1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the #Titus 1:2promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, a #1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 2:1; Titus 1:4beloved son:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Timothy’s Faith and Heritage
3I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my #Acts 24:14forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5when I call to remembrance #1 Tim. 1:5; 4:6the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and #Acts 16:1your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6Therefore I remind you #1 Tim. 4:14to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For #John 14:27; Rom. 8:15; 1 John 4:18God has not given us a spirit of fear, #(Acts 1:8)but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
8#(Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26; Rom. 1:16); 2 Tim. 1:12, 16Therefore do not be ashamed of #1 Tim. 2:6the testimony of our Lord, nor of me #Eph. 3:1; 2 Tim. 1:16His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, #(Rom. 3:20); Eph. 2:8, 9not according to our works, but #Rom. 8:28according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus #Rom. 16:25; Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:2before time began, 10but #Eph. 1:9has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11#Acts 9:15to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, #1 Pet. 4:19for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Be Loyal to the Faith
13#2 Tim. 3:14; Titus 1:9Hold fast #Rom. 2:20; 6:17the pattern of #1 Tim. 6:3sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
15This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16The Lord grant mercy to the #2 Tim. 4:19household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. 18The Lord #Matt. 6:4; Mark 9:41grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord #2 Thess. 1:10in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he #Heb. 6:10ministered to me at Ephesus.