2 Timothy 1: Introduction and Encouragement

(18 verses, 2:20 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Paul’s great love for Timothy and the church is seen in this epistle. He knows his time on the earth is short (this is most likely his last letter). He here encourages Timothy to remain faithful to the promises of his ordination.


  • Here is an outline:
    • 1:1-2, Introduction and blessing
    • 1:3-5, Paul’s daily prayer of thanksgiving for Timothy
    • 1:6-7, Paul reminds Timothy of the promise he gave him at Timothy’s ordination
    • 1:8-12, A reminder to not be ashamed of Jesus or the suffering of the apostles of Jesus.
    • 1:13-15, An encouragement to hold fast to the Lord’s Word, the “pattern of sound words” committed to Timothy as a pastor in the church.
    • 1:16-18, Blessings for the house of Onesiphorus


  • It is most likely that Paul wrote this epistle during his second imprisonment in Rome, during the years 63-64.
  • Like most of Paul’s letters, he begins by recounting the content of his prayers. These are almost always prayers of thanks (see 1:3, “I thank God…”). And, Paul almost always thanks God for the faith, love, and hope of the church. Here Paul only mentions his thankfulness for Timothy’s faith (see 1:5).
  • 1:5 tells us a bit about Timothy’s background, and of the importance of parents and grandparents teaching the Scriptures to their children and grandchildren.


  • There are a number of verses that are ripe for memorization and meditation.
    • 1:7, “…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
    • 1:10, “…our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…”
    • 1:13, “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”

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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller


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