Overview of 2 Timothy (02) - The Mission: Making Disciples

Date: 10/16/2016
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You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:1–10

The Second Epistle to Timothy contains the last words of Scripture from the Apostle Paul, written from the subterranean Mamertine Prison (the Tullianum), probably by Luke’s hand (2 Tim. 4:11). The purpose of 2 Timothy is to charge Timothy as a minister to be faithful to the gospel which includes standing firm through persecution. The book also includes some practical instructions to Timothy to come to Paul as soon as possible to bring clothing and books (2 Tim. 4:13). The central purpose of the book is expressed first in 1:6: “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands,” along with repeatedly exhorting Timothy to carry on a faithful ministry after Paul’s death (1:6, 1:13-14, 2:2, 2:14, 2:24, 3:14, 4:2, 4:5).

Timothy is called to stand firm by proclaiming the gospel “in season and out” (4:2) and to be a workman (ergaten, Matt. 9:37, 1 Tim. 5:18) of the Word of God (2:15). Throughout the book Timothy is warned of many pitfalls, such as false teachers, the decline of the hearers, last days madness (3:1), and especially suffering and persecutions. Paul rouses Timothy’s courage in being faithful and sound-minded (1:7). The primary mission is the transmission of the faith to others to perpetuate the Church. Paul had written earlier to Timothy describing the Church as “the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). The heart of the mission is captured in ch. 2:2: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

The mission for Timothy to stay true to the gospel is stated conjointly with another message: endure persecution as a soldier of Jesus. In almost every word of exhortation to Timothy to be faithful to deliver the message, along with that there is a stirring word and call to endure suffering and persecution. For example:

  • For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God. 2 Timothy 1:5–8
  • For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12
  • You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  2 Timothy 1:18–2:4
  • Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:7–10
  •  If we endure, we will also reign with Him; 2 Timothy 2:12
  • But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of go
Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more