How often do you think about Jesus throughout the day? If we really understood what the Bible says about this Savior and King, he would come to mind much more often. In this lab, John Piper highlights a couple of truths about Jesus to help anchor our minds in him.
Principle for Bible Reading
We are saved by faith alone, not by works, but the Bible is still filled with commands for believers. Understanding a particular paragraph or passage of Scripture often relies on identifying the commands. Often the biblical authors offer lots of indicative statements in support of an imperative statement (command).
- Identify the main command in 2 Timothy 2:8–10. What affect does that have on how you read the rest of the passage?
- What specifically does Paul want these believers to remember about Jesus? Why might he call out these particular things?
- Summarize 2 Timothy 2:9–10 in your own words, and relate it back to the command in 2 Timothy 2:8.
Remember Jesus Every Hour (02:10–03:36)
- The main command in 2 Timothy 2:8–10 is to remember Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:8)
- That command to remember Jesus might be talking about the danger of falling away from Jesus entirely and making shipwreck of your faith.
- On the other hand, it might be talking about the danger of regularly neglecting to think about Jesus day by day, or even hour by hour.
Who Is Jesus? (03:36–05:19)
- Jesus is risen from the dead. He is the one who conquered death. (2 Timothy 2:8)
- He is also the long-expected Son of David, that is, King of Israel. (2 Timothy 2:8)
- And because he lives forever now (“risen from the dead”) is the final King of the universe forever, and no one will supplant him.
- A Savior and King like this is worthy remembering at all times and in all things.
Beautiful and Costly (05:19–08:39)
- Paul suffered for the gospel news about this Jesus. He was thrown in jail and bound with chains. (2 Timothy 2:9)
- The gospel is beautiful and glorious, but it is costly.
- Nevertheless, the word of God is not bound (2 Timothy 2:9). Even though the gospel comes with suffering, it is also always successful.
- And because the word of God — the gospel — cannot be defeated, Paul is willing to suffer anything to see it spread to more and more people. (2 Timothy 2:10)