2 Timothy 2:15-16

2 Timothy 2:15-16


Character of a Leader

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 2 Tim. 2:15-16”

Verses 14-16 Things demanded to Timothy:

charging them“. v. 14. The Greek word used for “charging” is “diamarturomai”, which mean “to confirm a thing by testimony, to testify, cause it to be believed”. Any person who has been called to a leadership position in the body of Christ, must encourage others to do this.

they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers”. v. 14 The expression “strive not about words” is from the Greek word “logomacheō”, which means, “to contend or argue about words, or to dispute about empty and trifling matters”. We do not argue or dispute the Scriptures. This doesn’t not mean that we won’t discuss subjects that might to be clear to someone; we won’t get into an argument with someone that is not teachable. If you argue with someone that has a preconceived ideas, such discussion will have as result “no profit” or “useless”. This is where many intellectual people struggled, so they rely in arguments, theories, and useless discussions. The Word of God is not to be imposes or force upon someone but rather it is expose in the love of God.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God. v. 15. The Greek word used for “Study” is “spoudazō”, which implied, “diligence, effort, and to haste”. The idea behind this word is in reference to person pushing himself to the max of his abilities. It is connected with “readiest to achieve a goal”. In this passage, this word is used in connection with “someone pushing himself with a strong effort to show himself approved unto God”. The Greek word “approved” is “dokimos”, which mean “accepted, pleasing or acceptable”. We must be diligent in every sense of the word, in being found acceptable into God”. This is the character  of someone that has been called to lead the body of Christ.

a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. v. 15. The expression “not to be ashamed” is from the Greek word “anepaischuntos”, which implied “such person have not committed an act which will bring shame upon him”. This “workman” had been diligently seeking to pleased God and that is that reason why he is vigilant and watchful in not to do an act that will bring shame to him or that will affect his message.

rightly dividing the word of truth“. v. 15. The Greek word used for “dividing” is “orthotomeō”, which mean, “to make straight and smooth, to handle aright, and to teach the truth directly and correctly”. Anyone that has been called into a leadership is compelled to do so. Why we have so many fallacies and false doctrines in many churches? why Christians people have different ideas and doctrines? the reason is found in here; “rightly dividing the word of truth“. Many Christians read a passage of the Scriptures and remove the passage out of its own context and by doing this, creating a fallacy. Anyone that says “God’s word speak to everyone in a different way”, such person does not know God’s word. God had inspired men to write His holy word, and His word is expressed in one language, which bring in harmony every text and every book of the bible. So, the real question is, How can I use God’s word in relation with me? In the application of the text. Let me explain it. God sent His word to corrected and predict situations or events related to man. Each passage of the Scriptures contain a specific message to address a specific subject. Each of this passages have a application meant by God, which involve God’s purpose. We read the passages and give them their proper interpretation, which is determine by the context in which the text was written. I must clarify that the context is “the parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning”. Including the original language, history, customs of the people, the circumstances that form the setting for the writer to address specific situations, prophecies, etc. We can not ignore all these elements when it comes to extract the meaning of a word, or expression. So, the application of a particular passage can be done under a limited sense and by the guidance of The Holy Spirit. We can’t just stretch or extend a meaning of a text out of the boundaries placed by God under the context in which the Scriptures was written.

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Rev. 22:18-19

These warnings not only applied to those who distort the meaning of the book Revelation but of the entire bible. This judgement will be fulfill in a literal sense upon anyone that misuse the Word of God.

So, any personal application of any passage of the Scriptures must be done in a limited sense. It is important to be sensitive to The Holy Spirit in the personal application of any passage. We should not force any text out of the own context, just to justify our own personal belief.

We are in need of ministers (servants) that will “rightly dividing the word of truth, or to teach the truth directly and correctly”. We need leaders that doesn’t compromise their Christians principles or values with the corrupted system. Anywhere in the Scriptures you see “compromise”, you find “loses”; Adam compromised his obedience to God’s word and cost him to lose his place with God and in the Garden. Gen. 3:1-17. Lucifer and the per-adamites compromised their obedience and faithfulness to God and judgement came upon them. Jer. 4:23-26; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:11-17. Many are compromising the principles and divine truths expressed by God in His own word, for material things and the lust of this world. 

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 Jn. 2:16-17

“rightly dividing the word of truth” not only means to give the true meaning but also the true application under the proper context. compare Mark 4:12, 20, 22-23.

But shun profane and vain babblings. v. 16. The Greek word used for “shun” is “periistēmi”, which mean, “to turn away for the purpose of avoiding something”. What are the things in the passage to turn away from? profane and vain babblings. What are the meaning of these?

“Profane”. It comes from the Greek word “bebēlos”, which mean “defile, contaminated and desecrate”. It is used of “a despiser of sacred things”, like Esau is an example of it in Heb. 12:16-17; Gen. 25:27-34; 27:1-46; Mal. 1:1-5. We are advised to avoid any connection with profane things.

vain babblings“. From the Greek word “kenophōnia”, which mean “empty discussion, discussion of vain and useless matters”. The results of these vain babblings is the increasing of ungodliness and corruption of mouth. Both “profane and vain babblings are also used in 1 Tim. 6:20 in the same sense.

These demands expressed in these passages are applicable to Timothy and to any person who has received a calling to lead in the body of Christ. Any minister or servant of God have to be wiling to correct anything that will obstruct God’s purpose in their lives.


May our God keep giving us strength to pursue His purpose for us!!





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