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Greeting
1Paul, #Ac 13:9 an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, #1Co 1:1Eph 1:1Col 1:1 for the promise of life #1Jn 2:25|NoBook| 5:12 in Christ Jesus:
2To Timothy, my dearly loved son.
Grace, mercy, and peace #1Tm 1:22Jn 3 from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thanksgiving
3I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience #Ac 23:1|NoBook| 24:16Rm 9:12Co 1:121Tm 1:19|NoBook| 3:9Heb 10:221Pt 3:21 as my ancestors did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. #Eph 1:6 4Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, 5clearly recalling your sincere faith #1Tm 1:5 that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, #Ac 16:1 and that I am convinced is in you also.
6Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze # Or to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. #1Tm 4:14|NoBook| 5:22 7For God has not given us a spirit # Or us the Spirit of fearfulness, #Jn 7:13|NoBook| 14:27Rm 8:15 but one of power, #Lk 1:35|NoBook| 4:14|NoBook| 24:49Ac 1:8|NoBook| 4:33Rm 15:131Co 2:4Eph 3:161Th 1:5 love, #1Co 13:1 and sound judgment.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
8So don’t be ashamed #Mk 8:38Rm 1:162Tm 1:12 of the testimony about our Lord, #Ac 4:331Co 1:6Rv 1:2|NoBook| 12:17|NoBook| 19:10|NoBook| 20:4 or of me His prisoner. #Eph 3:1|NoBook| 4:1Phm 1 Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power #Lk 1:352Co 13:4 of God.
9He has saved us and called us
with a holy calling, #Rm 8:28|NoBook| 11:14Heb 3:1
not according to our works, #Eph 2:9
but according to His own purpose #Pr 19:21Is 42:6|NoBook| 46:10Ac 2:23|NoBook| 4:28|NoBook| 26:16Rm 8:28|NoBook| 9:11Eph 1:11Php 2:13 and grace,
which was given to us in Christ Jesus
before time began.
10This has now been made evident
through the appearing #Lk 21:82Tm 4:11Jn 2:28 of our Savior Christ Jesus,
who has abolished death #Jn 8:51Php 3:10
and has brought life #1Jn 5:12 and immortality to light
through the gospel.
11For this gospel I was appointed #1Tm 2:7 a herald, apostle, and teacher, # Other mss add of the Gentiles 12and that is why I suffer #Php 1:292Tm 2:9 these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me # Or guard what I have entrusted to Him, or guard my deposit #1Tm 1:11|NoBook| 6:20Ti 1:3 until that day. #Php 1:62Tm 4:8
Be Loyal to the Faith
13Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching #1Tm 1:10|NoBook| 6:3Ti 1:9|NoBook| 2:1 that you have heard from me, #2Tm 2:2|NoBook| 3:14 in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you. 15This you know: All those in Asia #Ac 6:9|NoBook| 16:6 have turned away from me, #2Tm 4:10-16 including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16May the Lord grant mercy #Lk 1:50 to the household of Onesiphorus, #2Tm 4:19 because he often refreshed me #Phm 7 and was not ashamed of my chains. #Ac 16:26|NoBook| 20:23|NoBook| 21:33|NoBook| 23:29|NoBook| 26:29Eph 6:20Phm 10 17On the contrary, when he was in Rome, #Rm 1:7 he diligently searched for me and found me. 18May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy #Lk 1:50 from Him on that day. And you know very well how much he ministered at Ephesus. #Eph 1:1
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