2 Timothy 2:14-26
14 Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God's presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.
17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer,* as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus.
18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.
19 But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: "The LORD knows those who are his,"* and "All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil."*
20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.
21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
23 Again I say, don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.
24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.
25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people's hearts, and they will learn the truth.
26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil's trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.
Approval is important in all spheres of life. In the football fraternity, players always need the approval of their coaches, coaches also need the approval of the football association. So they do all they can by abiding by the rules of the fraternity to obtain the approval of their superiors
The book of 2 timothy was written by Apostle Paul to Timothy. Timothy was advised and encouraged to keep on witnessing faithfully about Jesus Christ. Paul also admonished Timothy o hold on to the true aching of the gospel and the old testament. TIMOTHY was especially warned about dangers of being involved in foolish and stupid argument that do no good but only ruin people who listen to them
1. Every Christian can obtain God's approval by becoming a good workman.
Verse 15- 16, 24
A. By not being ashamed .
B. By handling the Word of truth correctly. Vrs 15
C. By being able to teach. Vrs 24 d
2. Every Christian can also obtain God's approval by pursuing Godly virtues. Vrs 22 , 24 c
A. By pursuing righteousness .vrs 22b
B. By pursuing faith. Vrs 22c
C. By pursuing love. Vrs 22 d
D. By being kind.
3. Every Christian can also obtain God's approval by setting himself apart . Vrs 23- 25
A. By avoiding godless chatter. Vrs 16 a
B. By fleeing from evil desires . Vrs 23a
C. By not having foolish argument. Vrs 23 a
D. By being gentle in his instruction. Vrs 25a