Text: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Main idea: The Scriptures provide the point of reference, the foundation and the purpose of our faith.
Purpose: To make believers rely on and live by the authority of the scriptures and allow it pattern their lives to produce lasting results
The true life of faith is that which is based on the authority of Scripture. Knowing that the scripture is God inspired, knowing what it can accomplish in our lives as we give ourselves to it and also being encouraged by the lives of our disciplers, we have everything we need to life the life of faith that God requires.
PAUL AS REFERENCE POINT FOR TIMOTHY (10-13)
Timothy had an established point of reference in Paul’s life and ministry
Paul’s Life of Godliness (10-11.)
Paul reminded Timothy of his doctrine, purpose, faith, long suffering, love, perseverance etc. and how God delivered him from them all.
He stated that this is a pattern that all who pursue godliness must experience – persecution. Persecution Awaits True practitioners of True Faith and righteousness in Christ (vs.12).
The Life of the Ungodly (v.13)
The ungodly will only become more ungodly and deluded.
As they deceive and lead others astray, they themselves are bound to suffer the same results.
EXAMPLES FOR TIMOTHY’S FAITH (14-15)
Examples from people and scripture are a foundation for timothy to continue in faith.
Those from whom he learned the scriptures (14b)
Paul was confident to draw Timothy’s attention to the fact that Timothy should be able to testify that those who have taught Timothy God’s word have lived their life in a way worthy of being emulated. They therefore have the moral right to challenge and encourage Timothy to do the same.
When those who teach you the word live by what they teach, you have no excuse to be otherwise.
Steadfastness in what has been learned from scripture (14a, 15)
Timothy has been assured of what he has learned from the scriptures. Through them he has learned the way of salvation through faith in Christ.
Through the knowledge of scriptures we were saved. The same scriptures also teach us to continue in the life of faith.
THE AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE OF SCRIPTURE (16-17)
All Scripture is from God and it is useful and purposeful.
The source of Scripture: (16a)
All scripture is from God. God inspired his servants to put into writing his mind for us. We should never doubt God’s word. It is divine and eternal.
The Application of Scripture (16b-17)
We must never hesitate to follow its doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction for righteousness. Only through it can we find eternal life and by it shall we live. It is
The manufacturer’s manual
The traveler’s map
The pilot’s compass
The navigator’s aid
The citizen’s constitution
All who adhere to God’s word for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness will grow more and more in godliness, while those who refuse to will only grow worse and worse as they head for destruction.
Is God’s Word your sure foundation in every aspect of your life? Determine now to allow scripture to mold you daily for the rest of your life.
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