2 Timothy 3:10-17
All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God 10 p You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions 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. 12 Indeed, all who desire to v live a godly life in Christ Jesus w will be persecuted, 13 while x evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and y being deceived. 14 But as for you, z continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom 1 you learned it 15 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. 16 d All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that e the man of God 1 may be complete, f equipped g for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:10-17
10 Σὺ δὲ ^ παρηκολούθησάς μου τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ, τῇ ἀγωγῇ, τῇ προθέσει, τῇ πίστει, τῇ μακροθυμίᾳ, τῇ ἀγάπῃ, τῇ ὑπομονῇ, 11 τοῖς διωγμοῖς, τοῖς παθήμασιν, οἷά μοι ἐγένετο ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ, ἐν Ἰκονίῳ, ἐν Λύστροις, οἵους διωγμοὺς ὑπήνεγκα· καὶ ἐκ πάντων με ἐρρύσατο ὁ κύριος. 12 καὶ πάντες δὲ οἱ θέλοντες // ζῆν εὐσεβῶς \\ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ διωχθήσονται· 13 πονηροὶ δὲ ἄνθρωποι καὶ γόητες προκόψουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ χεῖρον, πλανῶντες καὶ πλανώμενοι. 14 σὺ δὲ μένε ἐν οἷς ἔμαθες καὶ ἐπιστώθης, εἰδὼς παρὰ ^ τίνων ἔμαθες, 15 καὶ ὅτι ἀπὸ βρέφους ^ ἱερὰ γράμματα οἶδας, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ· 16 πᾶσα γραφὴ θεόπνευστος καὶ ὠφέλιμος πρὸς διδασκαλίαν, πρὸς ^ ἐλεγμόν, πρὸς ἐπανόρθωσιν, πρὸς παιδείαν τὴν ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ, 17 ἵνα ἄρτιος ᾖ ὁ τοῦ θεοῦ ἄνθρωπος, πρὸς πᾶν ἔργον ἀγαθὸν ἐξηρτισμένος.
God supplies the power for the Christian life Intro : Where does this 'power' come from? God. He enables us to endure all the seasons he brings us into. And by his word he equips us for everything. 1. Living a godly life in Jesus means a life of hardships, but also a life of power to endure them (v10-13) Such a contrast to the self love of the previous passage, is Paul's willing self-loss and self-giving. The 'power' of God shown in v10-11. Enabling Paul to endure them all, and bringing him through hard seasons. 'Aim in life' - i.e., resolve. Putting hand to plough and not looking back. v12 Testing, trial, suffering and loss are the normal path, that's the point of 3.12; 'white' martyrdom and 'red' martyrdom. You can't have the latter without the small daily acts of the former. They are the same substance; death to self. In contrast, ' impostors/deceivers' in v13 - cf 3.1-9; the 'fake Christians' with an appearance of godliness, but denying its power. They will 'go 'on', will make progress. Same word as v9. They'll progress - but from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2. Keep going in the Scriptures, which will equip you for everything (v14-17) But you in contrast! What you have learned and been proved faithful.... from childhood/being a baby The OT makes us 'wise for salvation in Christ Jesus'. All one story; what is latent is now patent, implicit now explicit, concealed now revealed, etc. What God-breathed means It is all God-breathed and profitable; we aren't to cherry-pick our favourite bits. We need the full diet, balanced and precise. Not just is the Bible true, but is it useful/profitable. Do we actually use it. The core difference. Cf ministry philosophy and where confidence comes from in Christian life and ministry. 'paideia' in righteousness. Significance of this phrase. that the man of God may be fully qualified, complete/equipped for every good work (2.21 link back to every good work). What this means in practice, in real-world, real-time. Should we just only ever read the Bible? Will reading the Bible equip us to do brain surgery? God's glory . His word is true; he's made us wise for salvation through the Scriptures. He has all the resources for his people. FCF. Deluded 'progress'. H1. Wanting a comfy life. H2. Wanting some kind of theological progress, which leads supposedly to a more successful, comfortable Christianity. Person of Jesus . His teaching, conduct, aim/resolve, patience, love, steadfastness, sufferings. He fulfilled the sacred writings. Work of Jesus . Salvation in Christ Jesus has been brought about through his self-giving death. Union with Jesus (death and life). Die to the old ways and live to God, which will entail suffering. Live a life empowered for everything by the Scriptures. Invitation . Continue in what you've believed. Confrontation . You can't avoid a hard life as a Christian. Consolation . By these Scriptures you can face every good work, fully equipped - though we feel overwhelmed by our inadequacy and weakness. Wrap up: God has the resources, the provisions (of power); he will enable us to endure all the seasons he leads us into and through; his Word will equip us fully as we attend to all of it.