Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Truth I love in 2 Timothy:
Remember who you are- Heritage of faith 1:5
Fan into flames- Anointing 1:6
Trust for the unseen longings 1:12
Guard the truth 1:13
Preach the word- Be ready to preach, pray or die 4:2
Keep the faith 4:5-6
2 Timothy 2:15
Handed down to me by my Great Grandmother who wrote this reference on a birthday card to me when I was 8 years old. I held on to the card because it was beautiful and when I was a young adult I finally looked up the reference.
Study to show yourself approved by God,
There is something unmistakable about someone who studies “the word of truth” and we stand before God as we “do [our] best” and “study” the truth of God, approved, accepted, capable of 4:5 “discharging all the duties of [our] ministry” we have His “seal of approval” as we press in to know the truth of God. But we get a much deeper meaning if we look at the Greek words.
SPOUDAZO is the Greek verb “study” means to make haste, exert oneself, endeavor, give difference, involves much more than just taking in knowledge, a word used of a workman, meaning to give diligence, endeavor or exert oneself.
PARISTEMI is Greek for “show” it means to stand beside, to exhibit, proffer, recommend, substantiate.
a worker who does not need to be ashamed
1-The words of others may make us feel inferior,
2-our self doubt may make us feel like an incapable instrument in the hands of the Lord
3-and the devil may sew seeds of doubt in our abilities,
but when we focus on the Lord by studying His word His truth casts out fear
1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner.
Christ saved us on a cross “scorning it's shame”. Do not be ashamed.
Learn truth and rest in it and teach it unashamed. vs. 2:11
SPOUDAZO is used again Greek for “worker” meaning to give diligence, endeavor or exert oneself.
AISCHUNO is Greek for “ashamed”
and who rightly handles the word of truth.
4:2 Preach the word. 2:24 kind to everyone able to teach.
3:16 All scripture is God breathed...teaching rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2:22 flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness.
2:6 The hard working farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Paul calls Timothy an “evangelist” in v. 4:5 as he is to teach and he must first learn the truth and let it bare fruit in his own life.
ORTHOTOMEO is Greek for “rightly handles” or “cutting straight” like ORTHO-straight and tomeo-to cut. KJV
LOGON -word ALETHEIAS -of truth