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Pastors Jim and Marie Watt

Two Are Better Than One

(From: 2 TIMOTHY #2 - 2:1-26)



a. 2:1 You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that isin Christ Jesus.

Su oun, TEKnon [5043]mou, enDUna-mou [1743]en teCHAri-ti teen ChrisTOIeSOU.


kai ha Ekou-sas par' eMOU diA polLON mar-TUron [3144],

And what things you have heard from me among many witnesses,

TAUta pa-raTHOU [3908] piSTOIS anTHROpois, HOIti-nes hi-kaNOI [2425]Eson-tai kai heTErous diDAxai.

the same commit to faithful men,who shall be able to teach others also.

c. 2:3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

sun-ka-koPAthe-son [2553], hos kaLOS stra-tiOtes [4757] ChrisTOU IeSOU.


ouDEIS stra-teuOme-nos [4754] emPLEke-tai [1707] tais tou BIou [979] prag-maTIais [3230];

No soldier on service entangles himself in the affairs of :life;

HIna tostra-to-loGEsan-ti [4758]aREse [700].

so as to please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

e. 2:5 And if also one contend in games, he is not crowned, except he have contended lawfully.

eAN de kai athLE [118] tis, ou ste-phaNOUtai [4737], eAN me noMImos [3545] athLEse [118].

f. 2:6 The toiling farmer must be first to partake of the fruits.

ton ko-piONta [2872]ge-orGON [1092]dei PROton ton karPON me-ta-lamBAnein [3335].

g. 2:7 Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give you understanding in all things.

NOei [3539]ho LEgo; DOsei GAR soi ho KUri-os SUne-sin [4907] en PAsin.

h. 2:8-9 PAUL'S GOSPEL

mneMOneu-e [3421]IeSOUN ChrisTON, e­-ge-gerMEnon [1453]ek neKRON [3498],

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from thedead,

ek SPERma-tos [4690] DauID, kaTA to eu-agGEliON mou:

of David's seed, according to my :gospel:

en hoka-ko-paTHO [2553]MEchri desMON [1199], hos kaKOURgos [2557];

9wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as an evil doer;

alLA ho LOgos tou TheOU ou DEde-tai [1210].

but the word of :God is not bound.


diA TOUto PANta hu-poMEno[5278]diA tous e-klekTOUS [1588],

Therefore I endure all things for the elect'ssake,

HIna kai auTOI so-teRIas [4991]TUcho-sin [5177] tes en ChrisTO IeSOU meTA DOxes ai-oNIou.

that they also may obtain the salvation which isin Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

j. 2:11-13 A FAITHFUL WORD!

PiSTOS ho LOgos: ei gar su-na-peTHAno-men [4880], kai sunZEso-men [4800];

Faithful the saying: for if we died together, we shall also live together;

ei hu-poMEno-men [5278], kai sun-ba-siLEUso-men [4821]:

12 if we endure, we shall also reign together:

ei ar-neSOme-tha [569], ka' 'KEInos arNEse-tai [720]heMAS;

if we shall deny him, he also shall deny us;

ei a-piSTOUmen [569], eKEInos piSTOS MEnei; arNEsas-thai [720]gar he-auTON ou DUna-tai.

13 if we are faithless, he abides faithful; for he cannot deny himself.


a. 2:14 STRIFE

TAUta hu-poMIMne-ske [4279], di-a-mar-tuROme-nos [1263]eNOpi-on tou TheOU me lo-go-maCHEIN [3054],

Of these things remind them, charging before :God not to strive about words,

ep' ouDEN CHREsi-mon [5539], ePI ka-ta-stroPHE[2692]ton a-kouONton.

to no profit, to the subverting of them that hear.


SPOUda-son [4704] se-auTON DOki-mon [1384] pa-raSTEsai [3936]to TheO,

Give diligence to present yourself approved to :God,

erGAten [2040]a-nePAIschun-ton [422], or-tho-toMOUNta [3718] ton LOgon tes a-leTHEIas.

a workman that needs not to be shamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


tas de beBElous ke-no-phoNIas [2757]pe-riIsta-so [4026]: ePI PLEIon gar proKOpsou-sin a-seBEIas [763],

But shun the profane babblings:for they will proceed further in ungodliness,

kai ho LOgos [3056] auTON hos GAGgrai-na [1044] noMEN [3542] Exei:

17and their word will eat as a gangrene:

HON es-tin HuMEnai-os kai PHIle-tos HOIti-nes peRI ten aLEthei-an heSTOche-san [3004],

of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus 18who have deviated from the truth,

LEgon-tes aNAsta-sin [386] Ede ge-goNEnai [1096], kai a-naTREpou-sin [396] TEN ti-non PIstin.

saying that aresurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some.

d. 2:19a Howbeit :God's firm foundation stands, having this :seal.

ho MENtoi ste-reOS [4731] theMEli-os [2310] tou TheOU HEste-ken [2476], Echon ten sphraGIda [4973] TAUten.


EGno[1097] KUri-os tous ONtas auTOU:

TheLord knows them that are his:

kai, a-poSTEto[868]aPO a-diKIas [93]pas ho o-noMAzon [3687]to Ono-ma [3686]KuRIou.

and, Let every one naming the name of theLord depart from unrighteousness.


en meGAlede oiKIa ouk EStin MOnon SKEUe[4632]chruSA [5552]kai ar-guRA [693],

Now in a great house are not only vessels of gold and of silver,

alLA kai XUli-na [3585] kai oSTRAki-na [3749]; kai ha men eis tiMEN [5092], ha de eis a-tiMIan [819].

but also of wood and of earth; and some unto honor, and some unto dishonor.


eAN OUN tis ek-kaTHAre[1571]he-auTON aPO TOUton, EStai SKEUos eis tiMEN, he-gi-asMEnon [37],

If one therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified,

EUchres-ton [2173]to desPOte[1203], eis pan ERgon a-gaTHON he-toi-masME-non [2090].

meet for the master's use, prepared unto every good work.


tas de ne-o-te-riKAS [3512]e-pi-thuMIas [1939]PHEUge [5343],

But flee the youthful lusts,

DIo-ke [1377]de di-kai-oSUnen [1343], PIstin, aGApen, eiREnen,

and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace,

meTA PANton ton e-pi-ka-louMEnon [1941]ton KUri-on ek ka-thaRAS [2513]karDIas.

with all that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

i. 2:23 But the foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes.

tas de moRAS [3474]kai a-paiDEUtous zeTEseis [2414]pa-raiTOU [3868], eiDOS HOti genNOsi [1080]MAchas.


DOUlon [1401] de KuRIou ou dei MAches-thai [3164],

And the Lord's bondman must not strive,

alLA Epi-on [2261]EInai pros PANtas, di-dak-tiKON [1317], a-neXIka-kon [420],

but be gentle toward all, apt to teach, forbearing,

en praUte-ti [4236]paiDEUon-ta [3811]tous an-ti-di-a-ti-theMEnous [475];

25in meekness correcting the opposers;

MEpo-te DO-e[1325]auTOIS ho TheOS meTAnoi-an [3341]eis aPIGno-sin [1922]a-leTHEIas,

if perhaps :God give them repentance unto a knowledge of the truth,

kai a-naNEpso-sin [366]ek tes tou di-aBOlou [1228]paGIdos [3803],

26 and they may sober up from the snare of the devil,

e-zo-greMEnoi [2221]hup' auTOU eis to eKEInou THEle-ma [2307].

having been taken captive by him unto that one'swill.

NOTE: 2:1-13 - Christianity is nota passive faith! It is activeand positive! “The Kingdom of God suffers violence, and men of violencetake it by force.”Don't expect Godto do for you, what Hecommands us to do for ourselves. It is true that we cannot by ourselves live the victorious Christ life. It is Christ in us by the power of the Holy Spirit that does so. But it is onlywhen we step out actively in faith and obedience, that this looses the power of God to work in us. It is a delicate balance - but it works, and nothing elsedoes. Oswald Chambers is a great help in this direction through his “My Utmost for His Highest.”

Not 2:2 - “And what thingsyou have heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” This was the key text for Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of Chicago. What Paul did for Timothy, Dr. Charles W. Koller and his faculty sought to do for us as students.

2:11-13 is introduced with “Faithful the saying.”This is one of Paul's methods to get attention. He gives 4 contrasts for Timothy here, and ends up by underlining his introductory attention-getter by stating - Our Lord Jesus is always absolutely consistent to His nature. Don't make the mistake of thinking - “O, God is love! He will overlook my inconsistencies.”No - only if we confess our sins, will He forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness! We must not bring God down to the level of our thinking - rather - we must let Himlift us to the level of Himself!

2:14-26 - This paragraph lets us into the successful handling of all problems that may come our way. Perhaps the key verse in this section is 2:15 - “Give diligence to present yourself approved to :God, a workman that needs not to be shamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Most of us are aware of the “AWANA” Clubs of Boys and Girls - “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.” Lance Latham of Chicago had the vision for these Clubs back in the early part of the last Century. He adapted the methods used by the Boy Scouts, and incorporated the winning of badges in various areas. - But- he added a dimension absolutely unique! He had the boys in the beginning memorize chapters and even books of the Bible. Many memorized the entire book of Romans. They not only memorized large portions of Scripture - they learned how to meditate upon these truths until they became “living words” in their lives. Over 50% of the boys in some of the church clubs became missionaries and pastors!

In 1960 we incorporated these Clubs in the First Baptist Church of Round Lake, Illinois. It had a distinct effect on our church, which soon grew from 30 to 200 members. What Paul encouraged in Timothy, the Awana Concept encouraged in our boys and girls of over 100 members! What a blessing! Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man of China had the leaders and members of the Home Churches he founded in the 70's - to memorize chapters and Books of the Bible, and put them to music and sing them! It is difficult to know the statistics of tens of millions of these converts,- but their goal is to raise up 100,000 missionaries to send back to Jerusalem, evangelizing Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims on the way. Martyrdom the price for many? Without a doubt.

- J.A.W.