Text: 2 Timothy 2:14-26
This is the last letter we have from Apostle Paul. He is writing to Timothy, who was one of Paul’s disciples. Paul left Timothy in the city of Ephesus to be the pastor. Pastoral work is not easy for any person, so Paul writes this letter to encourage Timothy to persevere in the work. Let us give special attention to Paul’s exhortation to Timothy that he must handle God’s Word properly. As a minister, Timothy must handle the Scriptures correctly so that the people will receive good spiritual care.
The importance of the Bible for the transformed life is absolute.
Everyone knows God exists, knows He is Judge, and know that they will be condemned by Him. Even atheists who deny Him know these things.
But everything else we know about God, His grace, what we know about who Jesus is and what He did, knowing what God requires of us, etc., all of that is known only from the Bible. The Bible is central to our faith and life. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, Jesus said, man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God
(Mat.4:4). This citation was from Duet 8.3. Jesus knew the Scriptures and gusted them selectively throughout His earthly Ministry.
You must have the Scriptures central to your life if you are to live as a person transformed in the image of Christ. Read it, memorize it, meditate upon it, and build your life on it (Mat.7:24).
Meditate on verse 15. How are you going to apply it to your life?
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, help me to handle Your Word correctly and apply it to my life so that I will not be put to shame. Amen.