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II Timothy

Paul indicates the close relationship between himself and Timothy   Paul served God with a clear conscience   God gives power, love, and a sound mind   Don't be ashamed of the testimony Jesus   Paul is now in prison   Be a partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel   God's Holy calling   Hold fast to the form of sound words   Some in Asia turned from Paul   Onesiphorus, one not ashamed of Paul being in prison   Be strong and endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ   Although Paul's in prison, Gods word isn't bound there   For the elect's sake   Some faithful sayings   Study to show thyself approved   Shun those with profane and vain babblings   The Lord knows His own   A vessel unto honor   Things to flee and things to follow   Avoid foolish and stupid questions   Instructions for a servant of the Lord   In the last days perilous times shall come   Nineteen, (19), ways, which mankind will turn from God   Having a form of Godliness   Always learning but never able to come to the truth   All that will live Godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution   Evil men and seducers, (or imposters), in time, will grow worse and worse   Paul warns us to stay in the Holy Scriptures, and that from  a child, some have been able to perceive and understand   All scripture is given by inspiration of God   Be instant in season and out of season   The time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine   People will turn from Truth to fiction   Paul's impending death   I have fought a good fight   I have finished my course   I have kept the faith   Paul requests Timothy to visit as soon as possible   All others, have forsaken Paul. Only Luke remains.   Bring my coat and books   Alexander the coppersmith   All forsook Paul   The Lord stood with me, and strengthened me

Paul indicates the close relationship
between himself and Timothy

2 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

2 Tim 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul served God with a clear conscience

2 Tim 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure[1] conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

1 "PURE": 2513. katharos, kath-ar-os'; of uncert. affin.; clean (lit. or fig.):--clean, clear, pure.

2 Tim 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

2 Tim 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Acts 16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

2 Tim 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

God gives power, love, and a sound mind

2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Don't be ashamed of the testimony Jesus
Paul is now in prison
Be a partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel

2 Tim 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

God's Holy calling

2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world[1] began,

1 "WORLD": 166. aionios, ahee-o'-nee-os; from G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well):--eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

2 Tim 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

2 Tim 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

2 Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Hold fast to the form of sound words

2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Tim 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

Some in Asia turned from Paul

2 Tim 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus[1] and Hermogenes[2].

1 "PHYGELLUS": 5436. Phugellos, foog'-el-los; prob. from G5343; figitive; Phygellus, an apostate Chr.:--Phygellus.

2 "HERMOGENES": 2061. Hermogenes, her-mog-en'-ace; from G2060 and G1096; born of Hermes; Hermogenes, an apostate Chr.:--Hermogenes.

Onesiphorus, one not ashamed of Paul being in prison

2 Tim 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

2 Tim 1:17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.

2 Tim 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Be strong and endure hardness
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ

2 Tim 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 Tim 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

2 Tim 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Tim 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

2 Tim 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

2 Tim 2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

2 Tim 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

2 Tim 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

Although Paul's in prison, God's word isn't bound there

2 Tim 2:9 Wherein I suffer[1] trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

1 "SUFFER": 2553. kakopatheo, kak-op-ath-eh'-o; from the same as G2552; to undergo hardship:--be afflicted, endure afflictions (hardness), suffer trouble.

For the elect's sake

2 Tim 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's[1] sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal[2] glory.

1 "ELECT'S": 1588. eklektos, ek-lek-tos'; from G1586; select; by impl. favorite:--chosen, elect.

2 "ETERNAL": 166. aionios, ahee-o'-nee-os; from G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well):--eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

Some faithful sayings

2 Tim 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer[1], we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

1 "SUFFER": 5278. hupomeno, hoop-om-en'-o; from G5259 and G3306; to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; fig. to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere:--abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.

2 Tim 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

To help clarify the faithful sayings in verses 11, 12, & 13:
1 - To be dead with Christ is to live with Him.
2 - To suffer with Him is to reign with Him.
3 - To deny Him is to be denied.
4 - Christ cannot deny Himself.

2 Tim 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive[1] not about words[2] to no profit, but to the subverting[3] of the hearers.

1 "STRIVE": 3054. logomacheo, log-om-akh-eh'-o; from a comp. of G3056 and G3164; to be disputatious (on trifles):--strive about words.

2 "WORDS": 3054. logomacheo, log-om-akh-eh'-o; from a comp. of G3056 and G3164; to be disputatious (on trifles):--strive about words.

3 "SUBVERTING": 2692. katastrophe, kat-as-trof-ay'; from G2690; an overturn ("catastrophe"), i.e. demolition; fig. apostasy:--overthrow, subverting.

2690. katastrepho, kat-as-tref'-o; from G2596 and G4762; to turn upside down, i.e. upset:--overthrow.

Don't argue over things of little importance. Be concerned of things like the upcoming apostasy.

2 Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; ............. Falling = Apostasy, or defection from truth.

2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Study to show thyself approved

2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved[1] unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing[2] the word of truth.

1 "APPROVED": 1384. dokimos, dok'-ee-mos; from G1380; prop. acceptable (current after assayal), i.e. approved:--approved, tried.

2 "DIVIDING": 3718. orthotomeo, or-thot-om-eh'-o; from a comp. of G3717 and the base of G5114; to make a straight cut, i.e. (fig.) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message):--rightly divide.

This is a very famous verse. When one refers to it, he, or she, should include verses 14 and 16 with the Strong's definitions in 14. Both 14 and 16 pertain to the very end times.

Isa 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

1 Cor 11:28 But let a man examine[1] himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

EXAMINE 1381. dokimazo, dok-im-ad'-zo; from G1384; to test (lit. or fig.); by impl. to approve:--allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-) prove, try.

1384. dokimos, dok'-ee-mos; from G1380; prop. acceptable (current after assayal), i.e. approved:--approved, tried.

One must stay current. I believe we are being checked, (or tested), constantly. If we weren't, how would God know when we repented or anything we thought, and things like that.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

1 Tim 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Jer 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

Shun those with profane and vain babblings

2 Tim 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2 Tim 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker[1]: of whom is Hymenaeus[2] and Philetus[3];

1 "CANKER": 1044. gaggraina, gang'-grahee-nah; from graino (to gnaw); an ulcer ("gangrene"):--canker.

2 "HYMENAEUS": 5211. Humenaios, hoo-men-ah'-yos; from Humen (the god of weddings); "hymenaeal"; Hymenaeus, an opponent of Chris-tianity:--Hymenaeus.

3 "PHILETUS": 5372. Philetos, fil-ay-tos'; from G5368; amiable; Philetus, an opposer of Christianity:--Philetus.

2 Tim 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

The Lord knows His own

2 Tim 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

A vessel unto honor

2 Tim 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

2 Tim 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Things to flee and things to follow

2 Tim 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Avoid foolish and stupid questions

2 Tim 2:23 But foolish and unlearned[1] questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

1 "UNLEARNED": 521. apaideutos, ap-ah'ee-dyoo-tos; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and a der. of G3811; uninstructed, i.e. (fig.) stupid:--unlearned.

Prov 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Instructions for a servant of the Lord

2 Tim 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive[1]; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

1 "STRIVE": 3164. machomai, makh'-om-ahee; mid. of an appar. prim. verb; to war, i.e. (fig.) to quarrel, dispute:--fight, strive.

2 Tim 2:25 In meekness[1] instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

1 "MEEKNESS": 4236. praiotes, prah-ot'-ace; from G4235; gentleness; by impl. humility:--meekness.

2 Tim 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

In the last days perilous times shall come

2 Tim 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous[1] times shall come.

1 "PERILOUS": 5467. chalepos, khal-ep-os'; perh. from G5465 through the idea of reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or (by impl.) furious:--fierce, perilous.

Nineteen, (19), ways, which mankind will turn from God

I've underlined the 19 ways.

2 Tim 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2 Tim 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2 Tim 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of Godliness

2 Tim 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Rom 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

2 Tim 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep[1] into houses, and lead captive silly[2] women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

1 "CREEP": 1744. enduno, en-doo'-no; from G1772 and G1416; to sink (by impl. wrap [comp. G1746]) on, i.e. (fig.) sneak:--creep.

2 "SILLY": 1133. gunaikarion, goo-nahee-kar'-ee-on; a dimin. from G1135; a little (i.e. foolish) woman:--silly woman.

Always learning but never able to come to the truth

2 Tim 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Tim 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate[1] concerning the faith.

1 "REPROBATE": 96. adokimos, ad-ok'-ee-mos; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and G1384; unapproved, i.e. rejected; by impl. worthless (lit. or mor.):--castaway, rejected, reprobate.

2 Tim 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly[1] shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

1 "FOLLY": 454. anoia, an'-oy-ah; from a comp. of G1 (as a neg. particle) and G3563; stupidity; by impl. rage:--folly, madness.

2 Tim 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Tim 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

Acts 14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

Acts 14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

All that will live Godly in
Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution

2 Tim 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer[1] persecution.

1 "SUFFER": 1377. dioko, dee-o'-ko; a prol. (and caus.) form of a prim. verb dio (to flee; comp. the base of G1169 and G1249); to pursue (lit. or fig.); by impl. to persecute:--ensue, follow (after), given to, (suffer) persecute (-ion), press toward.

Are you having any persecution? If you're getting lots of flack as a result of the work you do for the Lord, just keep one thing in mind. What you're doing must bother Satan a lot!

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Evil men and seducers, (or imposters),
in time, will grow worse and worse

2 Tim 3:13 But evil men and seducers[1] shall wax[2] worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

1 "SEDUCERS": 1114. goes, go'-ace; from goao (to wail); prop. a wizard (as muttering spells), i.e. (by impl.) an impostor:--seducer.

2 "WAX": 4298. prokopto, prok-op'-to; from G4253 and G2875; to drive forward (as if by beating), i.e. (fig. and intrans.) to advance (in amount, to grow; in time, to be well along):--increase, proceed, profit, be far spent, wax.

Things are going to get worse. Much worse.

Paul warns us to stay in the Holy Scriptures, and that
from a child, some have been able to perceive and understand

2 Tim 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

You should know where all knowledge and wisdom comes from, God.

2 Tim 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known[1] the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

1 "KNOWN": 1492. eido, i'-do; a prim. verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equiv. G3700 and G3708; prop. to see (lit. or fig.); by impl. (in the perf. only) to know:--be aware, behold, X can (+ not tell), consider, (have) known (-ledge), look (on), perceive, see, be sure, tell, understand, wist, wot. Comp. G3700.

There are some people that have known from a child that there was more to God's word than they were being taught.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God

2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Tim 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Be instant in season and out of season

2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

John 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

The time will come when people
will not endure sound doctrine

2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

It appears that we are in that time now. People don't want the truth. If you teach the word verse by verse, use a Strong's dictionary to go to the Greek or Hebrew, as the translators, in my opinion, would advise, you will be mocked and ridiculed. Today (2004) people in the churches are following too many traditions brought forth by man and not God. They, (the false teachers), seemed to think they can improve on God's word, and the congregations seemed to like it. I guess people are just too busy to check them, (preachers - teachers), out in God's word. The time will come when they wish they had.

People will turn from Truth to fiction

2 Tim 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables[1].

1 "FABLES": 3454. muthos, moo-'thos; perh. from the same as G3453 (through the idea of tuition); a tale, i.e. fiction ("myth"):--fable.

2 Tim 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Paul's impending death

2 Tim 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight
I have finished my course
I have kept the faith

2 Tim 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Just like the two witnesses, Paul couldn't leave this world until his course was finished.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Paul requests Timothy to visit as soon as possible

2 Tim 4:9 Do thy diligence[1] to come shortly unto me:

1 "DILIGENCE": 4704. spoudazo, spoo-dad'-zo; from G4710; to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:--do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study.

All others, have forsaken Paul. Only Luke remains.

2 Tim 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world[1], and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

2 Tim 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

Only Luke is with me.... Reminds me of when at the cross, all but John deserted Jesus.

2 Tim 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

Bring my coat and books

2 Tim 4:13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

Alexander the coppersmith

2 Tim 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

2 Tim 4:15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

All forsook Paul

2 Tim 4:16 At my first[1] answer[2] no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

1 "FIRST": 4413. protos, pro'-tos; contr. superl. of G4253; foremost (in time, place, order or importance):--before, beginning, best, chief (-est), first (of all), former.

2 "ANSWER": 627. apologia, ap-ol-og-ee'-ah; from the same as G626; a plea ("apology"):--answer (for self), clearing of self, defence.

The Lord stood with me, and strengthened me

2 Tim 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Deu 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

2 Tim 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever[1] and ever. Amen.

1 "EVER": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

2 Tim 4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

2 Tim 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

2 Tim 4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

2 Tim 4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

The apostle Paul
What a man of God!

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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