2 Timothy 2:15 an approved worker

Today’s verse of the day in the bible app I use was 2 Timothy 2:15. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

I enjoyed reading through Matthew Henry’s concise commentary on this passage.

2 Timothy 2:14–21 Those disposed to strive, commonly strive about matters of small moment. But strifes of words destroy the things of God. The apostle mentions some who erred. They did not deny the resurrection, but they corrupted that true doctrine. Yet nothing can be so foolish or erroneous, but it will overturn the temporary faith of some professors. This foundation has two writings on it. One speaks our comfort. None can overthrow the faith of any whom God hath chosen. The other speaks our duty. Those who would have the comfort of the privilege, must make conscience of the duty Christ gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, (Titus 2:14). The church of Christ is like a dwelling: some furniture is of great value; some of smaller value, and put to meaner uses. Some professors of religion are like vessels of wood and earth. When the vessels of dishonour are cast out to be destroyed, the others will be filled with all the fulness of God. We must see to it that we are holy vessels. Every one in the church whom God approves, will be devoted to his Master’s service, and thus fitted for his use. (my emphasis)

When I read the verse, it reminds me that I must strive to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. This striving is not for my salvation, that is secured by His grace, through His gift of faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.

In my mind I must strive to glorify God for that is the chief end of humankind. In doing so I must acknowledge the distorting sin of Adam, the manipulation of indwelling sins, and the distraction of actual sin in my life. I must search my heart for the manifestations of self-love and self-worship which result in sins like lustful desire, greed, selfishness, arrogance, haughtiness, conceit, and contempt. I must continuously confess, forsake, repudiate, and mortify these sins to present myself shameless and approved to handle the word of God.

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By Gary

I'm a Christian. I'm also a medical practitioner, specialist pathologist in microbiology, and Member of the Order of Australia (Bali Bombings investiture, 2003).