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2 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 Tim 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God and in the will of God writes this letter to Timothy, his dear son in the faith. Paul is writing from prison, not where he wrote the other epistles, being under house arrest and able to receive friends; but in a dark damp filthy Roman prison cell. He was allowed few visitors and he was to face the mad man Nero, the emperor of Rome. This was his final letter for he would be sentenced to death. Death has no power over us because of Christ Jesus and Paul trusted in Him.

2 Cor 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Because this was his last writing, it was more personal. Paul speaks from his heart to his young Pastor friend about things that are most important.

2 Tim 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

Paul gives thanks to God, the God of his forefathers, the God of Israel with a pure conscience, he had no regrets. Without ceasing he prayed for Timothy, day and night. A father or Spiritual father should pray always for his children.

2 Tim 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

Paul loved Timothy, and his loved was returned. Apparently tears were shed from the last time they parted. It is wonderful to know someone loves you and longs to be with you to share, to fellowship in the things of God.

2 Tim 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 knew his family well. A godly heritage. Note the importance that women played in shaping Timothy's life. There is a great need for godly mothers who stay home to raise their children.

2 Tim 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.

Remember those who have helped you and remember the gift you received that Paul confirmed in you by the laying on of hands. Do not let the gift that you have received, lay dormant, unused, stir up your gift.

Stir up from (anazopureo) to get a fire started from glowing embers. To blow air on burning coals, to make hot. To be on fire serving our Lord with strength and fervor. Paul wants Timothy to make use of his gift of knowledge and to teach with all of his heart the word of God.

Psa 35:22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O LORD, be not far from me.
Psa 35:23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.

Prov 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Stirring up, begins in the mind.

2 Pet 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Stir up your Spiritual gift from a pure heart and a sound mind. For God has not given you a spirit of fear. A spirit of fear can paralize you, making you afraid to move. Satan uses fear to keep us away from doing God's work. God gives you the Spirit of peace, of power, of love and a sound mind. A sound mind is moderation and self control.

2 Tim 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;

What are the afflictions of the gospel? The gospel cost Jesus his life. Most of the apostles were killed. Persecution is promised. Are we ashamed of Christ, hiding in fear? No, we must continue in his work for us.

2 Tim 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,

Who has saved us? Jesus saves us from our sins and death.

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We have a holy calling, by his grace unto good works.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Tim 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Jesus has appeared unto us. The only begotten Son from the Father, God in heaven.

1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Cor 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Cor 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1 Cor 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1 Cor 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1 Cor 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

1 Cor 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hold fast to sound words

2 Tim 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

Whereunto I am appointed a preacher (of the gospel), an apostle and teacher sent to the Gentiles. Jesus called Saul, the orthodox Jew who was a zealous persecutor of the church and turned him around to reach Gentiles, who the Jews called dogs. From Pharisee of the Pharisees to a dog catcher? Did he have regrets?

Phil 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Phil 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Phil 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Phil 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Phil 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Phil 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

2 Tim 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.

He was not ashamed. He was in the will of God.

Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

He had committed his life to Jesus and knew that he would be with him.

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

I used to be a scuba diver off the shores of Southern California. I saw one kelp forest of seaweed that appeared as trees rising from the ocean floor to the surface. The kelp (seaweed), was secured by a "holdfast" a gripping root that attached itself to a rock. We are to hold fast to the Rock that is Jesus, the Living word as we hold fast to his teachings. One of the greatest teachers after Jesus, was the apostle Paul. Did Paul teach the word of Jesus? Yes, by revelation from the Holy Spirit who teaches what he hears of the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
John 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.

Baptized in the Holy Spirit

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Revelation knowledge

Gal 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Gal 1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Gal 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
Gal 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

Gal 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
Gal 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

None of us walked with Jesus, yet like Paul, we have the scriptures and the revelation knowledge of the Holy Spirit.

Hold fast to these sound teachings, in faith and love which you have in Christ Jesus.

A charge to keep

2 Tim 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

That good word keep in your heart, keep it as from Jesus so the Holy Ghost can bring it to your remembrance. Share it with those in your church and those who cross your path and when persecution comes; remember these sound words of faith for yourself to be built up. Do not fail to keep these sound words always, for Paul may go shortly to Jesus. The gospel must continue to be preached. We learn from others who have labored before us. Continue to plant the seed and reap the harvest of souls.

Two who left the faith

2 Tim 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Paul at the end of his fruitful life was almost alone. He mentioned two men who had left him and the faith in Asia. Possibly from the church in Gatatia. Those who leave the faith often accuse others, the apostle, the church, you can't trust "organized churches?" Many they attack to justify their lack of faith and commitment. Do not listen to the slanderers. Those who tear down others are not serving the Lord. Jesus came to build his church, not to tear down. To offer grace, truth and love, the fruit of the Spirit.

2 Tim 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
2 Tim 1:17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.

A faithful friend, to the end. All are so busy in work and in ministries that we sometimes do not make the time to visit our friends. I think one of the saddest feelings is to reach the end and feel that we are left alone. I go with friends to visit rest homes every week and they are hungry for companionship and the touch of a friends hand. Let's plan time to visit those we love.

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

2 Tim 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Paul's good friend was from the Ephesian church. Let's here what Jesus said about that church in Revelation.

Rev 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Rev 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Rev 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

Nicolaitanes: They were seemingly a class of professing Christians, who sought to introduce into the church a false freedom or licentiousness, thus abusing Paul's doctrine of grace. They were immoral and in sexual sin.

The one fault of this church was that they had lost their first love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Onesiphorus, meaning "help bringer," was an exceptional Christian, for the way we show love for Christ is to love our imprisoned or needy brothers.

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me