Day 3 Read: 2 Timothy 2:11-14
The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
Reflect: What were the incentives Paul focused on that allowed him to endure, regardless of circumstances?
Consider: Once more Paul used the trustworthy-saying formula, so common in the Pastorals (cf. 1 Tim. 1:15; 3:1; 4:9; Titus 3:8), to introduce a quotation. The formula serves to place Paul’s stamp of approval on the content of the quotation, which may have been part of a baptismal ceremony.2
Respond: How do the two promises (vv. 11-12) inspire you to endure in the Christian faith? Do you have a mentor like Timothy had Paul? How do mentors help the church? How do mentors bring about the spread of the gospel?
2 A. Duane Litfin, “2 Timothy,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 753.