I specifically put “Reflection” in the title because this in no way should constitute a comprehensive Bible Study of 2 Timothy. For the past six weeks I took part in our church’s women’s ministry study of 2 Timothy. I really enjoyed the process of having homework every day (yes I actually do miss homework… on some level), memorizing scripture, and meeting other like-minded women. While I’m technically done with formal schooling, I don’t think I will ever be done with wanting to learn.
We studied through the Entrusted – Bible Study Book: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore. In an effort to condense this six week study into a readable, somewhat succinct blog post, I’m categorizing my reflection into three parts: some background of 2 Timothy, the main point I synthesized from the study, and my encouragement to you.
The following Bible verses are from the English Standard Version.
- This letter was written by Paul at the end of his life to his dear son and mentee, Timothy (through the faith, not biological). Paul, “an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God (2 Tim 1:1),” was in prison in Rome for sharing the Gospel. Paul was very close to death, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Tim 4:6-7).” We believe Luke was annotating as Paul spoke this letter from his jail cell, “Luke alone is with me (2 Tim 4:11).” While 1 Timothy is directed to the greater church, 2 Timothy is more personal and intentionally written for Timothy. Paul truly loved Timothy and trusted that Timothy was ready to continue Paul’s ministry in spreading the Gospel to the Jews and Gentiles. “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Tim 4:5).”
The Main Point:
- “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you (2 Tim 1:14).”
- We have all been entrusted with the Gospel (“the precious truth”) and a gifting. We must return the Gospel intact – the message of the Gospel (John 3:16) must remain the same, true to Scriptures. We are humans, we are sinful, and we are forgetful. Yet God still entrusts us to share His precious truth. Fortunately, He sent us the Holy Spirit as our Advocate. The Holy Spirit gives us the situations to spread the Gospel, the words to spread the Gospel, and the wisdom to ensure we are keeping the Gospel intact. We are not meant to spread the Gospel without the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
- The gifting – we all have a gifting – is what God has invested in us spiritually. This gifting is intended to be invested in for the purpose of multiplying (Matthew 25: Parable of the Talents). When I stand before God, He will ask me how I used my gifting to spread the Gospel to serve Him and multiply His Kingdom. I now take this charge quite seriously. I have a very limited lifetime on this Earth, and yet I was created for a purpose. My purpose is just this: to spread the Gospel and tell others about Jesus. I do this with the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within me, I do this uniquely with the gifts He has given me, and I do this for the community He has placed me in. I am a sinful but forgiven, loved daughter of Christ who has been set on this globe to be unleashed in spreading the Gospel. How powerful is that! I don’t want to waste any more time. I’m only twenty-four years old and I feel like time has already been wasted: people I could have been more bold with and circumstances I could have optimized for the Kingdom. But that is in the past and the enemy wants to keep me there. I’m in the present now and am seeking divine wisdom to guide me in fulfilling His divine purpose.
- This process made me passionate about becoming a diligent student of the Scripture. It made me passionate about learning the Word and the God who wrote it. I even memorized the four chapters of 2 Timothy (see my recitation of 2 Timothy here). I will be studying the book of James. I plan on studying through Beth Moore’s James – Bible Study Book: Mercy Triumphs, and memorizing the five chapters of James.
Final Thoughts and Encouragement for my Readers:
- This Gospel and gifting is not just for me – it’s for everyone who identifies themself as a believer and follower of Christ. And the beautiful thing is that it’s never too late to fulfill this purpose in your life whether you are twenty-four or eighty-four.
- If you do not identify yourself as a believer, but are interested in learning about this Jesus, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
- If you identify yourself as a Christian, but don’t feel passionate about spreading the Gospel, I encourage you to pray that God gives you the desires of His heart.
- If you don’t know what your gifting is, I encourage you to pray that God would reveal your unique gifting.
- If you already know your gifting, I encourage you to pray how God can help you spread the Gospel using your gifting.
- And if you are already using your unique gifting to spread the Gospel, then pray for God to give you wisdom, circumstances, patience, and endurance to continue to fight the good fight, to finish the race, and to remain faithful (2 Tim 4:7).