Book of 2ndTimothy
One of the three Pastoral Epistles.
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|Apostle Paul (v 1:1), witting from Rome.||
This letter was written to Timothy, who was a pastor in Crete.
In the epistle Paul charges Timothy to press on and endure the ministry.
Acknowledging that persecutions will come and there will be ungodly men, both
inside and outside of the church. However, our God is faithful and we must run the
race to the end.
|Around 67 AD, approximately one year before Paul's death.|
1Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life within Christ Jesus.
2To Timothy a beloved son, Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God, whom I serve without ceasing, with a pure conscience, even as our fathers did, remembering you always in my prayers, day and night. 4For I greatly desire to see you, remembering our last tearful departure, that upon our reunion, I might be filled with joy, 5Remembering the genuine faith that dwelt in your grandmother and your mother and I am persuaded is also in you. 6Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God that is in you, that you received through the laying on of my hands. 7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
8Therefore, do not be ashamed of the gospel of our Lord, or of me His prisoner. But, share with me in the persecutions for the gospel according to the power of God. 9Who has saved us and called us into a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His purpose and grace given to us through Christ Jesus, before time began. 10All of this has now been made clear to us, through the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought forth eternal life through the gospel. 11To this calling I was appointed as a preacher, an apostle and a teacher of the gentiles. 12For this I also unashamedly suffer these things, for I know whom I believe and that He is able to keep what I have entrusted to Him.
13Hold to the sound words that I have given you, in faith and love, which are in Christ Jesus. 14That you may guard and keep in you, what has been given to you by the Holy Spirit, whom dwells in us. 15You know that all who were with me in Asia have deserted me, even Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16May the Lord grant mercy to Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, not being ashamed of my chains. 17And when he came to Rome, he sought me out. 18May the Lord grant him mercy, for you also know how many days he ministered to me at Ephesus.
1Therefore, my son, be strong in the grace within Christ Jesus. 2Commit the words that you have heard from me and have been verified through many witnesses, to faithful men, so they may teach others. 3Therefore you are called to endure hardships, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the things of the world, that he may please Him who called him to be a soldier. 5Also if anyone competes, he does not get the prize, unless he competes according to the rules. 6And the hard working farmer must be the first to partake of his own efforts. 7Reflect on these, asking the Lord for understanding.
8Bear in mind that, Jesus Christ of the line of David, was raised from the dead, according to my gospel. 9For this reason I have suffered troubles just as a criminal, but the Word of God has not been suppressed. 10Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they my also obtain eternal salvation, that is in Christ Jesus, having eternal glory. 11Here is a faithful saying:
If we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. 12If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He shall also deny us. 13If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
14Remind your people of this, charging them before the LORD that they are to avoid petty controversies over words, that only harm the hearer of the faith. 15Be diligent, to present yourself approved unto God. A worker of the gospel, not ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. 16Avoid profane and idle babbling, for all this does is lead to further ungodliness. 17For these messages spread like wildfire. Hymenaeus and Philetus, within the church are of this kind. 18They have strayed according to the truth, saying the resurrection is past and done with, thereby overturning the faith of some. 19Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands and is sealed, for the Lord knows those who are His. Thus let everyone that calls on the Name of Christ, depart from iniquities.
20But, in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earth, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will become a vessel of honor, sanctified and profitable to the master, unto every good work. 22Flee also youthful lusts, pursuing righteousness, faith, love and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that all they do is produce strife. 24For a servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but be gentle to all, able to teach with all patience. 25Able to correct in humility those who are in opposition, that If God shall grant them repentance, that they may know the truth. 26Escaping the snare of the devil. For they had been taken captive by him to do his will.
1Know that in the last days grievous times will come. 2Men will become utterly self-centered, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disrespectful to their parents, unthankful and unholy. 3Unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, having no self-control, fierce and despisers of good. 4Traders, un-teachable, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 5These men will have a form of godliness, but will deny its power, turn away from such people. 6Know that these men will take advantage of simple women, for they load them down with sins and led them away with various lusts. 7They are always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Pharaoh's magicians resisted Moses, these men resist the truth, for they have corrupt minds, in disagreement concerning the faith. 9They will progress no further but will wallow in their folly that has been made known to all.
10But you have known and followed my teachings, having observed my life, my purpose, faith, long suffering, love and perseverance. 11And you are aware of my persecutions and how the Lord has delivered me from all of them. 12And Yes, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecutions. 13Yet evil men and impostors of the faith will deceive others, even as they themselves fall further into deception. 14But you must continue in the things you have learned, being assured in the one whom has taught you. 15For from childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures, that they are able to make one wise, for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16Remember, that all scriptures are inspirited by God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. 17That the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
1Therefore, I charge you by witness of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead, at His appearing. 2Preach the Word! Be ready in all seasons, convince, rebuke and exhort always, teaching with long suffering. 3For the time will come when the people will turn away from the truth of sound doctrine but will seek out teachers that will tell them fables and what they wish to hear. 4They will turn aside from the truth and will follow these fables. 5Be watchful, endure the afflictions, do the work of an evangelist and fulfill your ministry.
6For I am already being offered up and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and have kept the faith. 8Knowing that the crown of righteousness, from our Righteous Judge is laid up for me and not only for me but, also for all who eagerly awaits His coming.
9Therefore, be diligent to come quickly to me. 10For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world he has left for Thessalonica, Crescens for Galatia and Titus for Dalmatia. 11Only Luke has stayed with me. When you come bring Mark with you for he is very helpful to me in the ministry. 12For I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the coat and the parchments that I left with brother Carpus over in Troas, especially the writings.
14Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm, may the Lord repay him according to his works. 15You also need to beware of him, for he still resists our words. 16At my first defense no one stood with me, all forsook me. I pray, that it not be charged against their account.
17But the Lord stood with me and strengthen me, so that I might preach the full message to all the gentiles and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18And I have full assurance that the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever, Amen!
19Greet Prisca and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. 20Erastus is in Corinth, but Trophimus has taken sick and was left at Miletus. 21Do your utmost to come here before winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brethren greet you. 22May the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, grace and peace be with you, Amen.