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  • Joe Norton

Be Wise About Salvation (5/28/2023)

First in a series of studies of 2 Timothy 3:14-17

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

“and 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” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).

Set amid strong warnings against being influenced by those who are basically traitors to the faith and enemies of Jesus, Paul here emphasizes to the young preacher Timothy the importance of continuing to be steadfast in following what he has been taught.

Paul has already established that it was Timothy’s mother and grandmother who instilled the faith of Christ into Him when he was just a boy; so, here he plants a seed of reassurance about the purpose of the scriptures: they provide the instruction needed to teach one about salvation.

In saying “Holy Scriptures,” Paul refers to Old Testament teaching; and, then, he ties that teaching with “faith which is in Christ Jesus” in the New Testament. Thus, at some point, Timothy realized that the Old Testament scriptures pointed to Jesus, the real source of salvation. Timothy is not to turn away from that teaching.


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