Text: II Timothy 3:16 – 4:4 (16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
* Introduction: Standing On The Promises! It is our prayer that all will be like the Bereans, whom we read about in Acts 17. They were commended because they had a great love for the Word of God. We’re told that after hearing Paul, they went and “searched the Scriptures daily.” If we have this kind of love for the Bible, we will always be found “standing on the promises.” We can count on God, can He count on YOU?
What Kind of Foundation Do YOU Have? We build our lives on all kinds of foundations. Jesus spoke of those who build their lives on the sand, a life that has no permanent foundation. He contrasted that with one who built their lives on a solid foundation. The one who built on the sand had all kinds of problems in life. The one who built on the right foundation (Jesus) enjoyed the blessings of God.
The song, “I’ll Put Jesus First In My Life” in verse one tells us about that to a Christian, that “the world all about me has now no allure.” What this means that once we put on the Lord Jesus in baptism we change “kingdoms.” Paul told the Colossian Church that Christians have been conveyed out of a kingdom of darkness into a kingdom of light ruled by the Lord Jesus. We are now in the marvelous “light of the Gospel” and now have the privilege to help other find the light of Jesus.
He further reminds Christians that worldly wisdom is vain. The last phrase of verse one gives great comfort to the believer. It reads as follows, “I seek a foundation that’s steadfast and sure, I’ll put Jesus first in my life.” We sings song: “The Church’s One Foundation Is Jesus Christ, Her Lord…” We can be confident that our foundation, the Lord Jesus will always be there for us. Praise the Lord!
A Faithful Servant & His Faithful Lord
INTRODUCTION: This is the last book that the Apostle Paul penned chronologically. Paul is in Rome in the time of Nero, awaiting execution. As a Roman citizen he would escape crucifixion and be beheaded. In this last chapter of the book (chapter 4) is what some have called “ Paul’ s Last Will & Testament.” He wants to encourage Timothy in his work for the Lord and to instruct him on what to expect as the “ torch is passed” to him. Paul reminds Timothy that he was faithful to the Lord Jesus and encourages Timothy to stand fast. He reminds Timothy that they serve a God and a Savior who is likewise faithful.
The Charge of Paul to Timothy (vs. 1-5)
In verse 1 we see the authority of the ‘charge.” It is a military term that denotes that it is not just a suggestion. This charge is based on and backed by the Father and the Son. The One (Jesus) who will keep His promise to “judge the living and the dead.”
This passage confirms that Jesus is coming again. (We will deal more with this in another lesson.)
Timothy is told to “Preach the Word!” (stress inerrancy). Let’s turn back to 2 Tim. 3:14-18. He is told to continue in the Word of God.
Timothy must be ready at all times to stand upon and proclaim the Word of God. He must be faithful to do it no matter where he is and what audience he is speaking, teaching or preaching.
In verse 2 Timothy is told how to “preach the Word.” Convince, (NKJV) rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
Verse 3. Why was there and why is there an urgency to “preach the Word?”
“For the time will come..” (Already there/here.) that many “will not endure sound doc trine” –leaving the Word of God. They will not want to follow the Bible anymore unless convenient.
Jesus said, “If you love Me, Keep My commandments.” People will find teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. (itching ears.)
Christians will turn “aside” Leave the Truth, Church & the Lord V. 4. They will base their beliefs not on the Bible, but on fables.
Verse 5 What does Paul Tells Timothy To Do. He tells him to be watchful Timothy must know the Word and know what he believes in order to confront error—2 Tim. 2:15- importance of study—2Tim 3:14- 15
He must do the work of an evangelist-Timothy was to faithful preach and teach the Word of God. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18- 20; Mark 16:15-16)
He must fulfill your ministry. Each one of us has a ministry. The Lord has given each one of us at least one talent, probably more than we realize. We must be willing to use that talent for the Lord. We must be willing to be used of God to help reach the lost with the saving Gospel and also to strengthen the saved.
Can the Lord Jesus count on YOU!