Stand true
B1 Paul reminds Timothy of the prophecies given when he was ordained.
C1 Timothy had a good reputation: Acts 16:2 NIV The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
C2 The prophecies made by the prophets/prophetesses are a source of motivation for Timothy to persevere.
C3 Spiritual warfare to continue in the faith. The prophecies we have are motives to practice the faith and to witness.
B2 One of Timothy’s ministries is to wage warfare. This
C1 Is not physical as in using the sword.
C2 Is spiritual by thinking, living, preaching as a Christian
C3 There are two paths.
D1 One leads to life. One leads to destruction (not annihilation). Matthew 7:13-14 NIV Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
D2 One is based on God’s ways namely truth, wisdom, love, and holiness. This way does not lead to destruction.
D3 The other is based on any other way, namely truth or lies (depending on the circumstances), foolishness, selfishness, and disregard for God’s rules.
B3 Keeping faith is being faithful to what he has been taught by Paul and others.
C1 This is based on reading and studying the Bible in its plain, normal sense. Otherwise, it is one person’s opinion or other’s.
C2 We have been taught by Jesus and those who Jesus trained. These ways and teachings are already known. They have sometimes been written in a condensed form as a confession or creed.
B4 A blunted conscious is possible by ignoring or diminishing these teachings.
B5 Paul mentions 2 teachers who have sinned against God—Hymenaeus and Alexander. These 2
C1 Blasphemed God
D1 Taking His name in vain
D2 Lying about His character and His character traits
D3 Teaching lies, which are things not found in the teaching of Jesus Christ or His apostles.
C2 Disregarded the faith. They had THE faith but changed it into some other faith.
C3 Did not maintain a good conscience.
B6 Three things we all must do: fight spiritual warfare, hold tightly to the teaching of the New Testament, and keep a good conscience (the opposite of guilt).
C1 Truth
D1 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
D2 Adam Clarke writes: Reasonings or opinions. The Greek philosophers valued themselves especially on their ethic systems, in which their reasonings appeared to be very profound and conclusive; but they were obliged to assume principles which were either such as did not exist, or were false in themselves, as the whole of their mythologic system most evidently was: truly, from what remains of them we see that their metaphysics were generally bombast; and as to their philosophy, it was in general good for nothing.
C2 Life. How we live consistently with the rules of the New Testament (the rules of Jesus).
Applications
B1 Teach our children
B2 Remember what we are taught
B3 Be aware that there are false teachers. Some may not reveal themselves until after they have taught truth and have the trust of the congregation.
B4 We need to study the truth first then do apologetics.
B5 God will hold teachers responsible if they teach error.
B6 God wants people saved. So, we need to preach and live the Gospel.
B7 Be thankful for God’s love and mercy. We are not to take those things for granted.
B8 It is OK to name names.
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