2 Timothy 2:1–7

 |  September 5, 2018

Paul’s instructions here contrast Phygellus and Hermogenes.  Instead, Paul is encouraging Timothy to be like Onesiphorus (and Paul 1:12).  The phrase, “YOU, therefore” is emphatic.

This passage contains 4 imperatives, with the last one in vs. 7 (“Consider”) being reflective of everything that has been said to that point.

Accompanying the remaining 3 commands are 3 illustrations.

The Commands: be strong; commit; endure

The Illustrations: a soldier (3–4), an athlete (5), and a farmer (6)

2 Tim. 2:1 might well follow 1:7.  There, he reminded Timothy that God has given him power.  Now, because we have power , God has given us the ability to stand strong

Here, the economy of the Gospel is depicted.  We see:

  1. The Effort at Finding Those to Entrust
  2. The Responsibility TO those who have been Entrusted

Therefore, Paul’s instructions are to “Endure!”  Timothy is being admonished, like Paul (1:12) to endure whatever hardships may come.

Note the specific ATTRIBUTES that Paul extolled

Next, note the MOTIVATION of those Paul extolled

You might title this sermon: Be Strong!

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