Studying The Ancients | 02
Read or listen to 2 Timothy 4:1–8.
I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of his appearing and his kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved his appearing.
The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.
Take time to slowly read and reflect on these statements from followers of Christ from the past and from the present. How do these statements connect with the Scriptures we have studied this week?
“We believe and confess the Canonical Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles of both Testaments to be the true Word of God, and to have sufficient authority of themselves, not of men. For God himself spoke to the fathers, prophets, apostles, and still speaks to us through the Holy Scriptures.” -Second Helvetic Confession (1566)
Take a moment to reflect on all that God has been teaching you this week. How has he used the people around you, the work you have accomplished (or not accomplished), and the Scripture you have read to teach you about himself? Ask God to use those lessons to continue to shape and form you into his image.