Outline on 2 Timothy 2.3-26
- Christians focus on ultimate goals (vv. 3-13)
- Christians focus on endurance on the way to the eternal goal (3 metaphors, vv. 3-7)
- Christians focus on the life to come; Christians focus on Jesus and his salvation (vv. 8-13) – 3 things about the gospel here
- It is reminiscent about other times Paul focuses on the incarnation and the resurrection (Romans 1)
- Here, Paul reverses the natural order. In Romans, first incarnation then resurrection. Here, resurrection, then incarnation (descended from David). Why? Because Paul shapes the way he emphasizes certain things in the gospel according to what is being denied amongst the people he is addressing at any given point.
- How much you include under the rubric of, “What the gospel is” can depend on quite a lot of different things.
- Christians focus on central truths (vv. 14-21)
- Avoid foolish debates (v. 14)
- Handle the bible well (v. 15)
- Avoid speculative theology (vv. 16-18)
- The analogies of this perspective (vv. 19-21)
- Christians focus on purity of heart (vv. 22-26)
- What to flee (vv. 22-23)
- What to pursue (vv. 22b, 24)
- What to hope for (vv. 25-26)