2 Timothy 2
Notes on Sin
SIN - 1). Soldiers don’t get entangled in civilian affairs. (v.4) Paul intentionally used the world entangled because these interruptions distract us from doing what God has called us to do. We must be careful not to involve ourselves in these issues too much because if we do it will keep us from doing what God wants us to do for Him. Too many ministers may be missing their true purpose because of these entangling distractions in our lives. 2). Athletes only win if they play by the rules. (v.5) If they cheat or disobey the rules, they would be disqualified and removed from the competition. When we sin, it’s as if we are cheating and trying to win in life by going against the rules. God sets the rules and we must disciple ourselves to obey them and honor them in all that we do. 3). God will disown us if we choose to disown Him. (v.12) It’s our choice. Some say that we can’t lose our salvation, but it appears here that this is possible if we choose to give it away. God won’t force us to keep Him in our lives. We must constantly choose Him over all else in our lives to endure and reign one day.
SIN - 1). We should work hard to be unashamed. (v.15) When we give our best to God, there is no shame. When we cut corners, hide secret sins, and avoid hard work it’s shameful. Sometimes we know how we did based on the way we feel when we look back. Even if we don’t feel shame, we should strive hard to be great for God so we don’t invoke shame in His eyes as well. A life without secret sin is a life without regrets and shame. 2). Paul encouraged them to avoid Godless chatter. (v.16) This world is full of talk that is far from God, in media, music, TV, etc. This isn’t discussions that don’t speak specifically of God, because God is still praised when we enjoy the beauty of His creation. It is noise that is contrary to Him and leaves Him out. The more we fill our lives with this type of noise, the farther from God we will become, and instead we’ll become like the chatter in our lives. 3). Bad teaching can spread fast and infect many people. (v.17) Paul compared it to the spread of gangrene, a nasty venereal disease. Teaching can build us or disrupt us from the inside out. It’s important to make sure the teaching we submit ourselves to is right and inspiring, so we stay healthy in God’s Will. 4). Hymenaeus and Philetus had departed from the truth. (v.18) They were teaching that the final resurrection of the Saints had already occurred, which isn’t accurate. Whether this was their honest interpretation or if they were purposely deceiving others didn’t matter; they were teaching a lie and would be held responsible for it. When we believe lies, regardless of our motives, it will always hurt us and destroy the truth in our lives. 5). When we stay away from sin we prove that we belong to God. (v.19) That is a distinguishing feature of a true Christ follower. Sin is rampant in this world and we will stand out greatly when we choose to avoid it. It shows where are true loyalties lie. 6). Paul encouraged them to flee the evil desires of youth. (v.22) This is a great memory verse helping us strive for purity in our lives. There is much temptation in youth, and we must mature to a point of overcoming easy traps. The way to overcome sin is by pursuing the true things of righteousness, filling our time with things that benefit our faith. 7). Sin is nothing more than a trap of the enemy. (v.26) It’s Satan’s attempt to enslave us so that we do what he wants instead of obeying God. When we follow sin, it’s a choice to abandon God and do things our own way, which will lead to destruction.