Verses about the Apostles' "TRAVELS and ACTS"
Part 23 - PAUL'S SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY
Introduction to 2 Timothy & Location Map
Book 16 of 27 - PAUL'S SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY
Writer: The apostle Paul, his last recorded words
Date: c AD67, assuming Paul was re-arrested, and returned to Rome for trial and execution
Where written: Rome
Reader: Timothy, Paul's disciple and friend, and still a minister in Ephesus
Why: Paul's last letter before his presumed execution, in which he encourages Timothy in his difficult job as a young minister, and gives him further instruction. He also asks Timothy to visit him in Rome
According to Some Modern Scholarship: Written by an unknown Christian towards the end of the 1st century, using Paul's name and some of his original material to give the letter authority
Map - Paul Writes his Second Pastoral or Teaching Letter to Timothy
Map Key: Letter from 1 to 2
PAUL APPEALS TO TIMOTHY TO SHOW COURAGE
23.1 GREETINGS; PAUL'S AFFECTION FOR TIMOTHY
2 Timothy 1:1-4 - Paul, messenger by God's appointment in the promised life of Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my own dearly loved son: grace, mercy and peace be to you from God the Father and Christ Jesus, our Lord.
I thank God for your faith: guard it well
I thank the God of my forefathers, whom I serve with a clear conscience, as I remember you in my prayers. Every day and every night I have been longing to see you, for I can't forget how moved you were when I left you, and to have you with me again would be the greatest possible joy.
23.2 HE ENCOURAGES TIMOTHY IN HIS FAITH AND COURAGE
2 Timothy 1:5-7 - I often think of that genuine faith of yours - a faith that first appeared in your grandmother Lois, then in Eunice your mother, and is now, I am convinced, in you (Timothy) as well. Because you have this faith, I now remind you to stir up that inner fire which God gave you at your ordination. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind.
23.3 TIMOTHY SHOULD BE PREPARED TO SUFFER FOR THE GOSPEL AS PAUL HAS
2 Timothy 1:8-12 - So never be ashamed of bearing witness to our Lord, nor of me, his prisoner. Accept, as I do, all the hardship that faithfulness to the Gospel entails in the strength that God gives you. For he has rescued us from all that is really evil and called us to a life of holiness - not because of any of our achievements but for his own purpose. Before time began he planned to give us in Christ the grace to achieve this purpose, but it is only since our saviour Jesus Christ has been revealed that the method has become apparent. For Christ has completely abolished death, and has now, through the Gospel, opened to us men the shining possibilities of the life that is eternal. It is this Gospel that I am commissioned to proclaim; it is of this Gospel that I am appointed both messenger and teacher, and it is for this Gospel that I am now suffering these things. Yet I am not in the least ashamed. For I know the one in whom I have placed my confidence, and I am perfectly certain that the work he has committed to me is safe in his hands until that day.
23.4 PAUL'S TEACHING AS AN EXAMPLE TO TIMOTHY
2 Timothy 1:13-14 - So keep my words in your mind as the pattern of sound teaching, given to you in the faith and love of Jesus Christ. Take the greatest care of the good things which were entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
23.5 PAUL'S FRIENDS IN ASIA - THE DISLOYAL AND THE LOYAL
2 Timothy 1:15-18 - You will know, I expect, that all those who were in Asia have turned against me, Phygelus and Hermogenes among them. But may the Lord have mercy on the household of Onesiphorus. Many times did that man put fresh heart into me, and he was not in the least ashamed of my being a prisoner in chains. Indeed, when he was in Rome he went to a great deal of trouble to find me - may the Lord grant he finds his mercy in that day! - and you well know in how many ways he helped me at Ephesus as well.
23.6 TIMOTHY MUST APPOINT RELIABLE TEACHERS
2 Timothy 2:1-2 - So, my son, be strong in the grace that Jesus Christ gives. Everything that you have heard me preach in public you should in turn entrust to reliable men, who will be able to pass it on to others.
2 Timothy continues
in Part 70 with verses teaching about "Christian Life & Worship" 2: 3-7 Christian leaders then taken from verses 2:8-13 above:
in Part 53 with verses preaching the "Gospel of Jesus" 2: 8-13 Sharing Christ's suffering means sharing means sharing his glory
23.7 PAUL'S TREATMENT IN PRISON
2 Timothy 2:9a - For preaching this (the Gospel of the resurrected Christ) I (Paul) am having to endure being chained in prison as if I were some sort of criminal.
HOW TIMOTHY SHOULD DEAL WITH PRESENT PROBLEMS
23.8 TIMOTHY'S DUTY TO THE CHURCH AND TO GOD
2 Timothy 2:14-15 - Remind your people of things like this (... sharing Christ's suffering and glory), and tell them as before God not to fight wordy battles, which help no one and may undermine the faith of some who hear them.
For yourself, concentrate on winning God's approval, on being a workman with nothing to be ashamed of, and who knows how to use the word of truth to the best advantage.
23.9 FALSE TEACHING DESTROYS FAITH
2 Timothy 2:16-18 - But steer clear of these unchristian babblings, which in practice lead further and further away from Christian living. False teachings are as dangerous as blood-poisoning to the body, and spread like sepsis from a wound. Hymenaeus and Philetus are responsible for this sort of thing, and they are men who are palpable traitors to the truth, for they say that the resurrection has already occurred and, of course, badly upset some people's faith.
2 Timothy continues
in Part 70 with verses teaching about "Christian Life & Worship" 2:19-23 Christian conduct 2:24-26 Christian leaders DEALING WITH PROBLEMS TO COME 3: 1-5 Non-Christian behaviour 3: 6-9 False Christian teaching, false prophets, cults then:
23.10 TIMOTHY SHOULD KNOW WHAT PAUL HAS TAUGHT AND SUFFERED
2 Timothy 3:10-11a - But you, Timothy, have known intimately both what I have taught and how I lived. My purpose and my faith are no secrets to you. You saw my endurance and love and patience as I met all those persecutions and difficulties at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra (... Timothy came from Lystra, and was well known in Iconium, Acts 16:1-2).
2 Timothy continues
in Part 70 with verses teaching about "Christian Life & Worship" 3:11b-13 Trials of life then
23.11 TIMOTHY'S GROUNDING IN SCRIPTURE SINCE CHILDHOOD
2 Timothy 3:14-15 - Yet you must go on steadily in all those things that you have learned and which you know are true. Remember from what sort of people (such as his mother and grandmother, as well as Paul) your knowledge has come, and how from early childhood your mind has been familiar with the holy scriptures (... which become the Christian Old Testament, and ...), which can open the mind to the salvation which comes through believing in Christ Jesus.
Including verses 3:14-15 above, 2 Timothy continues
in Part 70 with verses teaching about "Christian Life & Worship" 3:15-17 The Holy Bible then:
23.12 PAUL EXHORTS TIMOTHY TO PREACH AND TEACH
2 Timothy 4:1-2 - I urge you, Timothy, as we live in the sight of God and of Christ Jesus (whose coming in power will judge the living and the dead), to preach the Word of God. Never lose your sense of urgency, in season or out of season. Prove, correct, and encourage, using the utmost patience in your teaching.
Including verses 4:1-2 above, 2 Timothy continues
in Part 70 with verses teaching about "Christian Life & Worship" 4:1-5 Christian leaders and concludes here in Part 54 - "Travels and Acts" with
23.13 PAUL PREPARES FOR DEATH
2 Timothy 4:6-8 - As for me, I feel that the last drops of my life are being poured out for God. The glorious fight that God gave me I have fought. The course that I was set I have finished, and I have kept the faith. The future for me holds the crown of righteousness which God, the true judge, will give to those who have loved what they have seen of him.
23.14 PAUL'S LONELY IMPRISONMENT; ONLY LUKE IS LEFT TO SUPPORT HIM
2 Timothy 4: 9-15 - Do your best (Timothy) to come to me as soon as you can. Demas, loving this present world, I fear, has left me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus is away in Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me now.
When you come, pick up Mark (John Mark, clearly reconciled with Paul after the events of the First Missionary Journey 20 years before, Acts 13:13) and bring him with you. I can certainly find a job for him here. (I had to send Tychicus off to Ephesus.) And please bring with you the cloak I left with Carpus at Troas (where Paul may have been arrested before his final imprisonment), and the books, especially the manuscripts. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm - the Lord will reward him for what he did - and I should be very careful of him if I were you. He has been an obstinate opponent of our teaching.
23.15 HE FORGIVES THOSE WHO DESERTED HIM; THE LORD SUSTAINED HIM
2 Timothy 4:16-18 - The first time I had to defend myself no one was on my side - they all deserted me. God forgive them! Yet the Lord himself stood by me and gave me the strength to proclaim the message clearly and fully, so that the Gentiles could hear it, and I was rescued "from the lion's mouth". I am sure the Lord will rescue me from every evil plot, and will keep me safe until I reach his heavenly kingdom. Glory be to him for ever and ever!
23.16 FINAL GREETINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS; A BLESSING
2 Timothy 4:19-22 - Give my love to Prisca and Aquila and Onesiphorus and his family. Erastus is still staying on at Corinth, and Trophimus I had to leave sick at Miletus.
Do your best to get here before the winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all here send their greetings to you. The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
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