Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Timothy 2:1-13.
As Paul faces his impending execution, Paul writes to his dear son Timothy so that he would not find strength in himself, but be strengthened by God through the grace that is found in Jesus. Yet Paul is not myopic; he keeps in mind the needs of the whole Church as he encourages Timothy to entrust the Word of God to other faithful men. Paul commends to Timothy the example of a soldier and an athlete, encouraging him to remain focused on the task given by Christ as Timothy endures toward the end. The example of the farmer reminds Timothy that he too must receive the Gospel that he is given to preach. This Gospel centers on Jesus, who is risen from the dead and will not fail to raise Paul or any of His Christians. Though Jesus’ servants may be bound as He once was, His Word is never bound. This serves as an encouragement to Timothy to endure as Paul does for the sake of the Church. Even at those moments when Timothy is faithless, Paul urges him to take refuge in the faithfulness of God, who has given His Son for the sake of Paul, Timothy, and all.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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2 Timothy 2:1-13
A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
2 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,[a] who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
- 2 Timothy 2:2 The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women, depending on the context
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