Lay a Solid Foundation

I. The emphasis of this passage is on how to “remember.”

A. The command is to “put them in remembrance.” (2 Timothy 2:14)

1. The “them” is the elect of verse 10 – those who hear the word.

2. The “these things” are summarized in the “faithful saying.”

a. Die with Him: Live with Him.
b. Suffer (with/for) Him: reign (with/by) Him.
c. Deny Him: He denies you.
d. Unbelief does not change God’s own faithfulness to His word.

3. The apostle Peter amplifies the need to “remember.”

a. 2 Peter 1:12 -- Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
b. 2 Peter 1:13 --Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
c. 2 Peter 1:15 -- Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

B. The command (“charging”) emphasizes the necessity to avoid “word quarrels.”

1. There is positive affirmation of this in other passages.

a. Ephesians 4:29 -- Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
b. 1 Timothy 6:3 -- . . . wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
c. 1 Corinthians 1:10 -- . . . speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

2. There is also clarity on the negative side – what to avoid.

a. 1 Timothy 1:4 -- . . . Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies
1) 1 Timothy 4:7 -- But refuse profane and old wives’ fables.
2) 2 Timothy 4:4 -- turn…from the truth…turned unto fables.
3) Titus 1:14 -- Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
4) 2 Peter 1:16 -- For we have not followed cunningly devised fables
b. 2 Timothy 2:23 -- But foolish and unlearned questions avoid.
c. Titus 3:9 -- But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law;

3. There are clear reasons why these “word-fights” are to be avoided.

a. 1 Timothy 1:4 --. . . which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith
b. 2 Timothy 2:23 -- knowing that they do gender strifes
c. Titus 3:9 -- for they are unprofitable and vain.
d. James 3:14-16 -- This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

4. There are observable traits of those who love “word fights.”(1 Timothy 6:4-5)

a. He is “proud” – covered with smoke
b. He “knows nothing” – takes no stand on anything himself
c. He “dotes” on these questions – He is a “questionaholic”

5. There are observable results of these “word fights.”

a. It brings ill-will towards others; wrangling; bickering
b. It genders “railing” – defame or dishonor others
c. It encourages private plots to hurt
d. It produces an incessant meddlesomeness
e. It ends up rotting the intellect and robbing truth
f. It equates personal gain with godliness

II. The way to remember truth is to “study to show yourself approved.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

A. The first requirement is to “give diligence” for God’s approval.

1. 2 Peter 1:5-9 – And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge [then] temperance [then] patience [then] godliness [then] brotherly kindness [then] charity.

2. 2 Peter 1:10 --For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

B. The next requirement is to “display yourself” as approved by God.

1. Romans 12:1-2 -- I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2. Romans 6:13 -- Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

3. Romans 6:19 -- even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

C. The key is to “rightly divide” the Scriptures.

1. The Greek word is orthotomeo – only used this one time.

2. The word has several shades of meaning.

a. To cut straight, to cut straight ways
b. To proceed on straight paths, hold a straight course, equiv. to doing right
c. To make straight and smooth, to handle aright, to teach the truth directly and correctly

3. The Bible has two main passages that emphasize the WAY to “divide.”

a. Isaiah 28:9-10 -- Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
1) Find the major pieces first
2) Find the supporting elements next
3) Find the pieces throughout the text
b. Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 --And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
1) Pay attention to the words (meanings, context)
2) Penetrate (research) the teaching (text first; then books)
3) Organize the information for teaching purposes

III. The earlier warning is repeated with a different emphasis (2 Timothy 2:16-18).

A. The error to avoid is different than “word quarrels.”

1. Word quarrels are “picky” debates started by quarrelsome people.

a. They are useless and divisive,
b. They create fights and fractions.

2. Profane and vain babblings are “worldly” and “valueless” noise.

a. They are less obvious and more subtle “sounds”
b. They have the effect of destroying godliness.
c. 1 Timothy 4:7 -- But refuse profane [easily accessible] and old wives’ fables [myths; stories made up to explain the unknown], and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
d. 1 Timothy 4:8 -- godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

3. 1 Timothy 6:20-21 -- O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: which some professing have erred concerning the faith.

a. “Oppositions” – antithesis = the conflict; the “anti stand”; the “opposite”
b. “Pseudo knowledge” – sounds like knowledge but is NOT true.

B. The results of not avoiding the “babblings” are not good.

1. Ungodliness will increase.

2. Error will eat away at spiritual health and truth like gangrene.

a. Hymenaeus and Pyletus are listed as examples.
b. They taught the resurrection had already occurred (for the saints).

3. Some will have their faith overturned.

a. 1 Timothy 1:19 – shipwrecked
b. 1 Timothy 6:21 – erred (wrong target) in their faith
c. 1 Timothy 1:3-7 – turned aside to random talk.

IV. The “Foundation of God” is sound and sure (2 Timothy 2:19).

A. There is the foundation of God Himself.

1. Deuteronomy 32:4 -- He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

2. Isaiah 45:5 -- I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

3. Malachi 3:6 -- For I am the LORD, I change not

4. James 1:17 -- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

B. There is the foundation of God’s sovereignty.

1. Isaiah 40:8 -- The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

2. Isaiah 46:10 -- Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

3. Ephesians 1:5 -- Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

4. Ephesians 1:11 -- In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

5. Revelation 4:11 -- Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

C. There is the foundation of God’s holiness displayed in His people.

1. John 10:27-28 -- My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

2. 2 Peter 1:3-4 --  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

3. 1 John 3:6-9 --Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

4. 1 John 5:3-4 -- For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Series: 
Endure
Lesson: 
#6
Book: 
2 Timothy
Verses: 
2:14-19

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