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I Timothy 2 Part 2

New King James Version 8. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,

Now Paul reminds Timothy of what should be a key point of knowledge, a real center point, and a motivation in every believer’s life. That is, he reminds him that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. This was the great victory over sin and death that won back the human race from the terrible hole we had dug for ourselves when we sinned and went the way of Satan.

The Lord’s being raised is a key component of what Paul calls his gospel. There is a summary of Paul’s gospel in I Corinthians 15. Read the rest of this entry »

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II Timothy 2

New King James Version 1. You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

The Resultant Version 1. You therefore, my child, be invigorated by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Paul now speaks to Timothy his son. Yet the word here in Greek is not “son,” as the New King James Version has it. Once again, as we saw back in II Timothy 1:2, the Greek is teknon, “child,” as The Resultant Version has it. The Greek word huios or “son” carries with it the idea of authority and representation. Paul is not speaking of this. Rather, he is referring to Timothy as his child, a child whom he is confident will act in a way to please Paul, his father in the faith. Paul has been a father to Timothy in many ways. First of all, he led him to the faith initially. Since then, Timothy has learned from Paul and grown up watching Paul and becoming like Paul. As a true child, Timothy has emulated his father, Paul. Now Paul speaks to Timothy as his child and urges him to face the sad situation they were facing as he was doing it. He speaks of what he wants Timothy to do as his child in verses 1-7, and then speaks of what he himself as the father is doing in verses 8-10. Read the rest of this entry »

II Timothy 1 Part 4

New King James Version 12. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

The Resultant Version 12. For which cause I am suffering these things also, but I am not ashamed, because I am aware whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard what is committed to me against that day.

Now Paul says that it is for the cause of being a herald, a commissioned one, and a proclaimer of the gospel that he is suffering “these things” also. Yet we have not yet read of any sufferings of Paul. Timothy apparently knew what Paul was suffering, and was suffering himself, for we read in verse 4 of his tears. Yet we, as God’s people receiving this letter that was first addressed to God’s man Timothy, have not yet in this letter been informed of what these sufferings are. Read the rest of this entry »

II Timothy 1 Part 3

New King James Version 8. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,

In light of the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind that we have been given, Paul now urges Timothy to not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. We might, indeed, have plenty of opportunity to be ashamed. In a world that is increasingly hostile to all things having to do with God and morality, testifying to such things seems increasingly shameful to many. Moreover, when it comes to the Christian world, if we truly testify of the truth for today that God is not working through a religion but through individual faith in and identification with Jesus Christ, we will also find that we can suffer much difficulty. Many people are very attached to their religion, whether it is their religious rituals or their religious works. To question these will lead to anger and rejection. Read the rest of this entry »

II Timothy 1 Part 2

New King James Version 4. greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,

Paul now expresses to Timothy his great desire to see him. He wants to do this particularly because he is mindful of Timothy’s tears. Timothy has undergone a great sorrow since the last time Paul saw him. I believe this sorrow had to do with the rejection of Paul in Asia, which Timothy was there to witness. Of course, as Paul was rejected, Timothy Paul’s representative was also rejected and experienced that rejection first hand. Also, since Paul represented the Lord Jesus, He was rejected as well by those in Asia, though they doubtless never would have admitted it. Yet Paul knew that Timothy had experienced this great sorrow, and so this inspired him to want to see him. Read the rest of this entry »

II Timothy 1

New King James Version 1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

The Resultant Version 1. Paul, a commissioned one of Jesus Christ through the will of God, in harmony with the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

The book of II Timothy, like all of Paul’s books, starts off with the author’s name. We believe that this was because letters were written on scrolls at the time, and one would not want to roll the scroll all the way to the end to see who the author was before reading. Read the rest of this entry »

We have already studied through one letter of Paul to Timothy in our study of I Timothy. Therefore, we have already considered the man Timothy and who and what this young man was to whom Paul wrote these two letters. Timothy was a young man whom Paul chose to be the young assistant to himself and Silas when he started on his second apostolic journey. Timothy was probably in his mid-teens at the time, and he quickly rose in Paul’s estimation until he was sending him as his representative and to act on his behalf even before Timothy was out of his teen years. When we consider that this young man was acting as God’s representative to men some of whom might have been four times his age, we can see that great trust was placed in Timothy both by Paul and by God. Read the rest of this entry »