2 Timothy 2:1-13 Stay The Course

I’ve occupied every step at least once.

Paul continues to encourage Timothy to continue on in the office Paul placed him in. He got there by Paul’s direction but under God’s authority and will. His service too, had a lasting impact.

When I think of Timothy I wonder how he felt in this position of authority. We know he was a young church leader. He joined Paul while he was in his teens and spent about 13 years with him. So that put him probably somewhere in his 30s when he was the leader of this body of believers. The culture of his time equated wisdom with age. So did he feel like he had nothing to contribute? Did others look at him with suspicion because of his position? Jesus was only 30 when His ministry began. People wondered where He got His wisdom too. I don’t know. Maybe I’m making something more of his age than was actually an issue. But Paul did mention it several times, so maybe not. Read more »

2 Timothy 1:3-18 Fire Tenders

Preparations, persistence and patience needed.

Paul continues to encourage Timothy to move out into the gifts God bestowed on him. He reminds him of his heritage of faith and where his hope truly lies.

Paul starts by reminding Timothy that they both come from a line of faith. I’m wondering if the “ancestors” Paul is referencing was Abraham. It is clear that the Pharisees didn’t serve God with a clear conscience. Their service was NOT from the heart but from a formula. This is not the faith that Paul and Timothy share. Read more »

2 Timothy 1:1-2 Security Questions

Paul took the second meaning personally!

Paul is writing again to his son in Christ, Timothy. Timothy holds a special place in his heart. He starts his letter with his personal greeting, as is his custom.

The way Paul opens his letter to Timothy sounds too formal for a “father and son” letter. I believe there was a reason for this formality though. There were forgers and false teachers out and about passing themselves off as our gospel heroes. Paul even mentioned a forged letter in 2 Thessalonians 2. He knew others were out there impersonating him or signing his name to things that he did NOT teach or ascribe to. Read more »

1 Timothy 6:11-21 You Are SO Much Richer

The difference is so vast it broke the scale!

Paul is continuing to counsel Timothy regarding earthly wealth. He is comparing what Timothy, and every believer, has against what the world has to offer. I wonder what compelled him to focus on this topic.

Like yesterday, I started reading with preconceived ideas of what our reading was going to be about. I guess the heading in my bible set me up that way. This section is titled “Fight the Good Fight of Faith.” But when reading this passage that is only the part of Paul’s message. Read more »

1 Timothy 6:3-10 With These We Will Be Content

It is not the money but the LOVE of it that is the root of all evil

Paul addresses one of the hidden motives of false teaching; money. It is the hidden motive for so many things. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (verse 10a).

In the very first sentence of our reading I thought Paul was going to talk to Timothy about another practice he wanted the church to follow; “Teach and urge these things” (verse 2b). But then he took a right turn and started talking about false teaching/doctrine. I did not see that coming.

I pray I’m don’t fit into Paul’s description of those Timothy was to avoid. I DO NOT like or want controversy or quarrels. I also hate friction. That being said, I like to hear others’ views and opinions on the word. I’m certain not everyone agrees with my “interpretations” and I have problems with some doctrines being taught. My goal and heart’s desire though is to speak only Jesus’ truth in every form. Read more »