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2 Timothy 1


 1 Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, (a) according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,


(a) Sent of God to preach that life which he promised in Christ Jesus.


 2 To Timothy my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ our Lord.


 3  (1) I thank God, (*) whom I serve from my (b) (♣) elders with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day,


(1) The chiefeth mark that he shooteth at in this Epistle, is to confirm Timothy to continue constantly and manfully even to the end, setting first before him the great good will he beareth him, and then reckoning up the excellent gifts which God would as it were have to be by inheritance in Timothy, and his ancestors, which might so much the more make him bound to God.

(*) Acts 22:3 .
(b) From Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for he speaketh not of Pharisaism, but of Christianism.

(♣) Following the steps of mine ancestors, as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others of whom I am come and of whom I received the true religion by succession.


 4 Desiring to see thee, mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;


 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice, and am assured that it dwelleth in thee also.


 6  (2) Wherefore, I put thee in remembrance that thou (c) (*) stir up the gift of God which is in thee, by the putting on of (♣) my hands.


(2) He warneth us to set the invincible power of the Spirit, which God hath given us, against those storms which may and do come upon us.
(c) The gift of God is as it were a certain lively flame kindled in our hearts, which the flesh and the devil go about to put out; and therefore we on the contrary side must labor as much as we can to foster and keep it burning.

(*) The gift of God is a certain lively flame kindled in our hearts, which Satan, and the flesh labor to quench, and therefore we must nourish it, and stir it up.

(♣) With the rest of the Elders of Ephesus, 1 Timothy 4:14 .


 7 For God hath not given to us the Spirit of (d) fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


(d) To pierce us through, and terrify us, as men whom the Lord will destroy.


 8  (3) Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, neither of me (e) his prisoner, but be partaker of the afflictions of the (f) Gospel according to the (g) power of God;


(3) He proveth that the ignominy or shame of the cross is not only not to be ashamed of, and also that it is glorious and most honorable: first, because the Gospel wherefore the godly are afflicted, is the testimony of Christ; and secondly, because at length the great virtue and power of God appeareth in them.
(e) For his sake.
(f) This Gospel after a sort is said to be afflicted in them that preach it.
(g) Through the power of God.


 9  (4) Who hath saved us, and called us with a (*) holy calling, not according to our (♣) works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was (h) given to us through Christ Jesus (i) before the (♠) world was,


(4) He sheweth with how great benefits God hath bound us to maintain boldly and constantly his glory which is joined with our salvation, and reckoneth up the causes of our salvation, to wit, that free and eternal purpose of God to save us in Christ which was to come, whereby it should come to pass, that we should at length be freely called of God by the preaching of the Gospel, to Christ the destroyer of death and author of immortality.

(*) 1 Corinthians 1:2 .

(♣) Titus 3:5 .
(h) He saith that, that grace was given us from everlasting, unto which we were predestinated from everlasting. So that the doctrine of foreseen faith and foreseen works, is clean contrary to the doctrine which preached and teacheth the grace of God.
(i) Before that course of years, which hath run on ever since the beginning of the world.

(♠) Romans 16:25; Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 1:26; Titus 1:2 .


 10 But is now made manifest by the (*) appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality unto (k) light through the Gospel.


(*) He speaketh here of his first coming, which though it seemed poor, and contemptible, yet was honorable and glorious; therefore our minds ought to be lifted up from the consideration of the worldly things to contemplate the majesty thereof.

(k) Hath caused life and immortality to appear.


 11  (*) (5) Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and Apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.


(*) 1 Timothy 2:7 .

(5) That is, the Gospel which the Apostle preached.


 12  (6) For the which cause I also suffer these things, (7) but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have (*) committed to him against that day.


(6) He confirmeth his Apostleship by a strange argument, to wit, because the world could not abide it, and therefore it persecuted him that preached it.
(7) By setting his own example before us, he sheweth us how it may be that we shall not be ashamed of the cross of Christ, to wit, if we be sure that God both can and will keep the salvation which he hath as it were laid up in store by himself for us against that day.

(*) Which is myself.


 13  (8) Keep the true pattern of the wholesome words, which thou hast heard of me in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.


(8) He sheweth wherein he ought to be most constant, to wit, both in the doctrine itself, the abridgement whereof is faith and charity, and next in the manner of teaching it, a lively pattern and shape whereof Timothy knew in the Apostle.


 14  (9) That (*) worthy thing, which was committed to thee, keep (10) through the holy Ghost, which dwelleth in us.


(9) An amplification, taken of the dignity of so great a benefit committed to the ministers.

(*) The graces of the holy Ghost.
(10) The taking away of an objection. It is a hard thing to do it, but the Spirit of God is mighty, who hath inwardly endued us with his virtue.


 15  (11) This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia, be turned from me, of which sort are Phygellus and Hermogenes.


(11) He preventeth an offence which arose by the means of certain that fell from God and the religion, and uttereth also their names, that they might be known of all men. But he setteth against them the singular faith of one man, that one only good example alone might counterpoise and weigh down all evil examples.


 16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus, for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain,


 17 But when he was at Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.


 18 The Lord grant unto him, that he may find mercy with the Lord at that day, and in how many things he hath ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.



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