Summary: We need to know where we are at.
THE CHARGE TO THE CHRISTIAN
2nd Tim.2: 14Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
Most Christians think that the charge is only given to pastors, but Paul charges the Christian with this strong scriptural instruction to take your stand.
(1) Be strong in Grace
Ver. 1Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Good shape spiritually
Grace sufficient for suffering
Gave by the scripture
(2) Be a good soldier
Ver. 3Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Trained to perform endurance
Taught the plans of the enemy
Tough enough to endure
(3) To strive lawfully
Ver. 5And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
Labor for Christ
Loyal to the Church
Liable to suffer defeat and loss
(4) To suffer for Christ
Ver. 9Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
10Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
The word of God must have free course
Witness for Christ is a duty and privilege
Walk Talk Work
(5) Study and prove what you study
Ver. 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Show your faith by your works
Start using what you know of Gods word
Be sure you are not ashamed to witness for him
(6) Shun profane and vain babblings
Ver. 16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Shut your ears eyes and mouth to this garbage
Stay away from anti-Christian spirit
Shun it as dangerous and destructive
(7) Stand on the sure foundation
Ver. 19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
The foundation is finished work of Christ
The follower of Christ is sure of their faith
The future will be safe and secure