Main point summary
Timothy has committed himself to Paul's way of life, including persecutions. He needs to continue his commitment, leaning on the salvation-producing and work-equipping Scripture.
2 Tim 3:10-17
2 Timothy 3:10-17
p You , however, have followed my teaching,
my aim in life,
and sufferings that happened to me q at Antioch, r at Iconium, and s at Lystra—
which persecutions I endured;
yet t from them all u the Lord rescued me.
Indeed, all who desire to v live a godly life in Christ Jesus w will be persecuted,
while x evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse,
and y being deceived.
But as for you , z continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed,
knowing from whom 1 you learned it
and how a from childhood you have been acquainted with b the sacred writings,
c which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
d All Scripture is breathed out by God
and profitable for teaching,
and for training in righteousness,
that e the man of God 1 may be complete,
f equipped g for every good work.
I started a new paragraph in 14a because both 10a and 14a start with the same words: σὺ δὲ.
"Paul uses παρηκολούθησας..., 'followed,' in a double sense here. With some of the datives of association (Robertson) that follow it has the sense of “accompanying” or “being present at” events, e.g., persecutions and sufferings. But primarily, and more profoundly, Paul uses it in the sense of the “following” that takes place “with the mind” and that “understands” and “makes one’s own” that which one follows, as in 1 Tim. 4:6 " (George W. Knight, The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Greek Text , 438–439, emphasis mine). So in my main point summary, I used the word "committed himself" for "followed."
This is an interesting Neg-Pos , because Paul is contrasting people sinning not with people just living righteously but being persecuted for living righteously.
Timothy has committed himself to Paul's way of life, including persecutions.
Timothy must continue his commitment to Paul's way of life, leaning on the salvation-producing and work-equipping Scripture.
This Explanation is an expansion of what "the sacred writings" are and do .
Scripture is powerful both to save and to sanctify .