2 Timothy 2 It’s Time For Repentance And Righteousness

In 2 Timothy 2, Paul is laying out the basics of what every Christian should be like. In the first half of the chapter, he’s talking about being a good soldier for Jesus. What this means is obeying God, and making sure our lives please him.

When you become a Christian, it’s no longer about you. In fact, becoming a Christian is about giving yourself up. All your dreams, desires, and plans go out the window. They might come back, but God is in charge now.

I know this sounds scary to some people, but he’s also the one who created us. Each one of us has special skills and talents. Some of which we don’t even know about.

If he created us for something, and he’s directing us in our lives. Maybe we’ll fulfill our lives and use all the skills and abilities he’s given us for his glory.

That sounds like the most fulling way to live.

2 Timothy 2: Become A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

2 Timothy 2:10
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2 Timothy 2: The Metaphor Of Christian Soldiers

Christian soldiers are followers and imitators of Jesus. This means as we live, people will see him. We have to live just lives and treat those around us with love and respect. Even when they don’t deserve it.

In truth none of us deserve it. We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

As Christians, we need to operate in love. We must love our neighbors, family, and even our enemies. Which always seems like a tall order.

However, when you love your enemies, it messes with their head and their heart. They know they hate you, you know they hate you, but for some reason, you’re showing love to them.

This eventually causes conviction and makes people come to Christ. It might be a short time, or it could take a long time. That’s part of God’s timing.

2 Timothy 2: A Trustworthy Saying

11 This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him,
    we will also live with him.
12 If we endure hardship,
    we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
    he will deny us.
13 If we are unfaithful,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot deny who he is.

14 Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.

2 Timothy 2:11-14
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2 Timothy 2: Paul Encourages Timothy Saying We Have To Follow Christ

I love this statement, I’d like to call it a poem but I feel like it’s missing some elements. Although I’m not a poet so I’m unsure what they would be.

Either way, it’s stating some very profound truth. Basically, it’s stating that Jesus will always be with us unless we deny him. He can deny us, but he can’t deny himself. Believe it or not, that’s a good thing.

If God could deny himself that means he could change. A lot of people hold to the fallacy that God can do anything, and that’s not entirely true.

God can’t change.

But we don’t want that.

God loves us, he created us. We hurt him by sinning and walked away from him. So God in his infinite wisdom sent his son Jesus to die for us, and that’s how we can be saved.

All things good including love come from God, and if he could change that, I feel like he’d be less than God. I don’t even know how that would work and I’d like to avoid any hypothetical conversations anyway.

The last verse in the selection says I don’t like useless arguments.

2 Timothy 2: Being An Approved Worker

15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 

17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer,[a] as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.

19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”[b] and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”[c]

20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

2 Timothy 2:15-21

2 Timothy 2: Repentance is Turning For Wickedness and Following God.

I know the title of this section can be controversial. However, in these verses it looks like staying pure and holy is extremely important.

I’d even say true repentance is what it’s talking about here.

When you have true repentance, you’re turning from your evil ways and following God. This maintains and keeps your purity. And God can use you so much more when you’re obedient to him.

2 Timothy 2:22-26

22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 

25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

2 Timothy 2:22-26
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2 Timothy 2: How To Run From Sin & Pursue God

Pursuing God has been the main point of this chapter, however other than a brief sentence or two about repentance, I haven’t mentioned running from sin.

Satan and his demons are our enemies. But we forget that sin is something that traps us in our lives, and it’s hard to get free.

Recently God freed me from a sin that I’ve had for years. It’s always weighed down on my mind. I knew it was wrong, but I kept justifying it.

Pray for freedom, pray for peace, and pray for healing. God will deliver you, I promise. It just takes time and God wants you to learn some things along the way.

Don’t give up saying God isn’t going to help you, and don’t keep doing whatever it is, saying he’s okay with it.

Because he’s not.

You don’t want to learn that the hard way either.

My Conclusion On 2 Timothy 2

As I read 2 Timothy 2 two different topics pop into my head. I’ve realized that I’ve been stressing them in the last few writings I’ve completed and read in this chapter.

  1. You have to repent of your sins. Turn from them, and chase after God.
  2. Pursue God, and keep yourself pure.

If you do those two things, you’ll be doing the work of God, because that’s the only way you’ll be able to do both.

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