2 Timothy Chapter 1

August 24, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Timothy. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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2 Timothy is written around 66/67 AD, approximately three or four years after 1 Timothy was written. This was a difficult time in the life of the church in the Roman empire. The emperor, Nero had begun a major persecution of the church in 64 AD as part of a cover up to pass the blame for the great fire of Rome from himself to the Christians. This persecution spread across the empire and included social outcasting, public torture and murder of believers. These are the last words we have from Paul.

2 Timothy 1:1-18 (NIV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.

2 Timothy 1:1

The promise of the life that is in Christ. Now and forever, full and abundant life. A life that the enemy tries to steal away from us with tricks and lies. An amazing life, where Holy God sees us in the perfection of His Son and allows us access to the Most Holy Place 24/7.

And, even when we are going through difficult times, we have the confidence of knowing that the best is yet to come!

2 Timothy 1:2-5

This letter is written to Timothy. Timothy had accompanied Paul on the second and third missionary journeys, and Paul had sent him to Ephesus to oversee the church there. Paul thinks of Timothy as his son in the faith. Timothy had a strong Christian influence from his mother and grandmother who had been early converts under Paul’s ministry in their home city of Lystra.

Acts 16:1-5 (NIV)
1 He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek. 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.

2 Timothy 1:6-8

Paul encourages Timothy to have courage in these difficult times and to put into practice the gifts that God had given him for ministry.

We all need to remember 2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:9-10

These verses are a summary of the Good News, the gospel message. We have all sinned. God loves us so much that He makes a way for us in Christ to be reconciled to Him. Not by works, but by believing in Him and what He has done for us at the cross.

2 Timothy 1:12-18

Even as Paul knows that he is ending the end of his own journey, he encourages Timothy to keep pressing in and pressing on in Jesus. God would be with Him and give him everything he needed to fulfill the calling and purpose God had for his life. God is faithful and can be trusted.

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