All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
ALL Scripture is God-breathed. From the doom and gloom of Isaiah, the dryness of the long lists of genealogies, and the symbolism in Revelation, to the beauty of the Psalms, the wisdom of Proverbs, and the grace and mercy in the Gospels: all of it is useful for life and godliness. An electrician doesn’t go to work without his tools and his training. So it should be for us: do not try and live a godly life without our equipment. This verse says that the Scriptures will equip us for every good work. Don’t show up for life unequipped.
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Having studied the subject of grace for a number of years, I know that it is the “undeserved, unearned love and friendship of God bestowed on the believer.” Verse 1, then, leaped off the page at me. As we consider this gift of God’s love and friendship, He wants us to be STRONG in it.” Lay down the traditions of men. Put aside our need to be right. Give up wanting our way, and, instead, please the saints, love them, though they don’t deserve it, be affectionately kind, though they haven’t earned it. LOVE as the Lord has loved us. be strong in the grace…
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,…
Sometimes we are called to suffer for the Gospel. It could be someone taunting or harassing us in the work place. It could be mocking or rejection in our families, or, like a missionary, literally suffering for the Gospel in a foreign land. The second part of this verse tells us we are not helpless in these situations. We are able to stand for the Gospel and withstand the suffering because we have the power of God. How did Paul suffer in prison, in chains, being beaten near to death? The power of God. When we are in the position of suffering for the sake of the Gospel, God grants us His power, and His strength to sustain us.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
In Chapter 2, Paul exhorts women to dress in “good deeds” rather than fashion, jewelry, and braided hair. Here, he exhorts those who are wealthy on earth, not to depend on their wealth for life, but instead, to be rich in good deeds – regarding their wealth as a means to help others, to relieve suffering, to be God’s hand of provision. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves in heaven. Wealthy in good deeds, generously giving them away, what a great way to live this Christian life!
The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.
I see a parade. Good deeds going on ahead, setting the stage, preparing the way. Good deeds trailing behind, not afterthoughts, but gifts, to those who watch or participate in the parade. Like a king whose royal train is made up of good deeds – much better than gold or jewels. Like the flowers at a wedding – good deeds surrounding the godly with beauty, peace and joy. Don’t we want to be known as persons whos lives are characterized by good deeds?
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Godliness here can be translated “spiritual training”.
Physical training involves commitment to daily exercise, and specific training for sports ability or improved health. Godliness or spiritual training is far superior to physical training because it has value in every aspect of our daily lives. So, as w train physically, we must also train spiritually- daily time in God’s Word, practicing the truths of our faith – love, forgiveness, grace, patience, godly wisdom. How sad for the Christian to be perfectly fit for physical things and to have spiritual muscles that are sagging and of no value.
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
Interesting…the mystery, the not-quite-graspable truth, is all about Christ – God in the flesh. In this Christ is the key to true godliness. Learning of Him through he Word of God, being taught by His Spirit, we mature in true godliness. Do we always do, or say, the right things? No, but as we live and respond to the truth we know in Christ Jesus, He fine tunes us for His purposes as His ambassadors in this world.
...also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
Paul wants women to dress in clothing of “good deeds”. I am known for my love of rhinestones and all things that sparkle, the more the merrier. “Good deeds” clothing, though, strikes me as a much better choice. How amazing would it be if people recognized us by this kind of clothing. “Look, here comes Jane, down the street. You can tell it is her because she is dressed in the good deeds of a woman whose heart is set to worship God.” Rhinestones pale in comparison.
holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.
This is such a visual picture: shipwrecked faith. How does it happen? 2 things have been rejected: holding onto your faith, and holding on to a good conscience. Satan makes rocky and dangerous shores appear safe, and when a person is lured away from a pure heart, and a good conscience, his faith is shipwrecked. Sometimes, the only way to hold on to your faith is to fall at the feet of God and plead with Him to keep you there. A good conscience comes from listening to the Holy Spirit and obeying Him.
While Nebuchadnezzer king of Babylon and all his army and all the kingdoms and peoples in the empire he ruled were fighting against Jerusalem and all its surrounding towns, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Go to Zedekiah king of Judah and tell him, ‘this is what the LORD says: I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will burn it down.
This may seem like a non-encouraging verse, but think about it: the Lord knew everything that was going on, the names of those who were fighting, and the name of the towns. Think of a time when you were utterly surrounded by trials – physical, financial, emotional. These verses should remind us, we are not alone. He knows our circumstances. God is aware of our suffering. He is able to comfort us, and to give us hope, and wisdom. Once we belong to Him through the miracle of salvation, He never abandons us.