2 Timothy 3.10-17, with Psalm 19 as a prayer
today we conclude our focus on this letter, perhaps the final letter of the
apostle Paul before his execution. We’ve
examined the theme of legacy. We’ve
looked at Paul’s instruction on conflict for this young leader. We hear in this section both of those themes
you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my
patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions….” And, in a charge to continue in what he has
learned, Paul reminds Timothy, “[you know] from whom you learned it”. From his mother and grandmother, from Paul
and other teachers in the first generation of leadership in the church. And the mantle is being passed to Timothy and
others in his generation.
Paul’s persecutions. “All who want to
live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (3.12). And, in addition to persecution from powerful
outsiders, false teachers in the church itself, “progressing from bad to worse,
deceiving and being deceived” (3.13).
what Scripture is and what Scripture does.
That’s our focus today. You’ll
see in your note sheet a table for the two things Scripture is and the two
things Scripture does. They correlate,
and we’ll look at how we make the move from “is” to “does” in our lives, how we
allow it to do its work so that it can be all God wants it to be in the
practicality of daily life.
translated “inspired”, but an unusual word choice (Bassler, 168)
2, “breathed into the man the breath of life” (Bassler)
when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30 When you send forth your
spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
trusts in inspired Scripture more than in theologians’ theories of how
Scripture is inspired.
meaning is about PRACTICAL usefulness for
rebuke, correction, training in righteousness
information but also transformation
only interpret Scripture, let it interpret us
wise for salvation” (3.15)
ability as POWER
Scripture on his search – reading as “means of grace”
equips you for every good work” (3.17)
setting prisoners free, healing the sick, living with integrity in the work
place, doing justice, witnessing to Jesus, controlling our anger and our speech
enemies, for it is always with me. 99
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my
meditation. 100 I understand
more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.
of God not only once inspired those who wrote it, but continually inspires,
supernaturally assists, those that read it with earnest prayer.
– life giving
transformational (qualifies & equips)
(You are what you eat!)
they were my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jeremiah 15.16).
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.
Abingdon New Testament Commentaries.