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2 Timothy Chapter 2

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

 (1) The conclusion of the former exhortation which has also a
     declaration added to it: how those who do not keep that
     worthy thing that is committed to them, who keep it to
     themselves, but rather those who do most freely communicate
     it with others, to the end that many may be partakers of
     it, without any man's loss or hindrance.

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

    (a) When many were there, who can bear witness of these
        things.

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

 (2) Another admonition: that the ministry of the word is a
     spiritual warfare, which no man can so travail in that he
     pleases his captain, unless he abstains from and parts with
     all hindrances which might draw him away from it.

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

    (b) With affairs of household, or other things that belong
        to other ordinary businesses.

2 Timothy 2:5
2:5 {3} And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not
    crowned, except he strive lawfully.

 (3) The third admonition: the ministry is similar to a game in
     which men strive for the victory, and no man is crowned,
     unless he strive according to the laws which are
     prescribed, be they ever so hard and painful.

2 Timothy 2:6
2:6 {4} The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of
    the fruits.

 (4) Another similarity with respect to the same matter: no man
     may look for the harvest, unless he first take pains to
     plow and sow his ground.

2 Timothy 2:7
2:7 {5} Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee
    understanding in all things.

 (5) All these things cannot be understood, and much less
     practised, unless we ask of God and he gives us
     understanding.

2 Timothy 2:8
2:8 {6} Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was
    raised from the dead according to my gospel:

 (6) He confirms plainly two principles of our faith, which are
     alway assaulted by heretics, the one of which (that is,
     that Christ is the true Messiah, made man of the seed of
     David) is the ground of our salvation: and the other is the
     highest part of it, that is, that he is risen again from
     the dead.

2 Timothy 2:9
2:9 {7} Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even] unto
    bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

 (7) The taking away of an objection: it is true that he is kept
     in prison as an evildoer, yet there is no reason why some
     should therefore go about to take away credit from his
     Gospel.  And this is because God has blessed his ministry;
     indeed, the example of this his captivity and patience, did
     rather in different ways strengthen and encourage his
     Church in the hope of a better life.

2 Timothy 2:11
2:11 {8} [It is] a faithful saying: For if we be {c} dead with
     [him], we shall also live with [him]:

 (8) The fourth admonition: we ought not to contend upon words
     and questions, which are not only unprofitable, but also
     for the most part hurtful: but rather upon this, how we may
     compose ourselves to every manner of patience, and to die
     also with Christ (that is to say, for Christ's name)
     because that is the plain way to the most glorious life.
     And contrary to this, the falling away of men can diminish
     no part of the truth of God, even though by such means they
     procure most certain destruction to themselves.
     (c) If we are afflicted with Christ, and for Christ's sake.

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

     (d) Call God to witness, or as a Judge: as Moses, Joshua,
         Samuel, and Paul himself did, in Acts 13.

2 Timothy 2:15
2:15 {9} Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
     needeth not to be ashamed, {e} rightly dividing the word of
     truth.

 (9) The fifth admonition: a minister must not be an idle
     disputer, but a faithful steward in correctly dividing the
     word of truth, in so much that he must stop the mouths of
     other vain babblers.
     (e) By adding nothing to it, neither deleting anything,
         neither mangling it, nor rending it apart, nor
         distorting it: but marking diligently what his hearers
         are able to bear, and what is fit to edifying.

2 Timothy 2:16
2:16 {f} But shun profane [and] vain babblings: {10} for they
     will increase unto more ungodliness.

      (f) Mark and watch, and see that they do not creep on
          further.
 (10) He reveals the subtilty of Satan, who beginning with these
      principles, draws us by little and little to ungodliness
      through the means of that wicked and profane babbling,
      which gradually increases.  And this he proves by the
      horrible example of those that taught that the
      resurrection was already past.

2 Timothy 2:19
2:19 {11} Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure,
     having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And,
     Let every one that {g} nameth the name of Christ depart
     from iniquity.

 (11) A digression, in which he heals the offence that rose by
      their falling away.  Firstly, he shows that the elect are
      out of all danger of any such falling away.  Secondly,
      that they are known to God, and not to us: and therefore
      it is no marvel if we often mistake hypocrites for true
      brethren.  But we must take heed that we are not like
      them, but rather that we are indeed such as we are said to
      be.
      (g) That serves and worships him, and as it were named of
          him, a faithful man or Christian.

2 Timothy 2:20
2:20 {12} 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.

 (12) The taking away of an objection: it is not dishonour to
      the good man of the house, that he has not in a great
      house all vessels of one sort and for one service, but we
      must look to this, that we are found vessels prepared to
      honour.

2 Timothy 2:21
2:21 If a man therefore {h} 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.

     (h) By these words is meant the execution of the matter,
         and not the cause: for in that we purge ourselves, it
         is not to be attributed to any free will that is in us,
         but to God, who freely and wholly works in us, a good
         and an effectual will.

2 Timothy 2:22
2:22 {13} Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness,
     faith, charity, {14} peace, with them that call on the Lord
     out of a pure heart.

 (13) Returning to the matter from where he digressed in
      2 Timothy 2:16, he warns him to exercise himself in serious
      matters, and such as pertain to godliness.
 (14) The sixth admonition: we must above all things avoid all
      bitterness of mind, both in teaching all men, and also in
      calling those back who have gone out of the way.

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

     (i) To win them through our patient bearing with them, but
         not to please them or excuse them in their wickedness.

2 Timothy 2:25
2:25 In meekness instructing those that {k} oppose themselves;
     if God peradventure will give them repentance to the
     acknowledging of the truth;

     (k) He means those who do not yet see the truth.


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