Useful to God

Ming Yong | Aug 07, 2017

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-26

2 Timothy 2:14-26 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

An Approved Worker

14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God[a] not to fight about words. This is useless and leads to the ruin of those who listen. 15 Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. 16 Avoid irreverent and empty speech, since those who engage in it will produce even more godlessness, 17 and their teaching will spread like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are among them. 18 They have departed from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and are ruining the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, bearing this inscription: The Lord knows those who are his,[b] and let everyone who calls on the name of[c] the Lord turn away from wickedness.

20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some for honorable[d] use and some for dishonorable.[e] 21 So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable,[f] he will be a special[g] instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

22 Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, because you know that they breed quarrels. 24 The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach,[h] and patient, 25 instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth. 26 Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.


  1. 2:14 Other mss read before the Lord
  2. 2:19 Nm 16:5
  3. 2:19 Lit everyone who names the name of
  4. 2:20 Or special
  5. 2:20 Or ordinary
  6. 2:21 Lit from these
  7. 2:21 Or an honorable
  8. 2:24 Or everyone, skillful in teaching
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