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2Ti 2:8-10   What two aspects of the gospel message does Paul emphasize in 2Ti 2:8 to Timothy, and why is each of central importance?  See 1 Cor 15:17; Ps 132:11, Is 9:6-7, 11:1-5, Lk 1:31-33, Acts 2:25-32, Rom 1:3-4.  What was the result to Paul of proclaiming that gospel?  See 2Ti 2:9.  How were his present circumstances different from other suffering he had previously endured for the sake of the gospel?  See Lk 23:32,33,39 for the only other NT instances of “criminal”.  Was Paul ashamed of his conduct for having been branded a criminal?  See 2Ti 1:12.  Could the state-sponsored persecution and branding of Christians as “criminals” imprison the gospel from spreading?  See also 2Ti 4:17, 1 Thess 1:6-8.  Was Jesus the only one who had to suffer in order that we might be saved?  See 2Ti 2:10, Col 1:24.  Paul and many others like him throughout history have endured hardship in order that we might be saved; are we as willing to endure hardship in order that others might be saved?  Who are the chosen or elect to whom Paul refers in 2Ti 2:10?  See Mat 22:14, Col 3:12, 1 Pet 2:9, 2 Pet 1:10, Rev 17:14.  What does Paul say in 2Ti 2:10 accompanies the salvation which is in Christ Jesus?  How are the hardships we suffer in this life related to eternal glory in the next?  See 2 Cor 4:16-18, 1 Pet 5:10.  How is Paul an example to us of this truth, even as is Christ Jesus?  See 1 Pet 2:19-21.  Is there need for such examples today?  Will we be one?

2Ti 2:11-13 What is the trustworthy statement (KJV = “faithful saying”) that Paul refers to in 2Ti 2:11: Is it his previous statement in 2Ti 2:10, or what follows in 2Ti 2:11-13?  Note: some consider what follows to be the fragment of an early hymn or creed.  What are the four other “trustworthy statements” he has given in these Pastoral epistles?  See 1 Tim 1:15, 3:1, 4:9, and Tit 3:8.  Are these 5 statements related in any way?  Note: if the trustworthy statement in 1 Tim 3:1 refers to what precedes in 1 Tim 2:15, then all 5 would relate to some aspect of our salvation (see also 1 Tim 4:9 where the trustworthy statement clearly refers to what precedes).  In what primary sense does it mean that if we died with Christ we shall also live with Him?  See Rom 6:5-8, 2 Cor 4:10-11.  In the context of Paul’s approaching martyrdom what does it mean in its fullest sense?  See again 1 Pet 2:21.  What assumption is inherent in the words, “If we endure”?  See 2Ti 3:12.  What is the importance of persevering in trials and enduring with Christ?  See Mat 10:22, 24:13, 1 Cor 13:7, Heb 12:1-7, James 1:12, 1 Pet 2:20.  In addition to eternal life, what is the promise in 2Ti 2:12 to those who persevere and endure hardship and suffering for Christ?  See also Mat 19:28-29, Lk 22:28-29, Rev 5:9-10, 20:4-6.  What is the warning to those who would deny Him?  See also Mat 10:33, Lk 12:9.  Are the past-present-future tenses used in the protasis of the 3 conditions in 2Ti 2:11-12 significant?  What does 2Ti 2:13 mean, especially in light of 2Ti 2:12?  See Rom 3:3-4 and note that Paul’s quote there is from Psalm 51:4.

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