2 Timothy 4:14-18

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A Continuation of Paul’s Personal Remarks to Timothy

2 Timothy 4:14-18

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Lesson Number 19

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord will support His people through times of opposition.
  2. The Lord will strengthen His people for testimony.
  3. The Lord will deliver His people from failure.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s use our common sense.
  2. Never take your own revenge.


  1. Why did Christians desert Paul during his time of trial?
  2. What are the two forms of opposition here? Give an example of each.
  3. Do Christians face opposition today?


  1. Out of fear. It was dangerous to be an outspoken Christian in Rome, and it was especially dangerous to be associated with Paul, Christianity’s leading spokesman.
  2. a. Active opposition, as in the case of Alexander the coppersmith, when he actively tried to harm Paul, and when he actively resisted Paul’s words (2 Timothy 4:14-15). b. Passive opposition, when at Paul’s defense no one supported him.
  3. Yes. For example, when Christians in key positions fail to do things to further the kingdom of God out of fear for their jobs (passive opposition). Active opposition is seen in many areas, particularly when Christians are speaking out for their faith. Even today, Christians around the world are being martyred for the sake of the gospel.


  1. Have you ever felt the Lord’s strengthening when you’ve witnessed? If so, be specific in your answer, giving details of the situation and your surge of strength.
  2. Have you sensed the Lord’s deliverance from failure in your life? Again, be specific in your answer.


  1. It’s very easy to want to justify ourselves when we are wronged, and to want to take revenge. Why shouldn’t we? Support your answer with Scripture.

Key Verses

  • “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me…also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.” 2 Timothy 4:17
  • “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” 2 Timothy 4:18

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