1Paul, # Ac 13:9 an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, # 1Co 1:1; Eph 1:1; Col 1:1 for the promise of life # 1Jn 2:25; 5:12 in Christ Jesus:
2To Timothy, my dearly loved son.
Grace, mercy, and peace # 1Tm 1:2; 2Jn 3 from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience # Ac 23:1; 24:16; Rm 9:1; 2Co 1:12; 1Tm 1:19; 3:9; Heb 10:22; 1Pt 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; 5:22 7For God has not given us a spirit # Or us the Spirit of fearfulness, # Jn 7:13; 14:27; Rm 8:15 but one of power, # Lk 1:35; 4:14; 24:49; Ac 1:8; 4:33; Rm 15:13,19; 1Co 2:4; Eph 3:16,20; 1Th 1:5 love, # 1Co 13:1 and sound judgment.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
8So don’t be ashamed # Mk 8:38; Rm 1:16; 2Tm 1:12,16 of the testimony about our Lord, # Ac 4:33; 1Co 1:6; Rv 1:2,9; 12:17; 19:10; 20:4 or of me His prisoner. # Eph 3:1; 4:1; Phm 1,9 Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power # Lk 1:35; 2Co 13:4 of God.
9He has saved us and called us
with a holy calling, # Rm 8:28; 11:14,29; Heb 3:1
not according to our works, # Eph 2:9
but according to His own purpose # Pr 19:21; Is 42:6; 46:10; Ac 2:23; 4:28; 26:16; Rm 8:28; 9:11; Eph 1:11; Php 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 21:8; 2Tm 4:1; 1Jn 2:28 of our Savior Christ Jesus,
who has abolished death # Jn 8:51; Php 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 1:29; 2Tm 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; 6:20; Ti 1:3 until that day. # Php 1:6; 2Tm 4:8
Be Loyal to the Faith
13Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching # 1Tm 1:10; 6:3; Ti 1:9; 2:1 that you have heard from me, # 2Tm 2:2; 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; 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 7,20 and was not ashamed of my chains. # Ac 16:26; 20:23; 21:33; 23:29; 26:29; Eph 6:20; Phm 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