Summary: Timothy’s knowledge of the Scriptures was pivotal/formative to his overcoming a hostile environment. Knowledge of the Scriptures is pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment. How is it helpful? Pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment is A
OVERCOMING a HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT-IV—2Timothy 3:10-17
A—IMITATION of APOSTLES-I-III(3:10-14)
B—KNOWLEDGE of SCRIPTURES(3:15-17)
Knowledge of the Word of God can help us to Overcome a Hostile Environment.
B— KNOWLEDGE of SCRIPTURES(3:15-17)
Understanding the WRITTEN WORD(3:15-17)
Timothy’s knowledge of the Scriptures was pivotal/formative to his overcoming a hostile environment.
Knowledge of the Scriptures is pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment.
How is the knowledge of the Scriptures pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment?
Pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment is Adherence to Authority’s.....
Previously we found:
A hostile environment is overcome by Adherence to Authority’s…
A.—IMITATION of APOSTLES-I-III(3:10-14)
1. TEACHING / Doctrine(:10a)
8. DANGER / Pain / Suffering(:11a-b)
B— KNOWLEDGE of SCRIPTURES(3:15-17)
1—A hostile environment is overcome by Adherence to Authority’s…
:15—“& that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
“From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures”
“Known”—eidw—To see(perceive); To know.
Timothy’s “Scriptures” were the OT Scriptures.
The NT Canon was in process of becoming standardized & solidified. Prior to Timothy’s birth?
2Tim. 1:5—“.....I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois & your mother Eunice, & I am persuaded is in you also.”
Penned thru the Holy Spirit as heeded by the Apostles. He guided the writing & the consequent incorporation into the NT Canon of Scripture.
If the word you ‘hear’ personally thru the Spirit, does not measure up to the written word of God, then the word you ‘heard’ is not of God! God will not contradict Himself! Yes God can change His mind, but He will never go against His nature or existing revelation.
Much of what we ‘hear’ spoken to us is actually our ‘want-to’ speaking rather than the Spirit. & We call what we hear, the ‘voice of the Holy Spirit,’ to convince others & ourselves of its authenticity & to keep ourselves in the driver’s seat rather than admit the absence of God’s voice in the matter at hand & our insecurity with portions of His word.
We so desperately want to have God move in & use us, that we can invent situations to which He compels us.
Lk. 16:19-31—Parable of the Rich man & Lazarus—““There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple & fine linen & fared sumptuously every day. “But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, “desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came & licked his sores. “So it was that the beggar died, & was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died & was buried. “And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes & saw Abraham afar off, & Lazarus in his bosom. “Then he cried & said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, & send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water & cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, & likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted & you are tormented. ‘And besides all this, between us & you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, ‘for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses & the prophets; let them hear them.’ “And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ “But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses & the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’””
2Pet. 1:19-21—“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns & the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Mat. 13:44-46—““Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found & hid; & for joy over it he goes & sells all that he has & buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, “who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went & sold all that he had & bought it.”