2 Timothy Chapter 1 Notes

Yesterday we kicked off our study of 2 Timothy, here are some Bible study notes to help you start your week and "fan into flame the gift of God that is in you."

In the first chapter of 2 Timothy, Paul sets out to remind Timothy of his calling, why he is in the fight, and how he will be fruitful and faithful. 

Paul is finishing his life, writing from prison awaiting his execution, saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7, ESV)

Determined to see his protege Timothy finish his fight faithfully and fruitfully as well, Paul gives him a few points of instruction, each with a reason why he should fulfill them and how to do it. 

The gospel sits right in heart of this section as the driving motivation for everything in Paul and Timothy’s life.

[God] “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” (2 Timothy 1:9–10, ESV)

The Holy Spirit is mentioned directly and indirectly several times as the power to be faithful and fruitful. As much as Paul is commanding Timothy to be "all in", he never points him to self sufficiency, but instead to the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 1 finishes with two examples of being ashamed of the gospel and Paul, in Phygelus and Hermogenes, and an example of faithfulness in Onesiphorus.

As I studied to preach it was so striking how much Paul pointed to The Holy Spirit for the ability to carry out his instructions. Maybe the lack of fruit in our lives is from a lack of walking in the Spirit in response to the grace of God?  

Here’s a chart of the what, why and how of 2 Timothy Chapter 1.


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