Tools Required 2
Today we're going to talk about the remaining elements of 2 Timothy 2:24-25. These tools are teaching ability, patience when wronged, and gentleness while correcting those who are in opposition. Again our text is 2 Timothy 2:24-25 which says, "The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition..." And all this in the context of "rightly dividing" the word of truth according to 2 Timothy 2:15. 1. Able to teach. It should be self-evident that having an ability to teach goes hand-in-hand with rightly dividing God's word. However, this idea requires a more robust understanding. The writer to the Hebrews alludes to the fact that Christians should be mature enough to all be teachers. However, the rest of scripture reveals that teaching is a gift of the Spirit and that not all should seek to be teachers for they will be held to a higher standard. This begs the question, is the ability to teach which Paul is referring to a specific gift? I would suggest that it is. It seems that Paul writing a letter to Timothy in which he tells Timothy to fan his gift into flame is referring to this gift of teaching. In the context of this blog series, the gift of teaching is required for God's Church to faithfully divide the word of truth for the benefit of the learner. 2. Patience when wronged. Although patience is an aspect of the fruit of the Spirit, it's also important to see that patience when wronged is a fantastic tool in rightly dividing God's word. What we say surely matters, but how we Act proves belief. It is much easier to trust a person's teaching when I see it believed so genuinely in their life that they live it out. 3. Gentle correction. You've probably heard it said that a "kind word turns away wrath," and this idea seems to fit with gentle correction. But we live in a culture where if you disagree with someone the standard modus operandi is name calling and belittling, and bullying, etc. I'm sad to say that it is no better in the Church. The truth is that gentle correction does more to further sound Doctrine then one might believe. Not only does it turn away wrath from the one in error, but it also models the mercy of the God who bought us at such a great price.