2 Timothy 1



2 Timothy 1 is a letter of encouragement from Paul to Timothy. It emphasizes the importance of faith, courage, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Paul encourages Timothy to remain steadfast in his calling, to endure suffering for the sake of the gospel, and to hold firm to the teachings he has received. The examples of faithfulness and abandonment serve as both a warning and an inspiration.


  1. Greetings and Gratitude (2 Timothy 1:1-5): Paul opens the letter with greetings and expresses gratitude to God for Timothy. He acknowledges Timothy's sincere faith, which he traces back to the faith of Timothy's grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice.
  2. Encouragement to Overcome Fear (2 Timothy 1:6-7): Paul reminds Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God that he received through the laying on of hands. He encourages Timothy not to be timid or fearful but to operate in the power, love, and self-discipline that comes from the Holy Spirit.
  3. God's Purpose and Grace (2 Timothy 1:8-12): Paul underscores the need for Timothy to embrace suffering for the gospel and to endure with the strength that comes from God. He emphasizes God's purpose and grace, given before the ages, and how it is revealed through the appearance of Jesus Christ.
  4. Examples of Faithfulness and Abandonment (2 Timothy 1:13-18): Paul urges Timothy to hold fast to the pattern of sound words and to guard the good deposit entrusted to him. He mentions some who have abandoned him but highlights the faithfulness of Onesiphorus, who sought Paul out and refreshed him in prison.