Many see the Word of God. . .few observe!
Paul has given a charge to Timothy that is essential for every leader in the Kingdom of God. We have talked about the reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. What do you give to those who you mentor?
2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV) 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to
reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.1
Kenneth Wuest states the following:
- (2:1, 2) “Thou” is the translation of su (συ), the pronoun of the second person. It is used for emphasis here, and as Expositors remarks, “marks the apostle’s anxiety for the future conduct of Timothy in the Church.” “Therefore” is oun (ὁυν). “It is resumptive of all the considerations and appeals for loyalty in chapter one” (Expositors). “Son” is teknon (τεκνον), “child,” used even of adults as a most endearing term of affection. “Be strong,” is endunamoō (ἐνδυναμοω), “to be strengthened inwardly.” “Of me” is not, “concerning me,” but par’ emou (παρ ἐμου), “from me personally.” The preposition para (παρα) speaks of personal presence. “Among” is dia (δια), speaking of accompanying circumstances. The witnesses here could refer to those who were present at Timothy’s baptism or ordination, or at any public occasion where the members of the local church were present. “Commit” is paratithēmi (παρατιθημι), “to deposit as a trust.” “Faithful” is pistos (πιστος), not “faithful” in the sense of “believing” but in the sense of “trustworthy.” “Able” is hikanos (ἱκανος), “sufficient.” Expositors’ note here is most helpful. “St. Paul is here contemplating an apostolic succession in respect of teaching rather than of administration. It is natural that in the circumstances of the primitive Church, the building up of converts in the Faith should have occupied a larger place in the Christian consciousness than the functions of an official ministry; but the historical continuity of the ministry of order is of course involved in the direction here. St. Paul would have been surprised if any other conclusion had been drawn from his words. In any case, the Providence of God sees further than do His servants.”
- Translation. As for you, therefore, my child, be clothed with inward strength by the grace which is in Christ Jesus; and the things which you heard from me personally in the presence of many witnesses, these things commit as a trust to trustworthy men who are of such a character as to be adequate to teach others also.2
Are you passing on your best studies, illustrations, thoughts and teaching to those who follow you? Imagine a plate of food that you placing in front of your disciples. Does it contain the best you have? Are you holding back on certain items so unreliable men can not steal and misuse that information? Is your disciple fully equipped to pass it on?
Cathy and Danny Sartin
Deeper Still Missions
2 Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (2 Ti 1:18–2:1). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
1 The New International Version. (2011). (2 Ti 2:2). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.Copyright © Danny Sartin. All Rights Reserved.
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