Beyond the Broadcast: God-Breathed Truth

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Beyond the Broadcast: God-Breathed Truth

“When we place value each day on what God has revealed in the Bible, we are well on our way to finishing well.” —Charles R. Swindoll

No runner enters a race hoping to come in second. Runners race to win. And although it’s important how they begin and to maintain a manageable pace, the difference depends on how much “kick” they have on the last lap.

What’s true on the track is true in life: the goal is to finish well. If it weren’t, Paul wouldn’t have told the Corinthians to “run in such a way that you may win,” (1 Corinthians 9:24 NASB).

Paul ran to win (2 Timothy 4:7–8) and he wanted the same for Timothy. But how? Here are four ways to finish well, found in 2 Timothy 3:14–17.

1. Continue in what you have learned

(2 Timothy 3:14)
Life isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. According to Paul, there are four legs to the journey. If we run each leg well, we’ll finish well. The first leg is: knowing the truth

2. Become convinced of what you know

(2 Timothy 3:15)
Knowing the truth starts us off, but we only hit our stride when we become convinced the truth is more than facts. This is the second leg: being convinced the truth is sacred

3. Place value on what God has revealed

(2 Timothy 3:15)
Now it’s time to quicken your pace. It’s not enough to know the truth or be convinced of its sacredness. This is the third leg: believe the sacred truth is the Word of God and treasure it

4. Allow truth to change your life

(2 Timothy 3:17)
It’s the last lap; the finish line is in sight. We need one more “kick” as we lunge towards the tape. Now is time for the final leg: applying the sacred truth of God’s Word

Timothy finished well (Hebrews 13:23) as a man of God who was a man of the Word of God. We too can finish well if we make a commitment to Scripture—to know it, believe it, treasure it, and live it.

“God-Breathed Truth” is from Chuck Swindoll’s series Paul’s Swan Song. You can stream this message online anytime at