The Book of II Timothy
Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 18:25

The Book of 2ND Timothy

Date 68 A.D.

Theme: Be strong in the face of persecution

The (B’s) of 2ND Timothy tell a story:

1.      Be unashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or Paul his prisoner (I Timothy 1:8; 12).

2.      Be Strong (II Timothy 2:1).

3.      Be able to teach others (II Timothy 2:2).

4.      Be a soldier (II Timothy 2:3-4).

5.      Be a student (II Timothy 2:15).

6.      Be a vessel of honour (II Timothy 2:20-21).

7.      Be gentle (II Timothy 2:24-26).

8.      Be perfect (II Timothy 3:16-17).

9.      Be ready to be offered (II Timothy 4:6).

     “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 1:1).

1.      Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ, he was an apostle by the will of God the Father.

2.      Paul was an apostle of the Gentiles (Romans 11:13), for the purpose of preaching the gospel message, which could to those who were obedient offer eternal life.

3.      That life is only in Christ Jesus (John 14:6; I John 5:11-12).

     “To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (II Timothy 1:2).

1.      There was a strong bond between Paul and Timothy. Paul considered Timothy to be his son in the faith. NOWHERE does Timothy call Paul FATHER!

2.      Grace, mercy and peace were a trio of blessing Timothy could be assured of by virtue of his faithful service to Christ.

     “I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day. Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy” (II Timothy 1:3-4).

1.      Paul was taught from his youth to serve God. Being taught at the school of Gamaliel (Acts 22:3), he served God doing that which he thought was right (Acts 23:1), on the road to Damascus he found out how wrong he was (Acts 9:4-6).

a.       Seared conscience (I Timothy 4:2).

b.      Weak conscience (I Corinthians 8:7).

c.       A convicted conscience (John 8:9).

d.      Good conscience (Hebrews 13:18).

2.      Paul constantly prayed with Timothy in mind.

3.      Paul longed to see Timothy, knowing the tears Timothy shed, likely was Paul was arrested and sent to prison in Rome.

4.      Paul longed to see Timothy so that he could be filled with joy, it may be that the last time Paul saw Timothy - was when Timothy was in tears, as Paul; was taken away.

     “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (II Timothy 1:5-6).

1.      The faith Timothy had was without hypocrisy, the same type of faith that existed first in his grandmother (Lois), and his mother (Eunice).  There is no mention here of Timothy’s father, but Luke said he was a Greek (Acts 16:1). Timothy was blessed to have two believing women in his life!

2.      The gift of God Timothy possessed was through the laying on of the apostle Paul’s hands.

a.       Peter and John (Acts 8:14-20).

b.      Paul (Acts 19:1-7).

c.       Paul again (Romans 1:11).

3.      The only other way to receive miraculous gifts through Holy Spirit Baptism. Two recorded cases of Holy Spirit baptism, (a third by implication - II Corinthians 11:5; 12:11), both water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism were together in Acts chapter 2, and again in Acts chapter 10. But by the time you reach Ephesians 4:5, one of them is no longer available. What is the one baptism of Ephesians 4:5? Apply the rule of never and always:

a.       Holy Spirit baptism was never for:

                                                               i.      Never for the remission of sins.

                                                             ii.      Never in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

                                                            iii.      Never commanded.

                                                           iv.      Never used to get into Christ.

b.      Water baptism was always for:

                                                               i.      Always for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

                                                             ii.      Always in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

                                                            iii.      Always commanded (Acts 10:48).

                                                           iv.      Always used to get into Christ (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:26-29).

     “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. But now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Timothy 1:7-10).

1.      God does not want us to fear, fear hath torment, but perfect love casteth out fear (I John 4:18).

2.      Do not fear what man can do to you (Matthew 10:28), don’t be a coward, never be ashamed of the teaching of Christ, nor of Paul who was a prisoner in Rome because of his stand for the truth.

a.       I wonder how many in Paul’s day said, “If he would learn to keep his mouth shut, he wouldn’t be in trouble?”. It’s always those who stand up and are counted that are the trouble makers. Never those who try to shove something down your throat, like it or not

3.      Will there be afflictions? Yes! Paul urged Timothy to be a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel. Brethren, if you share the afflictions of the gospel, you will be in good company.

4.      God has saved us through the gospel (Romans 1:16-17), and called us with a holy calling (a mission if you please), not because of our own works, but according to his own purpose and grace.

5.      This purpose was in the mind of God before time began, Jesus Christ brought the purpose of God to life through his death. The church that was always in God’s eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:10-11), became a reality, not by brick and mortar, but by blood and sacrifice.

6.      Now? The purpose was made visible by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished the power of death (Satan’s last hold on us - Hebrews 2:14), and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

7.      The power of the word which can never be destroyed (I Peter 1:23; 25).

“Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle and a teacher of the Gentiles. For which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (II Timothy 1:10-12).

1.      A preacher of the gospel, an apostle chosen by Jesus Christ and God the Father (I Timothy 1:1), a teacher of the Gentiles. How is that for a resume? How many would welcome this unflinching defender of the faith into their midst?

2.      Through his suffering he was never ashamed of what he believed and taught.

3.      Paul knew exactly what he believed, and was confident that his soul was in good care, in that day when all men will be gathered together, Paul was absolutely confident in his faithful service to Christ.

     “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us” (II Timothy 1:13-14).

1.      Hold fast to sound doctrine (healthy, safe, whole). Sound doctrine is right in this book, hold onto it!

2.      Paul taught Timothy so much, and what he taught Timothy was sound doctrine. The one faith and the love that was in Christ Jesus.

3.      The Holy Spirit dwell in each of us, as does the Father (I John 4:15), the Son (Colossians 1:27), and the Holy Spirit. I mention that only because of the confusion on this subject.

     “This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refresh me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well” (II Timothy 1:15-18).

1.      Christians turning their backs on the apostle Paul? Yes! Phygellus, and Hermogenes seemed to lead the departure. All we know about them is here. How sad, for all eternity men will read their names and their shame of Paul’s chain.

2.      Onesiphorus, on the other hand went out of his way to care for Paul, in both Ephesus, likely where he lived, and while Paul was in Rome imprisoned there.

Questions for II Timothy Chapter One

1.      In what terns does the apostle Paul speak of Timothy? ____________________________

2.      What was Timothy doing the last time Paul saw him? ____________________________

3.      Name the grandmother and mother of Timothy _________________________________

4.      How did Timothy receive miraculous gifts? ____________________________________

5.      What was Timothy not to ashamed of? ________________________________________

6.      What was God’s purpose? __________________________________________________

7.      What did Jesus bring to light? _______________________________________________

a.       How did he bring it to light? __________________________________________

8.      In verse 11, what three things does Paul say that he is? _______________________________________________________________________

9.      What was Timothy to hold fast to? ___________________________________________

10.  Who turned away from Paul? _______________________________________________

11.  What were their leader’s names? _____________________________________________

12.  Who did Paul praise for being there for him? ___________________________________


Thought Questions

1.      What is the general theme of chapter one?


2.      What is Paul preparing Timothy for?



3.      Paul tells Timothy to be unashamed – Of what?

a.       Were people feeling ashamed of the gospel of Christ in the first century?

b.      Do you think people are ashamed today?



II Timothy Chapter Two

     “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:1-2).

1.      Grace is one the things mentioned in II Peter 1:2, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord”. Grace comes along with knowledge II Peter 3:18. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…”

2.      Knowledge is meant to be shared.  The great truths of the gospel Timothy learned from Paul, the Same (not something different, not something close) the same commit to faithful men, men who can be trusted with this priceless treasure (II Corinthians 4:7). Men who know and are able to communicate the gospel of Christ to others also.

     “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that we may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (II Timothy 2:3-4).

1.       It takes a type of toughness to be a Christian. The attacks because of your faith, and a willingness to stand up for it will come upon each of us. Why? There is a pitch battle raging in this world for the souls of men. Every Christian is in the midst of that battle, and we need to be good soldiers.

2.      Involved in this war, good soldiers do not want to be entangled with the affairs of this life. Remember, we are just passing through!

3.      Our call to the battle comes from the Lord Jesus Christ, being a soldier is a privilege, our weapon is mighty (II Corinthians 10:3-5), put on the whole armour that we can stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-18).

     “And if a man also strife for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strife lawfully. (“And if also a man contend in the games, is not crowned, except he have contented lawfully” – A.S.V.) The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” (II Timothy 2:5-7).

1.      Only the faithful will receive the reward. The law of Christ is our code of conduct, follow the law (rules), the enemy has no code of conduct.

2.      The natural law of planting and reaping, the planter gets the first fruits of his labour.

3.      Whether a soldier trained for battle, a contestant in the games, or the labour of the farmer, none of those things are easy – but the crown of righteousness that awaits the faithful makes them all feel less demanding. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

     “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he will also deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself” (II Timothy 2:8-13).

1.      Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David. Christ the King would come to mind, and rightly so (II Samuel 7:13-14; Psalms 132:11; Luke 1:30-33). Moreover, the fact that Jesus took a bodily form (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:6-9), to die for us (Hebrews 2:9).

2.      Death could not hold him, Jesus came froth triumphant over death. We sing a song “He arose, he arose” can’t remember the rest. Jesus is the first born, first begotten, the first fruits of them that slept (I Corinthians 15:20; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5).

3.      Paul suffered for teaching the resurrection from the dead from among his own countrymen. Certainly the Sadducee were disbelievers, the Pharisees believed, it’s hard to tell where the other Jews fell between the two. Regardless, the word of God taught the truth, and it could not be bound.

4.      Paul endured what came his way that others might be saved through the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16).

5.      United with Christ when we were baptized into him, we died to the world that we might live with him.

6.      Suffering for the cause of Christ is a part of faithful service (II Timothy 3:12).

7.      If we deny him, he shall deny us, Christ will be faithful to himself and his teaching. All who oppose the teaching of our Lord will suffer the consequences.

     Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:14-15).

1.      Put the brethren in remembrance of these things, repetition is the greatest teacher. Charge them before the Lord that they do not strive about words to no profit. It is entirely possible that Paul is speaking of Judaizer’s who disputed about the Law of Moses (Acts 15:1-5).

a.       But over the years how many have argued over baptism, the Lord’s church, worship Not only do these arguments have no use, they effect negatively those who hear them.

2.      Be a student, to show yourselves approved before God, not being a student brings shame. Rightly dividing the truth bring unity, peace and security!

     “But shun profane (the opposite of spiritual) and vain (empty, meaningless) babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker (gangrene – A.S.V.): of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus: Who concerning the truth have erred, saying the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some” (II Timothy 2:17-18).

1.      Esau was a profane man (Hebrews 12:16), willing to sell, his birthright for a bowl of soup.

2.      Empty and ungodly babblings (scraps picked up here or there – a person who only knows enough to be dangerous) have no place in our conversations. Hymenaeus and Philetus knew about the resurrection but what they knew was not based in facts.

a.       The resurrection would be on the last day (John 11:24).

b.      The resurrection would include all men, both good and evil (John 5:28-29).

c.       Their babblings caused some to loss their faith (so sad).

     “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (II Timothy 2:19).

1.      Men may depart from the faith and lead others with them, but the foundation of God standeth steady. Men may change, God never does.

2.      The Lord knoweth those who are his. How? They know his voice and follow him (John 10:4-5).

3.      Naming the name of Christ implies following all his commandments. In fact, Jesus said don’t call me your Lord and not do the things which I say (Luke6:46).

4.      Christians cannot live sin free (I John 1:8-10), but they must never serve sin (Romans 6:16-18).

     “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (II Timothy 2:20-22).

1.      The great house is the church (I Timothy 3:15). In the church there are vessels of gold and silver, precious things. There is also vessels of wood and earth, common and mundane things.

2.      If we purge ourselves from iniquity, from being wood and earth. We can be vessels of honour. Then what? We will be meet for the Master’s use, prepared for every good work.

     “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes” (II Timothy 2:22-23).

1.      There are things that accompany youth. The passions that come with wanted to experience all that life has to offer. Passions that might have to wait until the right time we are to flee from.

2.      There are other things that are right and good: Doing right, building your faith, love and peace with those who are your brothers and sisters.

3.      There are foolish and unlearned questions. People who question for the sake of a question, but seek no real answers to learn from.

     “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instruct those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (II Timothy 2:24-26).

1.      Words that every soul winner needs to hear. Not argumentative, but gentle, ready to teach, be patient, be meek with those folks who are headed in the wrong direction, the word of God is powerful (I Peter 1:23; James 1:21).

2.      The devil has them at the moment, yet recovery from the devil’s snare is possible.

3.      The word of God is more powerful than the snare of the devil, use it right!


Questions for 2ND Timothy Chapter Two

1.      What was Timothy to teach? ____________________________________________

2.      Who was Timothy to commit these great truths to? __________________________

3.      Who calls us to be soldiers? _____________________________________________

4.      Can a Christian be a conscientious objector? ________________________________

5.      What did Paul want Timothy to remember? _________________________________

6.      What is a faithful saying? ________________________________________________

7.      Why is it important to be a student? _________________________________________

8.      What were Hymenaeus and Philetus guilty of? ________________________________

a.       Is this the first time Hymenaeus has been warned? ________

9.      What is this great house? _________________________________________________

10.  What two types of vessels are in this great house? _____________________________

11.                       What are we to avoid? ____________________________________________________

Fill in the blank

“Thou therefore, my son, _____ __________ in the ___________ that is in __________ _______________”

“And that they may ___________ themselves out of the _________  ___ ____ ________, who are taken ________________ by him at his will”

Thought questions

     The close relationship between Paul and Timothy, an older Christian encouraging and instructing a younger Christian is so beneficial. Without suggesting that preaching schools are not important. Do we (congregations) need to do more to train the next generation of preachers?


     How many B’s are there in chapter two? What is the apostle Paul teaching us to BE?


II Timothy Chapter Three

     “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (II Timothy 3:1-5).

1.      This know also, in addition to trying to free souls from the devil’s snare.

2.      In the last days, the Christian dispensation, Acts 2:17; Hebrews 1:1-2), perilous times will come:

a.       Solomon wrote in Proverbs 30 “there is a generation”

                                                                                       i.      Ungrateful to parents (vs.11).

                                                                                     ii.      In sin (vs 12).

                                                                                    iii.      Vain (vs. 130.

                                                                                   iv.      Greedy (vs. 14).

3.      Paul adds to the list:

a.       Lovers of self. Self-centered (Luke 18:10-14).

b.      Covetous – greedy.

c.       Boasters – “I, I, I.”

d.      Proud –“Haughty – A.S.V.”  Folks who look down at others.

e.       Blasphemers, “railers A.S.V.” speaking evil of God or scared things.

f.        Disobedient to parents – if you disobey (disrespect) your parents, who will you obey, who will you respect? It starts at home folks.

g.       Unthankful, Those who are unthankful, receive, receive and receive, but never are they thankful, because they have the mind-set, “I deserve it”!

h.       Unholy, God has no place in their lives.

i.         Without natural affection, even in the animal world there is natural affection between parent and offspring. A person without natural affection, is in my mind worse than an animal.

j.        Trucebreakers, how trustworthy is their word? No trust at all. We can give our love, but trust is earned.

k.      False accusers, “slanderers- A.S.V.” Those who are engages in such are out to ruin the good name of another.

l.         Incontinent (Without self-control – A.S.V.). “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (Proverbs 25:28).

m.     Fierce, A person who is fierce all the time has few (if any) friends, and lots of enemies. Fierce is a term we use for wild animals; Lions are Fierce, Grizzly bears are fierce.

n.       Despisers of those who are good. Evil people have no good thing to say toward those who are good. So…if evil people are mean to you, be glad, not sad.

o.      Traitors, traitors are despised in every walk of life. In the military, traitors are executed in the field, before they get a lawyer.

p.      Heady, “headstrong A.S.V.” Stubborn people are set in their own ways, and do not want to be confused with facts.

q.      Highminded, “puffed up” A.S.V.) conceited.

r.        Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, some people are driven by pleasure. No matter how fleeting or even legal. God will always take second place unless they break free.

s.       Having a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof. Those who have those personal attributes may claim to serve God, but it is not genuine, they deny the power of the gospel to change their lives.

t.        From such turn away. Do not allow their conduct to influence others.

     “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers (various) lusts. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men or corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. (II Timothy 3:6-9). 

1.      These men would come into Christian houses with an altered motive, he would take captive silly women, winning them to his side. The he would lead them down the path he wanted them to follow.

2.      One can study and never come to the truth, if they reject the authority of Christ to rule their lives.

3.      Jannes and Jambres who withstood Moses. Their names do not appear elsewhere in the scriptures, leaving some to believe that they were the magician’s or wise men of Pharaoh who withstood Moses with their sleight of hand (Exodus 7:11).

4.      These individuals were like them inasmuch as they resisted the truth.

5.      Men of corrupt minds, reprobate (not standing the test) concerning the faith.

6.      Paul naming these men who were of corrupt minds, destitute of the truth, driven by the lust of the flesh. The time of Jannes and Jambres to deceive had come to a close, all would know their character.

     “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience. Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; which persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (II Timothy 3:10-13).

1.      Timothy knew the apostle Paul as well as anyone. Timothy knew the doctrine Paul preached, and the manner of life he led.

2.      Purpose, to preach the glorious gospel of Christ here, and to be with his Lord later.

3.      Faith, longsuffering, love and patience.

a.       Faith, Paul knew who he believed, and was not the least bit ashamed (II Timothy 1:12).

b.      Longsuffering, a vivid demonstration is in the prayer of Paul for the very countrymen who were bent on killing him (Romans 10:1-3).

c.       Love, Paul was the writer of the love chapter (I Corinthians 13:1-7).

d.      Patience, the Bible teaches that patience is a virtue (II Peter 1:6), Paul had learned that virtue.

4.      Persecutions and sufferings, at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra.

a.       Antioch –it was in Antioch that Paul preached his first recorded sermon (Acts 13:14-41). The Gentiles (converts to Judaism) were very interested, and invited Paul to return the next Sabbath day. The next Sabbath day almost the whole city turned out to hear Paul, and when the Jews saw it they were filled with envy and spoke out against Paul and Barnabas. They shook the dust of their feet and went to Iconium (Acts 13:45:52).

b.      In Iconium, the Jews from Antioch came to stone Paul, and in fact they did (Acts 14:19). However, their stoning did not have the desired effect (Acts 14:20; e,See II Corinthians 12:2-5).

5.      But through them all (the trials and tribulation) the Lord delivered me.

6.      Persecution is a reality for all who live godly in Jesus Christ.

7.      Evil men and seducers will only get worse. Once someone gets on the devil’s train there is no stopping place. They deceive and are deceived.

     “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hath been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned from. And from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 3:14-15).

1.      Paul was Timothy inspired teacher, as such, Timothy could have complete confidence in the teaching he had received.

2.      The background for Timothy’s spiritual ground began from an early age. In his own home, mom and grandma taught Timothy well. His learning at home would have been the Old Testament scriptures, which taught about Christ as the Messiah. Strange that Lois and Eunice saw with greater clarity than did the Pharisees and the Sadducee.

     “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

1.      All scripture, every scripture is inspired by God, if the translation is faithful to the text every word comes from God. The inspiration of God gives our soul (spirit) understanding (Job 32:8).

2.      It is profitable doctrine, what we believe, what we teach comes from the scriptures.

3.      For reproof, every once in a while we all need a ruler on the knuckles, get with the program.

4.      For correction, The Bible is our sole standard, if we err from the truth we one to give us correction.

5.      Instruction in righteousness, all should want to live righteously, and the Bible tells us to live the right kind of life.

6.      That the man of God may be perfect. Perfect in the sense of being mature, full grown Meat eaters (Hebrews 5:12-14).

7.      Works are necessary to please God, and those works are expected (Luke 13:6-9). In Luke 17:7-10 the text speaks of the necessity of works, and the fact that were are not saved by works.


Question for 2ND Timothy Chapter Three


1.      What are the last days? __________________________________________________

2.      Is the warning for perilous times for every generation? _________________________

3.      How many characteristic are listed for our learning? ___________________________

4.      Are these types of folks religious? __________________________________________

5.      Are we to accept them among us? ___________________________________________

6.      What value was intended when Paul named Jannes and Jambres? _________________

a.       Are we to name false teachers? ______________________________________

7.      What did Timothy fully know about the apostle Paul? __________________________

8.      Who will suffer persecution? ______________________________________________

9.      What becomes of evil men and seducers (impostors A.S.V.)? _____________________

10.  Who taught Timothy in his youth? __________________________________________

a.       What was Timothy taught from? ______________________________________

b.      Was the Old Testament scriptures able to make Timothy wise unto salvation?_

11.  How much of the word of God is inspired? ____________________________________

12.  What is profitable about the scriptures? ________________________________________

13.  How can you be ever learning and never come to the truth? ________________________

Thought Questions

How important are the versions of the Bible we use? _________________________________

Should perilous times change us? _________________________________________________


II Timothy Chapter Four

     “I change thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick (living A.S.V.) and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (II Timothy 4:1-2).

1.      A solemn charge before God the Father, and God the Son. When Jesus comes it will be to judge the living and the dead.

2.      When Jesus appears the church will rejoice (I Thessalonians 4:18), for we will meet him in the air.

3.      Preach the word, preach the word no matter how it is received. For those who complain loudly against negative preaching. Paul instructs Timothy, to reprove, rebuke, and exhort. Two of those are negative, one positive.

a.       Reprove, those in error are to be reproved with the hopes of restoring them to the fold.

b.      Rebuke, stronger than reprove. Paul withstood Peter to his face (Galatians 2:11-13). Notice, Peter did not harbor ill feeling toward Paul for the rebuke, he would later speak of “our beloved brother Paul” (II Peter 3:15).

c.       Exhort, be an encourager to those around you. Those ready to walk away, give them encouragement.

d.      With all longsuffering and doctrine. As was pointed out earlier, patience is a virtue, and preachers need patience, talk gently but give them the book!

     “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:3-4).

1.      The clamor for some new thing did not stop on Mars Hill (Acts 17:21).  There are always those ready to follow the bright and shiny.

2.      Even if it means leaving the truth.

3.      Fables, fiction.

     “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (II Timothy 4:5).

1.      Be careful for your own sake and the sake of others.

2.      Endure hardships, preaching faithful the word will bring unwanted attention to be sure.

3.      The work of an evangelist, is to live and preach the gospel of Christ. It is a noble calling, and we need to encourage our young men to become preachers. While we encourage them lets be sure to tell them of the blessings, and the trials they face.

4.      Fulfill thy ministry, preach with passion and zeal, be a guardian of truth, the word carries the power, just preach it.

     “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (II Timothy 4:6-8).

1.      Be ready, Paul certainly was. Being a martyr for the cause of Christ did not greatly disturb the apostle Paul, the words of Philippians 1:21 speak volumes “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain”.

2.      Paul had fought the good fight of faith, and now he is taking hold on eternal life (I Timothy 6:12). The books of 1ST and 2ND Timothy were preparing Timothy to carry on with the work. The changing of the guard happens every generation.

3.      Paul had kept the faith, there was no give in him when it came to truth, I hope that these words could apply to each of us.

4.      A crown of righteousness awaited Paul, when Jesus the judge appears, a crown each of us can wear. If we love his appearing!

     “Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Damascus. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. “And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.” (II Timothy 4:9-12).

1.      Paul wanted Timothy to come to him quickly. He wanted to see his beloved Timothy before his time was up.

2.      Demas, hath forsaken me, having loved this present world. This is the third time Demas is mentioned, in the first two as a fellow labourer (Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:24). Did Demas life to long??? Was the spiritual life being choked out of him all along (Luke 8:14)? What is certain is that Demas went back into the world (II Peter 2:20-22), such an ugly end.

3.      Crescens and Titus and Tychicus were in the mission field. Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Damascus. And Tychicus to Ephesus.

4.      Only Luke the beloved Physician was with Paul (Colossians 4:14). Luke the writer of the book of Luke (Luke 1:3), and the book of Acts (Acts 1:1), is not mentions by name in either book. We learn that he joined the apostle Paul during the second missionary journey (Acts 16:10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16). Follow the “we” and “us”.

5.      John Mark, went with Paul and Barnabas during the first missionary journey, but when they arrived at Perga, John went home. We are not told why, but for whatever reason Paul did not Mark with them on the second missionary journey. And there arose a dispute between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-37). John Mark was Barnabas’s nephew (Colossians 4:10).

6.      Mark could have become discouraged and quit, but he did not, and the reason for Paul not wanting him is far past. Bring Mark, he is profitable to me!!!

     “The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments” (II Timothy 4:13).

1.      Paul apparently in passing through Troas left his cloke with Carpus. Winter is coming on and in a cold damp prison the cloke would be a blessing.

2.      Bring the books, especially the parchments. Parchments were made from treated skins, what books or what was on the parchment we are not told. Every preacher loves his books. I have been sharing mine with the next generation.

     “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words” (II Timothy 4:14-15).

1.      Alexander, was the first partner of Hymenaeus (I Timothy 1:20).

2.      What evil he did to Paul is unknown, for there are several Alexanders mention in Paul journeys.

3.      However we can be certain that he tried to withstand the word of God. 

     “At my first (defense A.S.V.) answered no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood be me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. A-men” (II Timothy 4:16-18).

1.      At Paul first defense no one stood by me. Paul answered the charges alone. Paul was not the only Christian in Rome, but to openly defend Paul was dangerous. Therefore, none did!

2.      Paul is speaking about those who were afraid to stand with him. Paul hopes in this time of weakness, God would not hold them accountable.

3.      One never has to wonder where Christ stands. “…I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

4.      Jesus had a mission for the apostle Paul, and that mission would require suffering. “But the Lord said unto him, go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:15-16).

5.      No man could have delivered that message with more love and zeal than did the apostle Paul. The whole world is blessed by his work for the Lord Jesus! That certainly includes us at Vale Road.

6.      Jesus rescued Paul out of so many dangers. In Acts 27:21-44, 276 souls were saved because God told Paul he would not perish, and that he would save those with him.

7.      The paradise of God (Revelation 2:7; 22:2; 14), that heavenly home is where Paul’s sights were set. Paul knew he was headed there when Jesus came, glory be to God for ever and forever.

     “Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. A-men” (II Timothy 4:19-22).

1.      The closing salutations. Prisca and Aquila were among Paul’s first close friends (Acts 18:2-3). Erastus and Timothy were sent by Paul into Macedonia (Acts 19:22). Erastus is also mentioned in the closing salutations of the book of Romans (Romans 16:23).

2.      Trophimus, Paul left sick at Miletum, This is a strong indication that the miraculous period was coming to a close. See Micah 7:15.

3.      Come before winter, Paul very much needed his cloke.

4.      Eubulus greeteth thee, Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia and all the brethren.

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Questions for 2ND Timothy Chapter Four

1.      What did Paul charge Timothy with before God and the Lord Jesus Christ? __________

2.      What time was coming? ________________________________________________

3.      What would some Christians turn to? ______________________________________

4.      What was Paul ready “To Be”? ___________________________________________

5.      What three things had Paul accomplished? ___________________________________

6.      What was laid up for him? _________________________________________________

7.      Who else would receive that which was laid up for Paul? _________________________

8.      What was Demas guilty of? _________________________________________________

9.      Where had Demas gone? ___________________________________________________

10.  Three missionaries were sent to different places:

a.       Where was Crescens sent? ________________________________________

b.      Where was Titus sent? ____________________________________________

c.       Where was Tychicus sent? _________________________________________

11.  Who was left with the apostle Paul? ________________________________________

12.  What three things did Paul want Timothy to bring before winter? ________________

13.  Is this the first time that Alexander is mentioned in the epistles to Timothy? _____

14.  Who was Alexander associated with? _______________________________________

15.  When Paul was first charged who stood with him? _____________________________

16.  Who did Paul leave at Miletum? ___________________________________________

Thought question

What is the most important work of an evangelist?