2 Timothy 1: Do You Have God’s Power?
Verse of the Day: (V7) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
1. Promise (V1-2)
V1 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,”
God called Paul to be His apostle to preach on the promise of everlasting life to all who would believe and receive Jesus as their personal Saviour. Paul was careful to discern that it was God’s will for Timothy, his spiritual son, to be the preacher of God’s Word.
V2 “To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”
2. Power (V3-11)
V5 “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.”
Though Timothy had great faith in God, as he was raised by his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, both women of God, yet Paul encouraged Timothy to claim God’s power, love and a strong mind. This was because Timothy would be facing great persecution from the unbelieving Romans who was in power at that time. In fact, at the time of writing, Paul was in prison waiting to be executed because of his faith in God.
V8 “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;”
3. Persuasion (V12-18)
V12 “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 that day.”
Paul was fully persuaded that God shall keep His promise that when he died, he would wake up in glorious heaven, and see the Lord Jesus Christ face to face! Before Paul was executed, he prayed to God to grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, as Onesiphorus had diligently sought him, and found him in prison, and ministered and encouraged him.
V16 “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please grant me Your power, love and a strong mind to serve You.