2 Timothy 2:8-10 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Bible Comments

Remember So as to be encouraged against, and supported under, any sufferings which thou mayest be called to endure for the truth; that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David According to the flesh; see on Romans 1:3; Hebrews 2:16; was raised from the dead And thereby demonstrated himself to be the true Messiah. So our translators have rendered the clause, understanding the sense to be, Remember and adhere to this important fact, as the great foundation of the gospel. But the original expressions, μνημονευε Ιησουν Χριστον εγηγερμενον εκ νεκρων, are, literally, Remember Jesus Christ raised from the dead, &c. That is, think on him, keep him continually in remembrance, and it will be instead of a thousand arguments to support thee under, and carry thee through, all thy dangers and difficulties, thy labours and sufferings. Wherein In the service of which gospel; I suffer trouble as an evildoer A malefactor, deserving some heavy punishment; even unto bonds Imprisonment and chains. But the word of God is not bound It will spread itself in spite of all opposition. “This short sentence,” says Macknight, “is a beautiful display of the apostle's character. The evils which he was suffering for the gospel, though great, he reckoned as nothing, because of the joy which he felt from his persuasion that the honour of Christ and the happiness of mankind would be promoted by his sufferings, and because he knew that all the opposition which infidels were making to the gospel, would not hinder it from being preached and believed. They have bound me in chains, said he, and may put me to death, but the word of God they cannot bind. Not only the strength of the apostle's reasoning here, but the energy of his expression is admirable.” Therefore In hope of a glorious reward, to be conferred in due time on them and myself. I endure all things for the elect's sake That is, that I may thereby promote the salvation of God's people. See on 2 Thessalonians 2:13. Observe the spirit of a real Christian! Who would not wish to be like-minded! That they may obtain salvation From sin and all its consequences, or deliverance from all evil; with eternal glory The enjoyment of all good.

2 Timothy 2:8-10

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

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

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.