1 Paul, an Apostle of the Anointed Jesus by the will of The God and by the promise of life in the Anointed Jesus, 2 to my loved child Timothy; May you find loving care, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from the Anointed Jesus, our Lord.
3 IÕm thankful to The God whom IÕm worshiping with a clean conscience (as did my forefathers) that I never forget you in my prayers, which I offer [on your behalf] night and day. 4 For I remember you with tears and I long to see you, so that I can be filled with joy.
5 I fondly remember the unhypocritical faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice had first, and IÕm confident that you have this also. So, this is the reason why IÕm reminding you to rekindle the gift of God that you received when I first laid my hands on you. 7 Since God didnÕt give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and good sense; 8 donÕt be ashamed of the testimony about our LordÉ or of me, a prisoner for his sake.
So, come and share with us in suffering evil for the good news with the power of God. 9 For He didnÕt save us or call us to holiness because of anything that weÕve done, but because it has been His will through ages time to show us His loving kindness through Jesus the Anointed One. 10 And all of this has now been manifested by the arrival of our Savior the Anointed Jesus, who has done away with death and is shining a light on life and freedom from corruption through this good news 11 of which I was appointed a preacher, an Apostle, and a teacher.
12 Yes, this is the reason why IÕve been suffering these things and why IÕm unashamedÉ because I really know this one in whom IÕve put my faith, and IÕm confident that heÕll guard everything that IÕve entrusted to him until that Day.
13 Likewise, you should be hanging onto the healthy words that you heard from me and which I laid out for you through the love that is in the Anointed Jesus, 14 and you should be guarding these things that youÕve been given through the Holy Breath that dwells within us!
15 IÕm sure that youÕre aware of the fact that all those in the [province of] Asia have turned their backs on me, and especially PhyGelus and HermoGenes. 16 But may the LordÕs mercy rest upon the household of OnesiPhorus, because he has often brought me refreshment and heÕs never been ashamed of my chains. 17 For, when he came to Rome, he diligently started searching for me and quickly found me. 18 So, may the Lord grant him mercy from Jehovah in that Day. Yes, it would be good if you knew all the services that he provided for me in Ephesus.
1 However, as for you my child; Keep growing stronger in the loving care of the Anointed Jesus, 2 and keep on teaching the things that you heard from so many witnesses while you were with me, to faithful men who are qualified to teach others. 3 Then, as a fine soldier of the Anointed Jesus, [be prepared to] endure the hardships. 4 For no soldier can just go on living his life as he once did, since he wants to please the one that enlisted him. 5 And the same is true of an athleteÉ he canÕt win the prize unless he plays by the rules. 6 Yet, the hardworking field-hand must also be the first to eat the fruit.
7 If youÕll visualize what IÕm saying, the Lord will truly give you insight into everything.
8 Remember that the good news IÕve been preaching teaches us that Jesus the Anointed (the seed of David) was raised from the deadÉ 9 and itÕs over this that IÕm being persecuted and imprisoned like a criminal. However, the word of God hasnÕt been locked up with me, 10 and the reason why I keep on enduring all of this is for the sake of the elected onesÉ so they can gain the salvation that comes from being in the Anointed Jesus and receiving age-long glory. 11 For you can believe the saying, If we die together, weÕll also live together; 12 and if we hang on together, weÕll also rule as kings together! However, if we deny this, heÕll deny us.
13 Yet, even if weÕre unfaithful, heÕll be faithful, because he canÕt deny himself.
14 I want you to keep on reminding [the brothers] about these things, and I want you to instruct them in the sight of God not to be arguing over words, for this is just a waste of time and itÕs a snare to those who listen to it.
15 As for you; zealously keep on seeking GodÕs approval, so you can be accepted by Him as a workman who has nothing to be ashamed of and who lays out the truth in straight ways. 16 Therefore, you should avoid speaking about worldly and foolish topics, because this leads [people] away from pure worship, 17 and whatever is said [spreads like] a field of gangrene!
ThatÕs what happened to Hymenaeus and PhileTos; 18 they got away from the truth and they started teaching that the resurrection has already happened, which misdirected the faith of some.
19 However, you have a solid foundation in God and you have His seal [of approval]. So, as we were told: ŌJehovah knows those who [respect Him],Õ and, ŌLet everyone who speaks in the Name of the Lord stop doing what is unrighteous.Õ
20 Now, in a large house there are not only containers that are made of gold and silver, but there are also those [that are made] of wood and potteryÉ because some were made for honorable purposes, while others were made for dishonorable purposes. 21 So if anyone chooses to be clean, he must remove [everything thatÕs dishonorable] from himself so that he can then become a container for an honorable purpose that is holy and useful to his master. And thereafter, he must ready himself to do every sort of good work.
22 So, flee from the desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with all the rest of those who are calling on the Lord with a clean heart. 23 However, avoid foolish and ignorant questions, because you know that they just create fightsÉ 24 and a slave of the Lord shouldnÕt be fighting. Rather, we should be gentle with everyone, we should be good teachers, and we should know how to keep our composure in bad [situations] 25 so that we can calmly teach those who disagree. For perhaps God may lead them to repentance and to an accurate knowledge of the truth 26 so that they may escape the SlandererÕs snares and return to their good senses, once they realize how theyÕve been lured into his cage.
1 Recognize that the last days will bring fierce times. 2 For people will just love themselves and money. TheyÕll be braggarts, arrogant blasphemers, disobedient to their parents, unthankful, and disloyal. 3 They wonÕt have any natural (family) love, and they theyÕll be disagreeable. TheyÕll be slanderers who donÕt have any self-control, and theyÕll be wild people who wonÕt love anything thatÕs good. 4 TheyÕll also be betrayers who are headstrong and proud, and who care more for pleasures than for God. 5 So, though they may practice some form of religion, theyÕll deny its power.
You should reject people like this, 6 because itÕs from among such ones that certain men will arise who will work their way into homes and seduce weak women that are loaded down with sins (because they have so many desires) 7 and will always be just students who can never come to a higher knowledge of the truth.
8 So, whenever you must deal with men who are resisting the truth and who are corrupting their own minds (making themselves worthless when it comes to the faith), follow the example of Moses when he opposed JanNes and JamBres, 9 so they canÕt make any more inroads. Then (as happened [to JanNes and JamBres]) their unreasonableness will become plain to everyone.
10 Now, youÕve closely followed my teachings, my directions, my purposes, my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 [However, youÕve also had to share in] my persecution and my sufferings (such as the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra), and youÕve endured the same types of opposition that IÕve had to endure (but from which the Lord has delivered me). 12 For everyone who wants to worship The God through the Anointed Jesus is going to be persecuted, 13 because wicked and deceitful men will just get worse and worse, misleading and being misled.
14 As for you; stick with the things that youÕve learned and were convinced to believeÉ and remember from whom you learned them. 15 For youÕve been familiar with the Holy Writings since you were a child, and they can make you wise for salvation through your faith in the Anointed Jesus. 16 [Remember that] all the Holy Writings were inspired by God and they are good for teaching, for correcting, for setting things straight, and for providing righteous disciplineÉ 17 they qualify a man of God by providing him with whatever he needs to do all sorts of good work.
1 So, I solemnly charge you in the sight of God and the Anointed Jesus (whoÕs going to judge the living and the dead when he manifests himself in his Kingdom) 2 to keep on preaching the word! Keep on doing it through both good times and bad!
Then, as you consider the situations, you must offer criticism and encouragement! However, you should do this patiently and with all of your teaching skills.
3 Yet, the time is coming when they wonÕt put up with life-giving teachings anymore. Rather, because they will prefer to follow their own desires, they will gather teachers for themselves who will tell them whatever they wish to hear. 4 They wonÕt listen to the truth, but theyÕll all show up when it comes to listening to fables.
5 But as for you; be serious about everything, endure all the bad, preach the good news, and completely carry out your ministry!
6 As for me; though IÕm already being poured out as a drink offering and the time for my departure (death) is almost here, 7 I can say that IÕve wrestled the fine match, IÕve finished the race, and IÕve obeyed the faith. 8 So, all thatÕs left for me now is to lay down my gold crown, which the Lord (who isnÕt over just me but is over everyone who loves the way in which he showed himself) will return to me in that Day.
9 HurryÉ come to me quickly! 10 For Demas has let me down and gone to Thessalonica (since he still loves this system of things), Kreskes has gone to Galatia, Titus has gone to Dalmatia, 11 and Luke is the only one who is here with me. So, go find Mark and bring him with you, because his services are very useful to me. 12 Oh yes, I also sent Tychikus off to Ephesus. 13 And when you come here, bring along the robe that I left with Carpus in TroasÉ and the scrolls, especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith has testified and said many bad things against me. But the Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 So watch out for him, because he really opposes everything that we say!
16 Unfortunately, nobody stayed with me during my first court hearingÉ but though they all left me, I donÕt want this held against them, 17 because the Lord stood by me. Yes, he gave me strength so that the preaching might be completed through me and that all the gentiles might hear it. As the result, I was virtually saved from the lionÕs mouth! 18 And the Lord will continue to save me from every sort of wickedness until he brings me into his celestial Kingdom. May he be glorified through the ages of agesÉ may it be so!
19 Give my greetings to Priska and Aquila, and to the household of OnesiPhorus.
20 Erastus stayed in Corinth and I left Trophimus at Miletus, because he was sick.
21 Hurry and get here before winter arrives!
EuBoulos sends you his greetings, as do Poudes, Linos, Klaudia, and all the brothers.