An often quoted verse is 2 Timothy 2:15, which says:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Let’s take a look at this verse in context.
The author is Paul.
The recipient is Timothy.
Timothy was the Pastor/Teacher of the church in Ephesus (1 Timothy 1:3).
Paul wrote an earlier letter to Timothy while Timothy was in Ephesus (1 Timothy).
In this letter, Paul explained why he wanted Timothy to remain in Ephesus: “...to command certain men not to teach false doctrines
Ephesians 1:3 tells us we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 says,
“Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.”
The word blessed means the wonderful good one person receives from the overwhelming kindness of another.
God the Father, in his overwhelming kindness, has blessed us wonderfully in Christ with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 2:7).
God’s overwhelming kindness is called grace and comes to us freely through what Jesus has done for us (Ephesians 1:6).
We walk in many places…
...our places of employment,
and many other places.
Wherever walk, we are encouraged to walk in love.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says,
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and WALK IN LOVE, just as Christ loved us and gaveHimself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.”
To walk in love means to relate to people, wherever they are and whoever they are, in patience, kindness, gentleness, peace, forgiveness, compassion, sacrifice, serving, etc.
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving[Greek word for forgiving, Charis, meaning to have grace upon each other]each other, just as in Christ God forgave[Greek word for forgave, Charis, meaning God has graced us with love, compassion, forgiveness, and kindness]you."
Don't grieve the Holy Spirit.
God’s love for us is great!
Ephesians 2:4-5 reveals God’s great love for each of us:
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved!”
Let’s look at the context of this verse so we can discover the depths of God’s great love.
Ephesians 2:1-3 says,
“As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
"Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight," says the LORD.(Jeremiah 9:23-24).
God delights in exercising or demonstrating loving kindness on the earth.
His heart is for his loving kindness to flow all over the earth.
We often hear a part of Ephesians 4:15 quoted by many believers.
part often quoted is:
the truth in love.”
what does this verse mean?
is the context?
there more to the verse than just this small part?
many people, it means that love speaks the truth.
is how most people use this part of the verse.
to this use of the verse, people are not loving if they do not speak the truth
but are loving if they do.
quote this part of the verse to defend themselves when they “speak the truth in
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit [give grace to] those who listen."
Grace not only changes how we live, but grace also changes how we talk.
Paul encourages the believers in Ephesus to avoid tearing each other down by speaking unkind words in unkind ways to each other but to build each other up by speaking words of grace to each other.
To speak words of grace to each other is to speak words of unconditional love, unearned blessings, unmerited kindness, and unlimited forgiveness.
We will live controlled by the labels we wear. The labels we wear will control our thoughts, emotions, desires, attitudes, and decisions.
We label ourselves according to our problems, addictions, sickness, race, hurts, past, social status, gender, political party, denomination, and the list goes on and on and on. How we label ourselves completely controls our lives.
How did Jesus label himself?
Jesus labled himself as loved one of the Father. The Father's Beloved.
Therefore, he lived a life of love.
Take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The Spirit uses the word of God as his sword to defend us against the
deceptive, dangerous, and destructive lies of Satan. The question is: What is the word of God Paul is referring to in Ephesians 6:17b?
Paul is referring back to Ephesians 1:13 when he said, "In him you
also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit..." In the context of Ephesians, the word of God is the word of truth, the
gospel or good news of God's grace about salvation (see my blogs on this website about Ephesians and the good news of God's grace)