“Be strong,” writes Paul to Timothy, who is both his spiritual brother and his spiritual son, “in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Paul encourages Timothy to “remember Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:8)
I tip my hat to Frank Viola, who speaks eloquently about Jesus being the solution to all of our problems; and how all of our problems originate in our looking for something higher, deeper and beyond Jesus. Mr. Viola catches my attention — he’s correct. Paul tells us the same truth — that Jesus is all we require if what we desire is to know the One true God.
Therefore, Paul reminds us to avoid “quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.” (2 Timothy 2:14) Instead, Paul tells us “to do [our] best to present [ourselves] to God as ones approved, workmen who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
And the Word of Truth is the gospel; and “God’s Word is not chained.” (2 Timothy 2:9) “Endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:10) In the sum of all truths, the most important is: “Remember Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:8)