2 Timothy 2 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

  • v1-7 - Look at all of the different analogies Paul uses for the Christian life in v3-6. The Christian life is like:

  • A soldier (v4): Don't get tangled up in civilian affairs, but keep focused on the mission and fulfilling your commanding officer's orders.

  • An athlete (v5): You won't win if you don't compete according to the rules,

  • A farmer (v6): "The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops."

  • This section ends with Paul telling Pastor Timothy to reflect on these analogies, so that the Lord will provide insight. Follow this advice today, and pause to think often about how you can be like a soldier, athlete or farmer in how you can do the tasks you've been given here and now in such a way that advances the cause of Christ.

  • v8-13 - Just like we've seen before, Paul likes to drop in these mini-creeds into his letters to remind us why he's writing (it's also possible that these were early church hymns). This passage has two:

  1. "Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David (v8)."

  2. "If we died with [Christ], we will also live with Him;

  3. if we [will] endure, we will also reign with Him.

  4. If we [will] disown Him, He will disown us;

  5. [But even] If we are faithless, He remains faithful (v12-13).

Notice the way that line C poetically cancels out the possibility of lines B for those whom God has chosen.