2 Timothy 1

Paul's Greeting to Timothy

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by [the] will of God, according to [the] promise of life in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, [my] beloved child: Grace, mercy, [and] peace from God [the] Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Encouragement to Be Faithful

I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as did [my] forefathers, as I constantly remember you night and day in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am convinced [is] in you as well.

Patience in Persecution

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God {has} not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self-control. So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, [or] of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by [the] power of God. [He] has saved us and called [us] with a holy calling, not because of our [own] works, but by His own purpose and [by the] grace He granted us in Christ Jesus before time eternal. 10  And now He has revealed [this grace] through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, [who] has abolished death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the gospel, 11  to which I was appointed a preacher, apostle, and teacher. 12  For this reason, even [though] I suffer [as I do] , I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted [to Him] for that day.

Hold to Sound Teaching

13  Hold on [to the] pattern of sound teaching you have heard from me, with [the] faith and love that [are] in Christ Jesus. 14  Guard the treasure entrusted [to you] , with the help of [the] Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 15  You know that everyone in [the Province of] Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16  {May} the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he has often refreshed me and was unashamed of my chains. 17  Indeed, when he arrived in Rome, he searched diligently [until] he found me. 18  {May} the Lord grant [Onesiphorus] [His] mercy on that day. You know very well how much he ministered [to me] in Ephesus.
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