2 Timothy 3:10
Dr. Roberto Miranda
SUMMARY: In Second Timothy Chapter 3, the Apostle Paul advises Timothy on how he should conduct himself in his pastoral duties. Paul is concerned about the danger of the times they are living in and the danger of the future times. He describes the type of person that will be in those times and how they are very similar to what we see in these times. But Paul tells Timothy that he is a different person because he has followed his doctrine, conduct, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, and patience. Paul puts himself as the norm and emphasizes the importance of fidelity to the values of truth, justice, and biblical doctrine. He talks about the importance of being an example and an inspiration for others. Paul also speaks of the persecutions and sufferings he has gone through, which is unexpected because one would expect a man with so many virtues to be protected from afflictions and trials. But affliction is often used by God to form and strengthen us.
The Apostle Paul went through many afflictions, even though he had love, faith, patience, doctrine, purpose, and good behavior. Sometimes God allows afflictions in our lives to strengthen and form us into the character of Jesus Christ. We should persist in our faithfulness to the Lord and remember who we learned from. It is important to teach our children the word of God from a young age so that when they are old, they will not turn away from it.
The speaker emphasizes the importance of being firm with children in teaching them the word of God, as it will serve as a foundation in their future. He stresses that all of Scripture is inspired by God and serves as a source of wisdom and guidance for believers. He encourages the congregation to be students of the Bible and to let it penetrate their minds and hearts. He urges them to make a pact with the word of God and to live by it, obey it, and persist in it. He concludes by praying that the church will always show high esteem for the word of God and that the pulpit will only be used for healthy teaching.
Second Timothy, Chapter 3, beginning there in verse 10. It says there, and this is the Apostle Paul writing to Timothy, a young man, not really that young but at that time they considered him a young man, he was about 40 years older or less, say Bible scholars. But Timothy had the hallmark of having been a pastor and disciple of the Apostle Paul and Timothy was fulfilling certain pastoral duties and so Paul, the veteran Apostle, writes to his disciple and is giving him advice on how he should conduct himself in his life, and how you must conduct yourself in your ministry as well. So it's a letter of pastoral advice.
Second Timothy, 3:10. Paul is advising Timothy and says: "...but you, Timothy, but you have followed my doctrine, conduct, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, patience, persecutions, sufferings like those that befell me in Antioch, in Iconium in Lystra, persecutions that I have suffered and the Lord has delivered me from all, and also all those who want to live piously in Christ Jesus, will suffer persecution. But bad men and deceivers will go from bad to worse deceiving and being deceived but you persist in what you have learned and persuaded yourself, knowing from whom you have learned and that since childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and useful to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice so that the man of God or the woman of God may be perfect, fully prepared for every good work." May the Lord bless his holy word.