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FRAMEWORKS: Paul's SECOND letter to Timothy

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Frameworks: 2 Timothy: INRODUCTION

Why Read 2 Timothy: It is a book of challenge in the context of apostolic encouragement. First (Ch.1) in a family context remembered in prayer, then in a reminder of the God-given gifting Timothy has. The challenge there is that we will have been gifted but we need to stir up that gifting and hold on to it, even if times seem tough. Opposition is to be resisted (Ch.2) and we need to work to be always available to the Lord to exercise the gifting He has given us. The same is true of persecution (ch.3) and final chapter 4 gives us a rare insight into the personal upheavals that even someone like Paul encounters in this battle for the kingdom. Yes, a reminder of spiritual warfare that even impacts on personal relationships. The overall call is to persevere in the face of all these things.



Frameworks: 2 Timothy 1

[Note: Because it is sometimes difficult to follow the flow of a letter like this, we have added a synopsis of each chapter & passage to help clarify where Paul is going with his writing.]


v.1-2 Greetings
v.3-5 Paul praying for Timothy
v.6-14 Appeal to Adhere to his Calling
v.15-18 Contrasting Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty


[Chapter 1 Synopsis: Encouragement for Timothy through Paul praying for him, and an exhortation to stir up his gift and hold onto the gospel.]



v.1-2 Greetings


v.1 (Paul the apostle called by God) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

v.2 (to his young protégé Timothy) To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.



v.3-5 Paul praying for Timothy


[Passage Synopsis: Praying for Timothy is a joyful experience as he remembers him and his family.]


v.3 (he thanks God for Timothy whenever he praysI thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

v.4 (he remembers all about him joyfully) Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.

v.5 (he remembers his godly family) I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.



v.6-14 Appeal to Adhere to his Calling


[Passage Synopsis: Boldly fire up God's gift in you, even though suffering, that's the gospel from the beginning of creation, so hold on to the gospel, guard it with the Spirit's help.]


v.6 (so stir up God's gift in you) 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.

v.7 (the Spirit wants you bold) For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

v.8 ( … and not ashamed) So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

v.9,10 (according to His own plan from before the world began, now revealed in Jesus, we are called to holy living) He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

v.11 (this is the gospel I was given) And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.

v.12 (which is why I'm suffering as I am but He will keep me) That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

v.13 (so what I shared with you, hold on to) What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.

v.14 (hold on to it with the help of the Spirit) Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.



v.15-18 Contrasting Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty


[Passage Synopsis: Most left me in Asia, but not Onesiphorus.]


v.15 (you know I was abandoned) You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

v.16-18 (though not by all) May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.



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