Introduction to II Timothy
It is important to study God’s Word, the Bible. It is important to memorize verses and to think upon His Word. The Word of God never changes, even though we live in a world of constant change. Our friends and families change. Circumstances change. Our thoughts and attitudes change. And all around us we experience change every day. But the Word of God remains the same, and is sure and steadfast. We can always depend upon His Word. Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Psalm 119:89 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven,” and in I Peter 1:23, we read that the Word of God lives and abides forever. In uncertain and changing times, we can always depend upon His Holy Word to give us comfort, strength, grace and power for each moment of our lives, regardless of our situations or our circumstances. The Word of God also helps newborn babies in Christ to grow spiritually. In I Peter 2:2 we read, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” We, as believers in Christ, are commanded in God’s Word to grow spiritually. II Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” The Word of God has always existed and will always exist. In John 1:1-2 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” Read the following verses from the Bible: Psalm 119: 2, 9, 11, 28, 50, 67, 71, 74, 92, 114, 130, 147, 148, 162 and 165. As you begin these study courses of God’s Word, please begin them with this thought and prayer found in Psalm 119:18, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” And in Psalm 119:105 we read: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” This tells us how to stand with God and how to go with God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” II Timothy 3:16-17
II TIMOTHY Key Verse: II Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Key Words: Suffer – found 5 times; Endure – found 4 times.
Theme: A challenge to endure pressures and affliction. To be strong in the face of apostasy.
Date: 67 A.D. (approximately)
Writer: The Apostle Paul
Written to: Timothy at Ephesus from: Rome in prison
The Book: Number in Bible – 55th book in the Bible; Number in Chapters – 4; Number in verses – 83; Number in order of writing – 16th book in the New Testament.
Purpose: 1) Encourage Timothy to be bold and fearless 2) Encourage Timothy to be faithful in testings 3) Warn Timothy of apostasy in the future 4) Ask Timothy to come and see him, bring needed possessions
Divisions: 1) Chapter 1 – Pastoral appeal – reminder of responsibility and privileges 2) Chapter 2 – Practical appeal – effort to solve some problems 3) Chapter 3 – Prophetic appeal – points out importance of holding fast 4) Chapter 4 – Personal appeal – appeal to Timothy to remain true
Outline: Paul’s concern for Timothy (Ch. 1) Remembering (1-6) Resources (7-11) Reward (12-18) Paul’s challenge to Timothy (Ch. 2) Distribute the Word (2) Dedication to Battle (3, 4) Discipline in Work (5) Doing the Work (6) Diligence (7-10) Dividing the Word (15) Direction (22-26) Paul’s caution for Timothy (Ch. 3) The Perils of the Last Days (1) The People of the Last Days (2, 5) The Plea to the True Believer (5) The Program for the Last Days (10-11) The Plan for the Last Days (14-15) Profit Available in Last Days(15-16) Paul’s charge to Timothy (Ch. 4) Preach the Word (1-4) Prove your calling (5) Personally illustrate ministry (6)Profit from experience & fellowship (10-22)
Miscellaneous: The spread of apostasy
I Timothy – Some have turned aside (1:6) Some have made shipwreck (1:19) Some have turned aside after Satan (5:15) Some have been led astray (6:10) Some have erred (6:21)
II Timothy – All have turned away from me (1:15) All forsook me (4:16)
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