- The Explore the Bible lesson for July 28 focuses on 2 Timothy 2:14-26.
To be a student of something requires time, dedication and commitment. The hours spent studying may not lead to quick gratification, yet we know “God works for the good” (Romans 8:28). The dedication to something you may not readily see often can be frustrating, but life is more meaningful when we walk it out by faith. And a commitment to something or someone who is difficult, at best, requires diligence in the things of the Lord.
Truth and direction are found when we seek the Lord through his written word. Studying any topic leads to a better understanding of the subject. A thorough study of the Bible leads to living the best life God has for us, because Christ Jesus puts his divine nature on our natural efforts. God says, “You seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Two Groups (2 Timothy 2:14-19)
Throughout his letters, Paul repeatedly has encouraged Timothy to stay away from quarreling and fruitless arguments, saying they only lead to confusion and ruin. For those still maturing in the faith, such arguments are confusing. Timothy is encouraged to teach the unquestionable truth of the gospel: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Timothy—and the rest of us—are to show we are students of God’s word, one who is confident with the help of the Holy Spirit to share God’s message correctly. We are to steer clear of talk that is godless and lifeless; it leads to a godless and lifeless life. Albeit that false teaching exists and spreads quickly, hindering and destroying the faith of some, God’s foundation is strong. Those of us who are believers will turn from wickedness.
How do we best exemplify we are students of God’s word?
Two Vessels (2 Timothy 2:20-22)
These verses highlight the importance of knowing our purpose and dedicating our life to serving God. As we dedicate ourselves to being cleansed and diligent in our faith, God will use us for his good work. Part of being diligent in our faith is fleeing sin and joining with other brothers and sisters who are seeking to serve God, maturing together in the things of the Lord, such as righteousness, faith, love and peace.
How have you been prepared to do God’s good work?
Two Approaches (2 Timothy 2:23-26)
Paul’s final words here take us back to previous Scriptures, admonishing Timothy and all believers to avoid useless and foolish questions and to focus on God’s work. Be kind, teach and resist resentfulness. We must remain mindful some brothers and sisters will require gentle instruction in order to establish God’s truth. It is because of God’s truth they will live and not be captives of the devil. Eternity is at stake.
Prayer: Lord, you are a good God. We are grateful you have called us to be students of your divine word. Help us to study with diligence and faith in your promises and then to share your word in a kind and gentle manner, so that they fully see you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lisa M. Rainey, PhD., is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas.