop, the minister will be victorious in winning people for the glory of God.
Verse 7 – Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
Verse 8 – Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,
Verse 9 – for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.
Verse 10 – Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Verse 11 – This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him.
Verse 12 – If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Verse 13 – If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
At sometime or another, all Christians have had doubts, because of the circumstances they went through. Christ doesn’t leave us at these times. He remains faithful. Denying Christ is an entirely different subject. A true denial of Christ will leave a person without hope on that great and final day.
Verse 14 – Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
Paul reminds Timothy to tell other believers not to argue over unimportant details. This doesn’t benefit anyone.
Verse 15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Because God will examine what kind of workers we have been for Him, we should build our lives on His Word and build His Word into our lives. Believers who try to live a victorious life without studying God’s Word, will have a defeated miserable life.
Verse 16 – But shun profane and vane babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
Verse 17 – And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
Verse 18 – who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.
Paul had already turned Hymenaeus over to Satan because of his false teaching concerning the resurrection and was destroying the faith of some. These false teachers were denying the resurrection of the body. They taught that when a person became a Christian, they were spiritually reborn, and that would be the only resurrection that there would be. To them, resurrection was symbolic and spiritual not physical.
We don’t shape the doctrine to match our opinions. Our beliefs have to line up with Scripture.
Verse 19 – Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “That the Lord knows those who are His,” and “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
No one can deceive God about their faith or anything else, for that matter. I personally believe that it takes a lot more effort to deceive and live a life of lies, than it does to just go ahead and live a life doing what is right, according to God’s word.
Verse 20 – But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
Every church has people with different gifts for use, no two people are alike, just like in a house, different vessels, different uses.
Verse 21 – Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
Living a holy life, ready to submit to God’s will for all good works.
Verse 22 – Flee also youthful lusts, but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
verse 23 – But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
Verse 24 – And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
Verse 25 – in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
When someone is teaching the truth to people which have learned in error, we can only hope that they will repent and believe the truth. They have to admit first, that they believed in error.
Verse 26 – and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
We all will become a better teacher if we don’t start with criticizing what people are doing wrong first. We are to be gentle , respectful, loving and kind, when we teach God’s word or correct error.