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2 Timothy 3:14-15 speaks words of encouragement to Timothy. He has a heritage, a godly heritage. He has been taught God’s Word in the past, even from his childhood. Of all people, he should be able to hold fast to the truth.
As a person who did not have a Christian upbringing, I will readily confess that this statement makes me jealous of Timothy’s advantage. He had more years to learn the truth than I did before I faced adulthood and all its challenges. He had Christian family members he could turn to for help. His family gave him gifts that mine did not.
Because Timothy had these advantages, then, do we expect that life is easy for him? We should assume he will be able to walk through his life as a young adult who is caring for Christians with relative ease. But on the contrary, the apostle Paul feels a need to speak those words of encouragement. He would not do so if Timothy didn’t need them. “Continue in the truth! Remember what you have learned! After all, you are probably questioning the power of God’s Word. You may be doubting whether God has given you the words of life.”
It is not uncommon for me to meet people who were raised in Christian settings, who were taken to church frequently, whose family claims some sort of Christian faith, and who essentially don’t believe any of the Scripture. What they learned all those years doesn’t mean anything to them. Maybe they weren’t paying attention. Maybe the congregation wasn’t teaching the Scripture effectively. Maybe the young people were too busy eating pizza and playing ice-breaking games to attend to God’s Words of life. Or maybe their hearts were hardened and they were distracted by the cares of this world.
In these times I am moved not by the jealousy I might have for Timothy, but by the pity I have for those who have been around the Gospel but have never let it sink in. If Jesus has purchased forgiveness for all who believe and has risen from the dead as the firstfruits of a resurrection to eternal life, we should be deeply disturbed that some have managed to miss that message. It is the one great hope we have in this life and in eternity.
Apparently we all need to be reminded. Remember the Word of God. Remember Jesus.
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