2 Timothy 1 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

  • v1-5 - The letter opens with the familiar introduction and benediction. This will be the last letter Paul writes before he dies. He's writing from prison, and his fatigue is evident as the letter unfolds.

  • The emotional bond between the Apostle Paul and his protégé Timothy is seen in v3-5.

  • Whereas Paul came to know salvation from a miraculous conversion experience on the Road to Damascus, Timothy had his faith nurtured from his mother and grandmother. It doesn't matter how fantastic or boring your testimony is, what matters is that you have been made secure in Christ.

  • v6-12 - Paul gives Pastor Timothy a really interesting command:

Fan into flame the gift of God (v6)
  • It would seem like a guy like Timothy had already 'arrived.'

  • If even Pastor Timothy had to put effort into building up the fire of his faith, how much more must you and I do so?

  • Paul's teaching here is in tension: we must put effort into fanning the flames of our faith, but we do so with the power, love and self-discipline that the Spirit gives us (v7).

  • v9-12 are a beautiful summary of Christianity:

  • We are saved and called to a holy (separated from the world) life;

  • This salvation is God's work, not ours.

  • This grace was given to us before anything else was created, but it's only recently been revealed.

  • Jesus Christ has destroyed death and ushered in immortality.

  • It's these truths that Paul's testifying to when he writes these familiar words:

For I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day (v12)
  • v13-18 - The Apostle Paul - the founder of Christ's ch