Wednesday, August 22, 2018

2 Timothy Chapter 2 Election Christian Growth Spiritual Warfare

    1: Thou therefore my son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus 2: And the things heard from me among many witnesses the same commit to faithful ones who shall be able to teach others also 3: Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ 4: No one that [goes to] war entangles themselves with the affairs of this life that they may please him who chose them to be soldiers 5: And if any strives for victory yet are they not crowned except they strive lawfully 6: The farmer that labors must be first partaker of the fruits 7: Consider what I say and the Master give you understanding in all things 8: Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead[1] according to my glad tidings [good news] 9: Because of which I suffer hardship as an criminal even to imprisonment but the Word of God is not chained 10: Because of this I endure all [for the] Eklektos ἐκλεκτός (elect, chosen, called out from) because of διά the Eklektos that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory[2] 11: It is a faithful saying For if we die with him we shall also live with him 12: If we suffer [we shall] symbasileuō καί symbasileuō rule and reign with [him] If we reject him he also will reject us[3] 13: If we believe not yet he abides faithful He cannot deny himself 14: Of these things put them in remembrance charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit but to the subverting of the hearers 15: Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that needs not to be ashamed rightly discerning the Word of Truth[4] 16: But shun profane and vain babblings for they will increase unto more ungodliness 17: And their word will eat as does a canker of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus 18: Who concerning the truth have erred saying that the resurrection is past already and overthrow the faith of some[5] 19: Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure having this seal The Lord knows them that are his And Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity 20: But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver but also of wood and of earth and some to honour and some to dishonour 21: If a man therefore purge himself from these he shall be a vessel unto honour sanctified and meet for the master's use and prepared unto every good work 22: Flee also youthful lusts but follow righteousness faith love peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart 23: But foolish and unlearned questions avoid knowing that they do gender strifes 24: And the servant of the Lord must not strive but be gentle unto all men apt to teach patient 25: In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth 26: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil who are taken captive by him at his will[6]

[1] The body of Jesus, the only Christ (Anointed One) was raised physically from the dead. Some teach the resurrection of Jesus was only a spiritual one rather than physical, but this verse describes the “Seed of” David rising from the dead. It is no contradiction to say that the body of Jesus, who was a physical descendant of King David, rose from the grave and when his body was raise, he rose as a life-giving spirit as well. 

[2] Under the New Covenant, the Church is called the spiritual seed of Abraham. The Body of Christ is the Church, God’ elect. And according to this verse, the elect includes those who are not yet saved. But being the elect does not negate a personal choice to make Jesus our Savior. It is God’s will that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth 1 Timothy 2:5. Therefore, all are the elect. Jesus said, many are called but few are chosen, because it is always our choice in whether we are chosen or not. Jesus said a time is coming when even the elect might be deceived Matthew 24:24. Under the Old Covenant, all Israel was God’s elect, but what about those in Israel [the elect] who sacrificed their children to Ba’al and were given over to their enemies and into captivity and died in their sins? God was speaking of, those in Israel, the elect, in Ezekiel 3:18-20.

[3] This verse appears to refute the doctrine of eternal security. 

[4] The only way to “rightly discern” the Word of Truth, is to approach biblical understanding with the help of the Holy Spirit along with a working knowledge of the Bible—all of it. This can only be done If you read your Bibles in a systematic manner. This writer recommends reading your Bibles every day, always picking up today where you left off yesterday. If you do this, you will eventually read every word [over and over again] and in that way gain a more comprehensive knowledge of what the Bible does and does not say. Gaining a working knowledge of the Bible is important from a theological perspective, but is even more important from a Christian growth and "relationship with Christ" perspective.

[5] Paul was not bound by the, “Don’t be judgemental!” and politically correct paradigms that seem to rule Christian thought in these last days (we have been in the last days for over 2000 years Acts 2:16-17). He did not shy away from naming names when it was necessary in contending for the faith and protecting his flock. 

[6] When we refuse to receive biblical instruction, we are not just opposing God, but opposing ourselves. We become our own worst enemy by placing ourselves under the jurisdiction of the enemy of our souls. 

Spiritual warfare begins with obedience to God and to what we understand concerning His Word. Jesus said, “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only.” He warned of dire consequences to those who heard but did not do.” Great strength comes from faith in God’s Word, and obedience is part of faith Matthew 7:24-27, Romans 10:17.

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