Timothy Chapter 1
Memory verses for this week:
121:2 My help cometh
from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psa 121:3
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee
will not slumber.
In chapter 6 of I Timothy, we studied about the relationship
between slaves and masters, and discussed how this holds true in
employee/employer relationships today.
Paul spoke of how godliness with contentment was a great
thing, and urged young Timothy to always teach accurate and sound
doctrine. We begin a
study this week on the second letter that Paul wrote to Timothy.
2 Tim 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 Tim 1:2
To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace,
from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I love how that Paul always immediately identifies himself as
an apostle of Jesus Christ. We
should be so bold in our daily walk to always want people to know
that we are a child of the king and serve a risen Savior in Jesus
Christ. You can
see how close Paul and Timothy were, as Paul calls him ‘my dearly
beloved son.’ Most bible students that have done a lot of study in
God’s Word think that Paul was never married.
While it appears to be accurate to me, I read recently where
someone said that this verse proved that Paul was married, since
Timothy was Paul’s son.
That is a far reach.
Timothy was saved under Paul’s ministry, and there was a
close relationship between the two, but Timothy was not the blood
son of Paul.
Thoughts of Timothy
2 Tim 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure
conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my
prayers night and day;
2 Tim 1:4
Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears,
that I may be filled with joy;
2 Tim 1:5
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in
thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother
Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
Paul was truly grateful for what he saw in this young man.
He said that he prayed for him both night and day.
We see two great things about Paul in verse 3.
First off, he served God with a clear and pure conscience,
and that he prayed constantly.
These are things that all of us should be known for doing.
As we read last week in our prior lesson, God’s desire is
for us to serve him with pure hearts.
In verse 4, Paul expresses his desire to see this young man
again, and remembers the tears they shed when they last parted.
This was perhaps the time when Paul had to leave Ephesus
Paul remembered the faith that Timothy had, and it filled him with
great joy. Any of
you here today that do not think you drastically mold the mind of
your child or grandchild, note how that Timothy’s faith was built
from his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois.
Our parents and grandparents have a lot to do with how we
grow up and the values that we live by.
Timothy was blessed with a Godly mother and grandmother, and
their efforts paid great dividends as Timothy grew up to be in the
ministry with great faith towards God.
22:6 Train up a child
in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from
III. Stirring up the Gift in Timothy
2 Tim 1:6
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the
gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
2 Tim 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind.
It appears that when Timothy was ordained, a special gift was
conferred on him at this time.
The gift appears to be the spirit of boldness and courage.
It says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of
power and a sound mind. So
many times we fear for the worst, when God is not about to let
something bad happen to us.
And if bad times come, Satan can only go as far as God allows
as we studied in last week’s doctrine lesson.
The Devil had many opportunities given to test Job, but each
time, God set the boundaries that Satan could go.
I read something on a bumper sticker last week, and it is so
true. It said: “There
is nothing that will come up today that Jesus and I can’t handle.
1 Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by
prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs
with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also
J. Vernon McGee had this to say about stirring up the gifts
God had given Timothy.
Paul put his hands on Timothy, that meant that Timothy was a partner
with Paul; he shared with him the gift of teaching the Word of God.
I am of the opinion that Paul intended for his mantle to fall upon
Timothy. This young man was close to Paul, and when Paul was in
prison in Rome, he said of Timothy, “… I have no man likeminded
…” (Phil. 2:20). Here was a man who could carry on the teaching
and preaching of Paul, and therefore Paul made him his partner. They
were together in the ministry.
Now notice that Paul admonishes Timothy to “stir up
the gift of God, which is in thee.” This man
had a gift, and Paul urges him to stir it up. What would that
indicate to you? I wonder if Paul was concerned about Timothy there
in Ephesus. Ephesus housed the temple of Diana and was one of the
great “sin spots” in the Roman world. Paul had spent three years
in Ephesus himself, and he knew that there were many allurements and
enticements in the city. I wonder if he was afraid that Timothy
might be reluctant and hold back from teaching the whole counsel of
God. We can see Paul’s concern for this young man whom he called
“my dearly beloved son.”
IV. Be Not
Ashamed of the Lord
2 Tim 1:8
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord,
nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of
the gospel according to the power of God;
Many people who call themselves Christians are ashamed of
Jesus Christ, and do not want to be identified with Him.
That always makes me wonder about a person’s true
salvation. When you
look at what Jesus has done for us, we should be eager to tell
others about what He has done for us.
therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also
before my Father which is in heaven.
10:33 But whosoever
shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father
which is in heaven.
Paul was certainly proud to be identified with Jesus Christ,
and called himself a prisoner of the Lord.
He was in prison due to his testimony of loving the Lord, but
Paul never wavered. He
even spoke of that desire to come to know Jesus in a greater way,
and to know the fellowship of His sufferings.
3:8 Yea doubtless, and
I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all
things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
3:9 And be found in
him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but
that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which
is of God by faith:
3:10 That I may know
him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his
sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
3:11 If by any means I
might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Henry said this about suffering for the cause of the Gospel.
We have no
reason to be ashamed either of the testimony of our Lord or of his
prisoners; if we are ashamed of either now, Christ will be ashamed
of us hereafter. “But be thou partaker of the afflictions of the
gospel, according to the power of God, that is, expect afflictions
for the gospel’s sake, prepare for them, count upon them, be
willing to take thy lot with the suffering saints in this world. Be
partaker of the afflictions of the gospel;” or, as it may be read,
Do thou suffer with the gospel; “not only sympathize with those
who suffer for it, but be ready to suffer with them and suffer like
them.” If at any time the gospel be in distress, he who hopes for
life and salvation by it will be content to suffer with it. Observe,
[1.] Then we are likely to bear afflictions as well, when we fetch
strength and power from God to enable us to bear them: Be thou
partaker of the afflictions of the gospel, according to the power of
God. [2.] All Christians, but especially ministers, must expect
afflictions and persecutions for the sake of the gospel. [3.] These
shall be proportioned, according to the power of God (1 Cor. 10:13)
resting upon us.
2 Tim 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not
according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2 Tim 1:10
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour
Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel:
I praise God that salvation comes to us not by our works, but
according to the purpose and grace of God. In eternity past, God made a covenant with the Son to
come and die for the sins of all mankind.
The decision for Jesus to shed His blood for mankind was put
into place before Adam was ever created or a sin had been committed.
Verse 10 says that this purpose and grace were manifested by
the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Cor 15:53 For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
Cor 15:54 So when this
corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall
have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Cor 15:55 O death,
where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Cor 15:56 The sting of
death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
Cor 15:57 But thanks be
to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
14:21 He that hath my
commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that
loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will
manifest myself to him.
2 Tim 1:11
Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a
teacher of the Gentiles.
2 Tim 1:12
For the which cause 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 that which I have committed unto him against
Paul was given special authority from the Lord to deal with
the Gentiles, and was known as the apostle unto the Gentiles.
He says in verse 11 that he was appointed a preacher, and an
apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
I suppose that verse 12 is one of my favorite verses in the
bible, probably in my top five.
Like Paul, I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded
that HE is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against
that day. Thank God it
is not I that keeps my salvation, but it is Jesus Christ.
Paul urges Timothy to look at his
own example, and says that, amidst all his own trials, he had never
seen occasion to be ashamed of the gospel.
V. Some Turned Away from Paul
2 Tim 1:13
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of
me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Tim 1:14
That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the
Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Paul knew that some had turned away from the truth and he
commands Timothy to hold fast that form of sound words which he had
heard from him. We
should all as Christians be known as men and women that stand by
true doctrine, even though not popular with the world.
I read in the paper yesterday that a certain group was
preparing a bible that was going to take out all negative references
to the Jews to be less offensive.
I would fear for my life if I set out to destroy God’s Word
in order to become more socially acceptable. We
are warned in both the Old and New Testaments to not take away nor
add to the word of God.
4:2 Ye shall not add
unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought
from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God
which I command you.
12:32 What thing soever
I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor
diminish from it.
22:18 For I testify
unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,
If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the
plagues that are written in this book:
22:19 And if any man
shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God
shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the
holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Verse 14 says that the Holy Ghost dwells in the believer and
enables us to walk with God and to be well pleasing in His sight.
2 Tim 1:15
This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned
away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
It says that all in Asia turned from Paul.
We should not be surprised when others don’t stay the
course. Even Peter, one
of those who was dearly loved by Christ, turned from Jesus on that
awful night when they come and took Jesus to be tried for the
accusations made against him. But
all were false, but Peter denied Christ 3 times before the cock crew
twice, and when it crew, Peter remembered what Jesus had said to
14:30 And Jesus saith
unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night,
before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
14:31 But he spake the
more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in
any wise. Likewise also said they all.
14:67 And when she saw
Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also
wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
14:68 But he denied,
saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he
went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
14:69 And a maid saw
him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of
14:70 And he denied it
again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter,
Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy
speech agreeth thereto.
14:71 But he began to
curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
14:72 And the second
time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus
said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me
thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
VI. One Who Was
a Blessing to Paul
2 Tim 1:16
The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft
refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
2 Tim 1:17
But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently,
and found me.
2 Tim 1:18
The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in
that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus,
thou knowest very well.
Onesiphorus was a blessing to Paul and was one who had often
refreshed Paul. He
was one who was not offended by the chains that tied Paul down in
the Roman Jail. Some
might have tried to find Paul, and when it was difficult, they might
have turned back. But Onesiphorus kept seeking Paul in those Roman Prisons
until he found him. Paul
asks that the Lord bless him special and give him mercy for all the
wonderful things he did for him.
And believe me, God did bless Onesiphorus.
Many of the things we do for the Lord are blessed here and
now in this life, but if not, we will receive a reward for them
during that thousand year millennial reign of Jesus Christ one day.
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