Main point summary
The Lord will help you understand; that you share in his suffering as an excellent participant, and that you remember the authentic Christ as I suffered and preached for the sake of eternal glory for the elect.
2 Timothy 2:3-13
(You) Share in (my) suffering
Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure],
as c a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
No soldier d gets entangled in civilian pursuits,
No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life;
since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
[he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve.
e An athlete is not f crowned
And if anyone competes as an athlete [in competitive games], he is not crowned [with the wreath of victory]
unless he competes
unless he competes
according to the rules.
according to the rules.
It is g the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
The hard-working farmer [who labors to produce crops] ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
Think over what I say,
Think over the things I am saying [grasp their application],
for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
for the Lord will grant you insight and understanding in everything.
Remember Jesus Christ,
Remember Jesus Christ [the ever-living Lord
h risen from the dead,
who has] risen from the dead,
the i offspring of David,
[as the prophesied King] descended from David [king of Israel],
j as preached in my gospel,
according to my gospel [the good news that I preach],
k for which I am suffering,
for that [gospel] I am suffering
l bound with chains
even to [the point of] wearing chains
as a criminal.
like a criminal;
But m the word of God is not bound!
but the word of God is not chained or imprisoned!
Therefore n I endure everything
For this reason I [am ready to] patiently endure all things
for the sake of the elect,
for the sake of those who are the elect (God’s chosen ones),
that they also may obtain o the salvation that is in Christ Jesus
so that they too may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus
with p eternal glory.
and with it the reward of eternal glory.
The saying is q trustworthy,
This is a faithful and trustworthy saying:
for: r If we have died with him,
If we died with Him,
we will also s live with him;
we will also live with Him;
t if we endure,
If we endure,
we will also reign with him;
we will also reign with Him;
u if we deny him,
If we deny Him,
he also will deny us;
He will also deny us;
v if we are faithless,
If we are faithless,
w he remains faithful—
He remains faithful [true to His word and His righteous character],
for x he cannot deny himself.
for He cannot deny Himself.
A Good Solider of Christ
Do you want to be an active participant, with a purpose in God's kingdom? Paul wasn't looking for a snap decision from his audience, rather he exhorted them to seek understanding from Christ as they thought things over. Specifically, he asked them (and you) to remember these things from the Lord himself: 1. Share in his suffering as an excellent participant (vv3-6) - how well do you show up for Christ? With everything you have to offer? Paul compared this excellence in suffering to three men: A good soldier avoids less worthy pursuits, as his aim is to please his Captain. (David pouring out the water of Bethlehem 2Sam 23:13-17) A good athlete wins by the rules, as he is not crowned unless he follows the rules. (In 1983 Yiannis Kouros, a poor composer from Greece, ran 156 miles from Athens to Sparta in the first Spartathlon; while he was accused of cheating yet his performance stood - 3 hours ahead of everyone else, and Yiannis holds the four fastest record times to this day) "He is the only athlete for whom an accusation of cheating eventually became an honor" A good farmer invests more than his muscles into the crop, and he ought to have a share in the rewards. (" Future Farmers of America” – today known as the National FFA Organization – was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. Today, more than 700,000 student members nationwide are engaged in a range of agricultural education activities. If you're part of FFA, you know that working hard is also about working smart - it's not just about sweat but also about commitment and applying all of yourself to achieve your goals. ) 2. Remember Jesus Christ! Endure if you suffer for preaching the authentic gospel (vv8-10) - are you ready to expect hardship and mocking for the sake of the gospel? v8 - The Jesus we proclaim is authentic - he descended from David and arose from the dead - The entire OT is, in part, the story of how God preserved a people and kept his Davidic covenant of a tender shoot arising from parched ground (Isaiah 53) v9 - Opponents of the gospel may chain men, but they can't chain the word of God! - consider how Paul and Silas were chained and yet the jailor and his family were converted to Christ! (Acts 16:16-40) v10 - Those God calls obtain salvation in Jesus Christ and eternal glory! We might summarize 1 Thessalonians 1 in this way: God chose you and empowered you through the gospel of Jesus, and your joyful reception by the Holy Spirit caused you to turn from useless idols towards the Son, raised from the dead, who delivers you from the wrath to come. 3. Those who die with him and endure will live and reign with him (vv11-13) We can have eternal faith (we can trust his promises) in Christ's ability to save us through his gospel, because: If we die for Jesus, we will live eternally with him - If we endure we will reign If we deny Jesus, he will deny us If we are faithless, Jesus remains and his kingdom will go on without us So, will you be left behind? Out of this wonderful kingdom that God is building because of your faithlessness? Or are you all in - ready to be identified with Christ and suffer for his name? This calling is dangerous and demands all of you - everything that God put inside of you when he made you. For such a time and season as this - God calls you.