06 October 2015
by Philip Layton

Folded graveclothes

Paul encourages Timothy to remain loyal and steadfast in the faith

Click here to read 2 Timothy 1

Discussion Questions

  • Timothy appears to be a third-generation Christian, but his own faith had to be ‘sincere’ (v 3). Is your faith built on a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ or is your faith based on keeping up a family tradition?
  • Did you know that the Holy Spirit lives in us and guides us (v 14)? How can we ask for his help?

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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'

Paul was in need of an understudy, an apprentice. He chose Timothy, his ‘son’, to eventually take his place. Paul needed to reproduce himself – modelling sound doctrine, godly living, patience in suffering. He desired that young Timothy love others, so Timothy could represent Paul – and Jesus – well:

For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church (1 Corinthians 4:17).

Timothy seemed a little frail, having certain spells of sickness. He wasn’t as forceful as someone like Titus. But Timothy was tender; and he was loyal. He was full of understanding and was extremely faithful to Paul. For 16 years their hearts seemed to beat as one in the service of Christ, sharing both joys and sorrows.

He was well received by others, even though very young. He represented a new generation. Timothy even agreed to be circumcised if it would help the cause of Christ. When ordained, when dedicated to the ministry, Paul reminded Timothy that he was gifted – and to use the gifts God had given him:

Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you (2 Timothy 1:6).

Paul gave Timothy one of the highest honours, calling him a man of God (1 Timothy 6:11). His final charge to his young apprentice was to guard all that had been entrusted into his care (v 14). For, no matter what our age, we must never take for granted all Christ has given us. Then, to fan into flame our gifts for his service – and for God’s glory.

Beverly Ivany

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