In the NASB the first two words in 2 Timothy 3:14 are, “You, however…” If you have been reading this blog much you will know that one of the things to which we continually return is the importance of observation in our engagement with the Bible. Structure is incredibly powerful in aiding our observation of a text. Here, Paul, uses a strong, emphatic contrast. That contrast, begs the question, “What is Paul contrasting here?” That question, of course, forces us to go back and reexamine the first part of the chapter.
When we look back there are several stunning elements in those previous verses that lend enormous weight to 2 Timothy 3:14 – 17.
In the next few days we will examine this in some detail. In the meantime take some time, look at 2 Timothy 3, jot down your thoughts, and let’s compare notes.