By Blake Higginbotham – Passover – 2012
2 Timothy 2:1-6 & 14-26You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Messiah Yahshua. 2And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (The cycle of true discipleship is not completed until the one being discipled, disciples another) 3You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Yahshua Messiah. 4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.6The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.7Consider what I say, and may the Sovereign give you understanding in all things.
Note: This passage of scripture was personally addressed to Timothy; but it truly captures and speaks to the heart of the father/son relationship. Paul (spiritual father) instructed Timothy (spiritual son) to commit the things that he had received to faithful men in order to complete the cycle of discipleship. He instructed him to prepare to suffer hardship and not become entangled with the affairs of this life. He instructed him to work and serve in a way that represents the heart of the father, and to be a partaker of the first-fruits. Paul asked him to consider what was being said in light of receiving a better understanding of all things. While the language of this passage of scripture sounds authoritative and commanding, it actually is filled with very encouraging and endearing words.
14-26 – Remind them of these things, charging them before Yahshua not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.15Be diligent to present yourself approved to Yahweh, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.17And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.
Note: This is a fatherly reminder not to engage in conversations that have no eternal value and will serve to damage your credibility, or destroy the hope and faith of others. We need to avoid talking about things that are based on conjecture or supposition and we need to be careful to rightly handle the word of truth in a way that Honors and Glorifies Yahweh. That includes corrupt communications and immoral conversations of any kind. We also need to be reminded that everything that is factual and true is not necessarily something that needs to be discussed in an open forum, or mixed group of people. Our lives and conversations need to revolve around Glorifying Yahweh as we edify one another in Him. We are the glory bringing hope to the world in which we live, and when we show up they need to see Him!
19Nevertheless the solid foundation of Yahweh stands, having this seal: “Yahshua knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Messiah depart from iniquity.”
1 Corinthians 3:10-13 – According to the grace of Yahweh which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Yahshua Messiah. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
“The security of the foundation is directly related the stability of the structure” blh
Note: The consuming fire of Yahweh’s presence is testing the temper and proving the integrity of our lives and work in this hour and the only thing that will be left standing at the end of the Day will be that which is built and established on the revelation of Messiah Yahshua, the Solid Rock Foundation” blh
20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.22Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on Yahshua out of a pure heart.
Note: The time has come to show forth the value of our worth by becoming a living witness to the praise of His Glory. That will involve separating ourselves from anything and everything that defiles, corrupts and contaminates. It will require a deep cleansing our hearts and souls in order to be qualified and set apart for the master’s use. In order to occupy an honored position in His house we must first become vessels of honor. He is presently looking for vessels of honor in which display, demonstrate and distribute throughout the earth.
23But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24And a servant of Yahshua must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if Yahweh perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Honor-Strongs-G5092 τιμή timē tee-may’ From- a value, that is, money paid, or valuables; by analogy esteem, or the dignity itself:—honour, precious, price, some.
Honor-Thayer- 1) a valuing by which the price is fixed 1a) of the price itself 1b) of the price paid or received for a person or thing bought or sold 2) honour which belongs or is shown to one 2a) of the honour which one has by reason of rank and state of office which he holds 2b) deference, reverence