2Timothy 2:1-7 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And 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. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warred entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
‘Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.’ Seven commands to Timothy: Be strong in the grace of Christ (2:1). Commit truth to faithful men (2:2). Endure hardness as a good soldier (2:3). Be not entangled with the affairs of this life, to please God (2:4). Strive lawfully for the crown (2:5). Consider what I say – he truth (2:7). Remember, make Christ’s resurrection a chief theme of the gospel (2:8).
‘Things that thou have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.’ The doctrines you heard me outline for you before many witnesses when you were ordained (1Tim. 4:14; 6:12; 2Tim. 1:6; 2:2), commit to faithful men the same way they were committed to you.
‘Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.’ Three similitudes of a Christian: As a soldier (2:3-4). As an athlete in the Olympic games (2:5). As a farmer (2:6).
Just as a good soldier lives up to certain standards, an athlete obeys the rules of the game to win, and a farmer tills according to natural laws of agriculture to get a crop, so the minister must live up to the rules if he expects a crown and eternal fruit.
‘Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.’ Consider my figures of speech and the Lord will give you understanding as to their application.