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2 Timothy 3:10-17
10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Reflection & Application
2 Timothy 3:10-11, 14
- How extensive was Timothy’s knowledge of Paul? How would such knowledge of Paul’s life and character have had an effect on Timothy’s own life?
- Who are the people I can reflect on in order to remain strong in the midst of persecution, difficulties, and “evil people and imposters”?
2 Timothy 3:13-14
- What pattern characterizes “evil people and imposters”? What contrasting pattern does Apostle Paul urge upon Timothy?
- Are there times when I have wavered and not continued in what I have “learned and have firmly believed”? What was it that caused me to waver?
2 Timothy 3:14
- According to v. 14, what is the basis for why Timothy could be confident to continue in what he has learned?
- What insight about the function of the church does this passage provide?
2 Timothy 3:15-17
- What are the Scriptures able to do, and what is the Scripture useful for? Reflect on the times and incidents in which I experienced some of the above aspects of Scripture.