|2 Timothy 1 |
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as I remember you in my prayers without ceasing night and day.
4 Being reminded of your tears, I greatly desire to see you so that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance the sincere faith that is in you, which lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that is in you also.
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the laying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of self discipline.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but be a sharer of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God,
9 Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace that was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
10 But it is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11 To which I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
12 For this reason I suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have entrusted to him until that day.
13 Hold fast the form of sound words that you have heard from me, in faith and love that is in Christ Jesus.
14 Guard and keep that good thing which was committed to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
15 You know that all those who are in Asia have turned away from me,1 including Phygellus and Hermogenes.
16 May the Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he has often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains,
17 But rather, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently and found me.
18 The Lord grant that he may find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.
1 All in Asia have turned away from me. Most likely with the false gospels, promoting the broad easy way, ignoring the offence of the cross. The cross is bearable, but not easy. It is not easy to lose your life. It is not easy to forsake everything. It is not easy to find the narrow gate to heaven, which entry many will try and be unable pass through. It is not easy to suffer. So any alternative to the cross, which supposedly allows one to escape Hell, is eagerly received; and false doctrines and lies have quickly become pervasive. (See Suffering and Tribulation for more on suffering.)
For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and will be turned to fables [man made fictions]. 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? Jer 5:31.
For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:18-19.
Paul could see these false apostles and ministers of Satan already prominent in his time, promising people freedom, when they themselves were slaves to depravity. He warned people night and day with tears for three years of these false ministers rising from within their midst to preach and teach in error, seeking power and prestige and money. He said: their word [teaching] will spread like gangrene, as it has with Hymenaeus and Philetus.