Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Twelve
By: Megan Gover | Essence of the Gospel | To type in your answers, click here.
“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” [2 Timothy 2:2]
Paul begs Timothy to imitate the soldier, athlete, and farmer. In today’s passage, Paul moves from using analogies and metaphors to simply reminding Timothy to follow Jesus Himself.
Take a moment and reflect on the truth you studied yesterday. What do you need more of in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to refine you in this area.
A soldier’s desire to please their commander + lack of luxury
An athlete’s strict discipline and faithful obedience of the rules
The farmer’s patience and hard-working reward
Open up your Bible to 2 Timothy 2:8-13. Read this passage.
What verb is the first word mentioned in this passage? What is an antonym (opposite word) for this verb?
Paul has used this verb several times already in the first chapter of this book. Look back in 2 Timothy 1:3-7. What four things was Paul reminded of or remembered?
What effect did recalling these specific things have on his everyday life?
What happens when we don’t remember Jesus Christ in our every day?
Write the three things mentioned about Jesus in verse eight.
Why is it important to remember Jesus rose from the dead?
Why is it essential for Jesus to come from the offspring of David?
These two specifics are incredibly important to the Gospel of Jesus. If Jesus did not die a physical death on the Cross and then rise from the dead three days later, His authority over death would have been void. He wouldn’t have been able to pay the price for our sins. However, Jesus victoriously conquered the wages of death. As a result, eternal life is ours for the taking.
In regards to David, the Lord promised him a lineage through his bloodline. Let’s look at the Lord’s covenant to Him in 2 Samuel 7:12-17.
What did the Lord promise David?
Out of this passage, we see the Lord promised his son, Solomon, to build the temple to house the Lord’s presence and will have an established throne. More importantly, we see the Lord assuring David’s throne forever. Can you imagine?!
Why was it important to remember the heart of the Gospel, as well as the Lord’s promise to David?
Jesus was both eternal and earthly. If we don’t forget his humanity and his deity, we forget the power of the Gospel.
Moving on, why does Paul refer to the Gospel as my Gospel?
How does viewing the Gospel in such a personal way, as if it’s our possession, affect the way we live out the Gospel?
Not only was this Gospel Paul’s personalized story of coming to know Jesus, but he was suffering for it.
While bound in chains, Paul witnessed the beauty of the Gospel. It’s not tied down, tethered to, or weighed down by anything. In what ways can we see the Bible not being bound today?
In verse 10, Paul transitions to the purpose of this suffering for the sake of the Good News. Whom is he suffering for and what does he want them to receive?
Who are the elect? Name some positions or people who are elected.
Whether someone is elected Homecoming Queen, State Representative, or a President, they were chosen to take their assumed position. Likewise, God is all-knowing, so He has foreknowledge of who will surrender to His love and accept salvation. Therefore, throughout Scripture, believers are called the elect due to their choice to yielding to God’s authority.
Lastly, re-read 2 Timothy 2:11-13. Is this section formatted differently than other passages in this chapter? Why do you think it's written this way?
Fill in the blanks below.
“If we have _________ with him, we will also _________ with him;
If we _________, we will also _________ with him;
If we _________ him, he also will _________ us;
If we are _________, he remains _________--for he cannot _________ himself.”
These verses are thought to be a Christian hymn--written to declare the goodness of God’s character. Which of these truths do you need to claim?
As we wrap up this passage, take some time to remember all the things Jesus Christ has done to save you, redeem you, and refine you.
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