II Timothy: Chapter 1
In many ways, the letter we are about to study was written with a sense of finality - Paul’s
final words to Timothy, his dear son of the faith. As Paul lay in a Roman prison awaiting his
imminent death, he penned these words to Timothy passing on the baton of leadership and
encouraging Timothy to stay true to his calling.
Many view this letter to be the most intimate and moving letter written by Paul as we get a
glimpse into the very heart of a man who gave it all for the Gospel of Christ. Paul was
clearly a man who passionately loved God and served Him faithfully, to the end.
Paul, now serving his second term in prison, knew that this time would be his last. As he
picked up his pen for the last time, his heart went to Timothy, his true son in the faith. As
we study the words of this letter, know that what we are reading the last will and
testament of the Apostle Paul.
Read 2 Timothy 1- 2
As you read the very first sentence in this letter, note the positive outlook Paul has on life -
even while facing death. Paul knew and understood that the promise of life went well
beyond our time on this earth; .he was prepared for eternal life.
In the first two verses of this letter, Paul emphatically states his call and purpose in this life.
Without hesitation, he steadfastly clung to his calling and God’s promise of eternal life. With
the tenacity of a bulldog, Paul clung to the promise of eternal life.
How does 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 compare with Paul’s introduction in 2 Timothy 1:1-
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are
being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what
is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-
Read 2 Timothy 1:3-18
These verses hold a very interesting thought as Paul encourages Timothy to “fan into flame
the gift of God, which is in you...”. It would appear that Paul is referring to a special anointing
of the Holy Spirit that was passed on, yet in verse 7, we have some clarity in the areas that
Timothy was encouraged to walk in...power, Love, and a sound mind. Each one of these actions or attitudes require self-motivation yet, are a gift from God. As we look at verse 14,
we are reminded that the Holy Spirit will guard the good deposit entrusted.
How would you describe the work of the Holy Spirit versus our own self-motivation
to do the work of the Lord?
We will discuss this topic more during our class time but for now, let us recognize that we
all, whether or not we are called to a specific ministry, are called to walk in the Holy Spirit
with power, Love, and a sound mind (vs. 7). We know that the Holy Spirit has been entrusted
to each one of us (vs. 14), yet, we also know that there are times that we can choose to yield
to the Holy Spirit and times that we can ignore the work of the Holy Spirit within us.
As Paul encourages Timothy in these verses, we can assume that Timothy may have been
dealing with discouragement - yet, even in times of discouragement we can know that God
is with us.
We know that Paul also understood discouragement as we read of those who turned away
from him in verse 15. I am reminded of a time in the Old Testament when David was
perhaps at the height of discouragement.
Read 1 Samuel 30:6 and write down how David handled his discouragement.
How do you handle discouragement in your own life? What are some ways you can
better handle discouragement?
As we close out today’s reading, pray that God would infuse you with power, Love, and a
sound mind - pray also that you will choose to walk in it...
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy
strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of
God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5