Paul made known to Timothy another principle, "The hard
working farmer has the right to be the first to enjoy the fruits of
his labor."  Therefore, if Timothy would work hard he would
enjoy the fruits of his labor and rightly so.  In another place, Paul
laid down the principle that if one does not work neither shall he
eat.  Hear he shows that he who works has the right to eat of his
labors, first.

Paul admonishes Timothy to consider what he has said, and prays
that God will give Timothy the understanding in all the things
that he needs to know concerning salvation.

6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Paul told Timothy to <remember> that Yahshua, The Messiah, a
descendent of David was resurrected from the dead <according
to his (Paul’s) gospel>.  There were other preachers of Satan
who were teaching that the resurrection was past already.  This
made the resurrection of The Messiah of little effect, as no one
would have been resurrected from that time forward.  But Paul
taught that the resurrection was yet future for all of mankind
and that it rested on the death and resurrection of The Messiah.  
Therefore, Paul calls it <his gospel> because it was in contrast to
the gospel that others were preaching.

8  Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the
dead according to my gospel:

Paul suffered trials as a person who had done wrong, even to the
point of being a prisoner.  But, the word of God is not subject to
the chains of men.

9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word
of God is not bound.

Paul was glad to endure hardship for those who had been called,
that they too could obtain salvation made possible by The
Messiah, Yahshua.  He was willing to suffer that others might
have a salvation with eternal glory.  

10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also
obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Paul gave Timothy some advice that can be trusted: If we are
dead with Him, we shall also live with Him.  Now what does it
mean to be <dead with Yahshua>?  Paul goes on to explain this
analogy.  If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.  Paul is not
referring to a downhill experience.  As we find our lives out of
sync with the ten commandments, we must suffer many times to
bring it into line with righteousness.  Others will persecute us
because we are trying to do what is right, calling us legalists.  
They love to taunt us, calling us the people who are trying to
save ourselves.  They are inspired of Satan the devil!  He who
says, "I know Him!" and does not keep His commandments is a
<liar> and the truth is not in him.  Of course, they are ignorant of
truth and cannot help themselves.  They are poor misguided souls
who are being used by Satan to try to cause someone who has
the holy spirit to lose his salvation.  

If we deny Him, He will also deny us.  To just give lip service to
God is not adequate.  We must suffer if we would reign with
Him.  If we don't believe all that God has said, if we don't
believe the terms of the covenant, in other words, if we are not
faithful, that does not make Him unfaithful.  God will remain
faithful to His own word.  He cannot deny Himself.  He <will>
deny us, if we deny Him by the action of our lives.

11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live
with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will
deny us:
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is
a liar, and the truth is not in him.  

Some of these preachers were twisting the words of God in
order to overthrow their hearers.  In other words, they were
trying to convert true believers to their lies.  Just as we have
these lying preachers today who twist Paul's writings to say that
salvation does not include the keeping of the commandments.  
They don't want to understand, and indeed cannot understand,
for their own lives project the evil they are upholding.  Timothy
was to remind the believers of this in order to put them on guard
concerning these preachers of lies.  The two words <them> as
placed below are not in the original.  These pronouns make it
sound like Timothy is to remind the preachers.  However, we
know that it would do no good to remind them.  They had already
been subjected to the spirit of Satan and could not understand.  
Timothy was to remind those who were still of the truth so that
hopefully they too would not be overthrown by these smooth
talking deceivers of evil.

There are preachers out there who even twist this very verse to
uphold their wrong conclusions about the doctrine of God.  They
try to say that as they are the "ministers" of God, only they can
understand His word, and that it is "others" who strive about
words that are leading the people astray because what they
teach is not according to the traditions of men.  As Daniel said,
only the wise will understand.  Only those who have the holy
spirit will understand, only those who keep the commandments
will understand.  

14  Of these things put <them> in remembrance, charging <them>
before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the
subverting of the hearers.

Therefore, because of these evil teachers, Paul tells Timothy and
by extension all of us to study to show ourselves approved to
God.  In other words, seek God's approval, not the approval of
men.  Be a workman who has no reason to be ashamed, dividing
the word of truth <rightly>.  

Now, everyone who teaches the Bible thinks that he is dividing
the word of truth <rightly>.  This is inspired of Satan for he
wants to confuse the issue.  In confusion, there can be great
progress toward the overthrow of the saints.  They become
discouraged and say, "Everyone is an idiot!  No one knows
truth."  However, in the midst of all the confusion, those who
have the holy spirit will be able to divide asunder truth from
error and will hold on in the face of hopelessness.  As The
Messiah said, My sheep hear My voice, and they know me.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known
of mine.  

Timothy was to avoid unholy and useless rhetoric for such
confusion leads to more ungodliness.  And such talk gets at a
person.  At first one's interest is caught and he begins to listen.  
The next thing you know, one is on the bandwagon for this wrong
idea.  It becomes a part of him and he cannot separate himself
from it.

canker:

1) Canker is gangrene, a disease by which any part of the body suffering
from inflammation becomes so corrupted that, unless a remedy is
seasonably applied, the evil continually spreads, attacks other parts, and
at last eats away the bones.

This had already happened to Hymenaeus and Philetus, who had
erred from the truth saying that the resurrection was already
past.  They had succeeded in overthrowing the faith of some that
had believed.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more
ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and
Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is
past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

We have to understand that it is Satan's business to throw into
the mix his ministers who don't understand the truth and who
cannot understand the truth.  He has even gotten some who were
once enlightened.  They are the most deceiving of all, for they
have some credit in the eyes of those who look on the person and
not on the truth of God.

Do not be deceived.  If it is not according to this word, it is
because there is no truth in them.  It is because they are of Satan
the devil.

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye
will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the
truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Paul tells us that the foundation, the system of truth laid down by
God is established, having this proof, God knows those who
belong to Him.  Now this is not a politically correct statement in
today's world, at least, in the United States.  It is not even
politically correct in the religious world that surrounds us!  To
dare and say that God has the final say as to who belongs to Him
is not politically correct.  It also flies in the face of relativism
that drives the thoughts of men and women great and small in
today's world.  However, God's people don't believe in
relativism.  We believe in absolutes!  

One way you can narrow down who belongs to God, is first of all
to cast aside those who believe in relativism.  Relativism says
that if a person thinks Sunday is the correct day to keep and
they keep that day, God will bend to their understanding of
"truth."  This way of thinking tells us that God is not powerful
enough to teach those who are His the way of truth.  On the
other hand, others say that it just takes God a long time to be
able to get that truth across and that maybe He is not at all
interested in getting the truth out to people He calls His own.

But, Paul tells us, "Let everyone who names the name of The
Messiah depart from iniquity."  What is iniquity?  One has to
know what iniquity is in order to depart from it.  Paul does not go
into what iniquity is here for he is speaking to Timothy who
knows what iniquity is.  For the everyday man, it is a deed
violating the law and justice, an act of unrighteousness.  

Now, let's get this down to a practical matter.  Sometimes we
hear words and don't understand what we are hearing.  What
Paul is saying to Timothy is that anyone who names the name of
The Messiah is to depart from any deed that violates the law.  
That he is to depart from any justification for those who are
violating the law, and that he is to depart from any act of
unrighteousness.  

Therefore, it is not good enough to live righteous yourself and
justify others who are not living righteous.  Those who uphold
Sabbath breakers, for instance, are party to their evil deeds!  
God will not bless those who uphold Sabbath breakers anymore
than those who are Sabbath breakers.  We must realize that we
have an obligation to not only keep the law, but to be able to
make right judgment toward others who are or are not keeping
the law.  

It is easy to see the reason for this.  If one blinds his eyes to
others that are sinning, and calls it righteous, or calls the person
ignorant of the truth and therefore, not bound by the truth, he is
a false judge and would not make a righteous judge.  We are to
be kings and priests in the kingdom, and must be able to make
right judgments.  Don't kid yourself that you will wake up in the
judgment and suddenly become a person who can make right
judgments even though you have always made wrong judgments
in this lifetime.  If there were an automatic button of some sort
to build character, God would have used it to begin with rather
than put us through the sorry state of being human.  That is what
this life is all about.  Those who are His, are learning what the
law says, and how to measure themselves against the law, and
are able to realize when someone else is living in accordance
with the law.  The absence of such judgment is very indicative of
a lack of the holy spirit.  For the holy spirit is the mind of God
and He knows what is right and what is wrong and is not at all
intimidated in calling black, black and white, white.  

But, this all goes back to the teaching of relativism in our
schools.  The minds of the people are poisoned with it and they
cannot make right judgments, for they feel that what is right for
one person is wrong for another person, and visa versa.  Please
note that Paul did not say for us to depart from that which we
think iniquity may be!  Paul gives us every reason to believe that
there is something called iniquity and that regardless of whom
you may be - that something applies to you!  Relativism says that
a person who believes that Sunday is the "Sabbath" is correct
and accepted by God if he keeps Sunday as the "Sabbath."  
Absolutism says that the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week,
commonly called Saturday.  There are no exceptions to this law.  
Anyone who cannot see this is blind and cannot see afar off.

19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his.  And, Let every one that nameth the
name of Christ depart from iniquity.

iniquity:

1) injustice, of a judge
2) unrighteousness of heart and life
3) a deed violating law and justice, act of unrighteousness  

But, in the ostentatious church there are all kinds of teachers
and members.  Some are as pure as gold, teaching and obeying
the truth.  Others are lesser - silver, but nevertheless honorable,
teaching and obeying the truth.  But, there are also false
teachers and members who teach and live falsely.  Some are
perceived as wood, and some are no more honorable than the
ground one walks upon.  The first two analogies are teachers and
members of honor, and the second two analogies are teachers
and members of dishonor.

We have seen this well demonstrated in our day.  Those teachers
who teach that others may break the law and find honor with
God!  Those who live as though their lives were nobody's
concern but themselves.  But, we don't live to ourselves!  We
live unto God and there will be a day of reckoning.  The main
concern is for teachers.  They must know how to judge evil as an
absolute, and not as relativism.

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver,
but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to
dishonour.

Now, what did Paul mean when he said, "If you purge yourself
from <these>, you will be a vessel to honor.”  In the previous
verse he was speaking of two kinds of people who were
compared to gold and silver, or wood and dirt.  If we consider
that this verse is tied to the previous verse, this tells us that we
are to separate ourselves from these false teachers and
members.  And if we consider the previous verse than we are to
separate ourselves from iniquity.  By doing these two things, we
will be fit for God's use, and prepared for every good work.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto
honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto
every good work.

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