Notes on II Timothy 2:19b
1. The seal on the foundation
A verb form of this word is used to describe the sealing of the tomb of Jesus. Matthew 27:66
This same word is used in reference to the 7 seals in the book of Revelation.
2. The twofold inscription on this seal
A framework for understanding the two fold inscription.
God → (Mystery) ← Man
The first part of the inscription: God intimate knowing His people.
The OT background: Genesis 4: 1, 17, 25 (See also I Peter 3:7)
The word “know” describes the marriage union.
The NT References:
Matthew 7:22-23, John 10:14, 27, (See also Romans 8:29)
The second part of the inscription: The response or responsibility of God’s people.
They call on His name. Romans 10:13, Matthew 28:19
They depart from unrighteousness.
Depart – The aorist form of the verb used here is “apostato” i.e.: “apostate”. Hebrews 3:12
Unrighteousness - The alpha privative is prefixed to a word to negate it. “a-righteousness”.
How do we “apostate from a-righteousness”?
Titus 2:11 – Focus on God’s grace. “The grace of God has appeared…. teaching us that… we should live… righteously..”
I John 1:9 – Appropriate that grace in our lives. “..He is faithful… to cleanse us from all “a-rightousness”…”
These are my notes from a recent SS lesson I taught when filling in for the regular teacher. Our SS class is going through II Timothy.
~ The Billy Goat ~