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Author: Ron Graham

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Paul’s Precious Relationships
—2Timothy 1:1-18

A verse by verse study in Paul’s second letter to Timothy. In this lesson we examine chapter 1, verses 1-18, looking at three relationships that were very important to Paul. These are his relationships with Timothy, with Jesus, and with brethren.

1 Paul’s Relationship With Timothy

  2Timothy 1:1-8  

¶“1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God in keeping with the promise of life in Christ Jesus. 2To Timothy my beloved son. May you have grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (2Timothy 1:1-2).

¶“3I am thankful to God whom I serve with a pure conscience after the manner of my forefathers. I have you in mind all the time, in my prayers night and day. 4I remember your tears and I long to see you. That would fill me with joy” (2Timothy 1:3-4).

¶“5I am mindful of the sincere faith that is within you. Such faith dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice. I am convinced that it also dwells in you” (2Timothy 1:5).

¶“6So I remind you to kindle anew the gift that is in you from God since I laid my hands on you. ” (2Timothy 1:6).

¶“7For God has not given us a timid spirit, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control8So don't be ashamed of our Lord’s testimony, nor of me his prisoner. Instead, by God’s power suffer for the gospel together with me” (2Timothy 1:7-8).


Verses 1-2 —Paul’s fellowship with Timothy is on three levels.


Verse 3 —Paul shows three marks of a Christian in his relationship with Timothy.


Verses 4-8 —Paul tells Timothy at the outset what concerns him.

2 Paul’s Relationship With Jesus

  2Timothy 1:9-12  

¶“9God has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not on the basis of our works, but rather of his own purpose and grace given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal. 10This purpose and grace of God is also now made clear by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2Timothy 1:9-10).

¶“11To this gospel I was appointed a herald, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12This is also why I suffer as I do. Yet I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that Day” (2Timothy 1:11-12).


Verses 9-10 —Paul lays down convictions he wants Timothy to hold and teach.

3 Paul’s Relationship With Brethren

  2Timothy 1:13-18  

¶“13”Retain the pattern of sound words which you heard from me in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14By the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, keep the good thing entrusted to you (2Timothy 1:13-14).

¶“15You know that all those in Asia have turned their backs on me. Among them are Phygelus and Hermogenes.” (2Timothy 1:15).

¶“16May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for often he has refreshed me, and he was not ashamed of my chains. 17Indeed, when he arrived in Rome, how earnestly he sought me out and found me.” (2Timothy 1:16-17).

¶“18May Onesiphorus be granted by the Lord to find mercy from the Lord in that Day. And you know very well how much he served me at Ephesus” (2Timothy 1:18).


Verses 13-18 —Paul’s judgment of others.

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