2 Timothy 1
While this letter is addressed to Timothy, by virtue of its being recorded and preserved as Holy Scripture it is applicable to all of the called out today.
2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Timothy was taught godliness by his mother and grandmother.
We are to diligently teach a passionate zeal for the whole Word of God to our children, and if they are not called now they will still be well prepared for their future calling.
This does not mean that we are to be brutal bullies trying to beat godliness into them, it means that from the moment of birth we are to bond with them, to spend much loving affectionate time with them, constantly ENCOURAGING them towards what is right; and to patiently teach them the way that they should go.
1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers [Paul also came from a family who had zealously served God to the best of their understanding; Paul being taught a zeal for God by his parents and forbearers.] with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee [Paul payed for Timothy and we should pray for our own families and for others, that God would open their understanding to his Word.] in my prayers night and day; 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
Paul said that after Timothy was ordained by the congregation, Paul also later laid hands on Timothy that he might receive the Holy Spirit.
Timothy is told to stir up, to exercise and use God’s Spirit, which he had received as a gift from God; just as we all are to stir up God’s gift of the Holy Spirit which we received at our sincere repentance and baptism.
1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
God’s Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father and Jesus Christ living in us, and it is the Spirit of power to overcome all evil just as Christ overcame. See our Holy Spirit article.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and godly love and a passionate love to learn and to live by every Word of God. It is the Spirit of a sound mind to understand and retain spiritual things and of power to control our sinful nature. God’s Spirit is the very nature of God!
1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Be not ashamed to boldly declare and live by every Word of God!
In preaching, do not shrink back from declaring the whole Word of God; do NOT sinfully give way to an inoffensive Business Model Outreach. Do not compromise with or water down the truth of God into weak platitudes and mere words without the required works of faith!
1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 1:10 But is now made manifest by the [first] appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death [Jesus Christ abolished the penalty of eternal death for sin for the sincerely repentant, by dying for us in our place.], and hath brought [the knowledge of eternal life] life and immortality to light through the gospel: 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
Paul was not ashamed of Jesus Christ and neither should we be ashamed of the way to eternal life. Are we not willing to endure when our LORD suffered so much?
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
We should KNOW that God the Father who raised up Jesus Christ because Jesus was not ashamed of the truth of the Father; will raise us up also, if we are not ashamed of the truth of God the Father and of the Son!
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Brethren, whoever compromises with the whole Word of God; IS, by denying the Word of God also denying God the Father and the Son!
2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
We are to hold fast to the whole Word of God including the scriptural words of Paul.
1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words [the Holy Scriptures] , which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
1:14 That good thing [the whole Word of God] which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Very many have twisted the words of Paul into the exact opposite of their intended meaning in an attempt to justify continuing in sin. We see in these studies the true meaning of the words of Paul and we can now understand Paul’s great zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.
Even in Paul’s day some of the called out were deceived and led astray and our Lord warned us that in these last days (Mat 24) that MANY false teachers will arise within the Ekklesia.
1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
Onesimus had fled his master Philemon’s home to seek out Paul to learn more about God. He was a great help to Paul, but later Paul sent him back to his master with the Epistle of Philemon. It appears that his master Philemon then gave Onesimus permission to return to and help Paul.
1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus [Onesimus of the books of Colossians and Philemon]; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 1:17 But, when he was in [Philemon apparently gave his servant Onesimus consent to seek Paul in Rome] Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.
1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day [in the resurrection to spirit]: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou [Timothy] knowest very well.