Scripture: II Timothy 1

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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II Timothy 1:1-18 (WEB) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy; having been reminded of the sincere faith that is in you, which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also.  For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News. 11 For this I was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For this cause I also suffer these things.  Yet I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed to him against that day.  13 Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.  15 This you know, that all who are in Asia turned away from me, of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain, 17 but when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently and found me 18 (the Lord grant to him to find the Lord’s mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Paul refer to Timothy (II Timothy 1:2)? Paul referred to Timothy as his beloved child.

2. For what was Paul longing (II Timothy 1:4)? Paul was longing to see Timothy.

3. What kind of faith did Paul say Timothy had (II Timothy 1:5)? Paul said he was reminded of Timothy’s sincere faith.

4. How did Paul describe the spirit that God gives to us (II Timothy 1:7)? Paul said God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but (a spirit) of power, love and self-control. 

5. Why and by what are we to endure hardship (II Timothy 1:8-9)? We are to endure hardship for the Good News by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of God’s own purpose and grace.  This grace was given to us through Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

6. How was this grace revealed (II Timothy 1:10)? This grace was revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News.

7. To what positions was Paul appointed (II Timothy 1:11)? Paul was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

8. What do you believe “guard that which I have committed to Him” mean (II Timothy 1:12)? My Bible notes: This phrase could mean: (1) Paul knew that God would guard the souls of those converted through his preaching; (2) Paul trusted God to guard his own soul until Christ’s second coming; (3) Paul was confident that, though he was in prison and facing death, God would carry out the gospel ministry through others such as Timothy.  Even in prison, Paul knew that God was still in control.  No matter what setbacks or problems we face, we can trust fully in God.

9. What did Paul say to hold (II Timothy 1:13)? Paul wanted what he had taught (his foundation teachings) to be held onto.

10. What did Paul want to be guarded (II Timothy 1:14)? Paul wanted what he had taught (his foundation teachings) to be guarded.

HEAR the WORD

II Timothy 1:6 For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  My Bible notes: At the time of his ordination, Timothy had received special gifts of the Spirit to enable him to serve the church.  In telling Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God” Paul was encouraging him to persevere.  Timothy didn’t need new revelation or new gifts; he needed the courage and self-discipline to hang on to the truth and to use the gifts he had already received. When we use the gifts God has given us, we will find that God will give us the power we need.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Timothy 1:7 For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 

II Timothy 1:9 (God) … 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 …

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Who is the foundation of my faith?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Who is the foundation of your faith?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will remember others as we talk to You (II Timothy 1:3).  Lord, I pray our faith will be sincere (II Timothy 1:5).  Lord, I ask You to stir up the Holy Spirit within us (II Timothy 1:6). Lord, I pray we will testify about You (II Timothy 1:8).  Lord, thank You for saving us and calling us to a holy life (II Timothy 1:9).  Lord, I pray we will be convinced that You are able to guard what we have entrusted to You (II Timothy 1:12).  Lord, I pray we will guard the Good News (II Timothy 1:13-14).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.  

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I guard our heart and our mind.” <>< Dona