The Book of 2 Timothy Bible Study Chapter 1 Part 4

We go on to 2 Timothy 1:13-18

v13: Hold fast the pattern (example): Paul is exhorting Timothy (us) to be an example to others. 

  • Sound (i.e. healthy) words: These are words that meet G-d’s expectations, words that please G-d. 
  • Heard from me: Paul used healthy words. He was an example of someone who correctly used the words that G-d had given him to speak. These words will produce faith and love in our lives. 
  • Faith: Faith has to do with a commitment. When we say that we have faith in the gospel it means that we are committed to it. Having faith in G-d means that we are committed to Him. 
  • Love: All of the commandments found in the Bible are rooted in love. When we submit to the commands to obey them, we are going to display a behaviour of love toward G-d and others (John 14:15, Matt 22:36-40). Having faith is going to cause us to live in a way that demonstrates the righteousness of the law – not necessarily according to the letter of the law, but according to the spirit or the intent of the law. As we do what G-d has commanded us to do, demonstrating our commitment and love toward Him and toward others, G-d’s revelation will become clearer and louder in our lives and we will begin to understand, more and more, about what His specific will for our lives is. 

v14: Good: It is in accordance with G-d’s will. 

  • Thing (literally: Deposit): This is the same word as the word found in 2 Tim 1:12. This deposit/charge relates to a call. A call is deposited into the lives of every person when they believe in Yeshua. G-d is our Master, and we are His servants. He gives each of us a job to do once we have submitted to His L-rdship in our lives. 
  • Keep: Guard. Take it seriously. Carry it out. The call of G-d in our lives is precious, it is valuable. We guard things which are valuable to us. 
  • By the Holy Spirit: We can only do what G-d has called us to do through the power and help of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is the One who enables us to do the will of G-d (John 15:26). 

v15: All those in Asia have turned away from me: No matter what, Paul guards and does not turn away from what has been entrusted to him (his call). Unfortunately, some people do turn away from what G-d has called them to do and, in doing so, they also turn away from those who are fulfilling G-d’s call in their lives (eg: Paul). Their lack of faithfulness did not cause Paul to change. He did not become discouraged or give up. 

  • Phygellus and Hermogenes: What we can assume about these two individuals is that they were believers who were part of a congregation/s in Asia. These two men turned against Paul. It is possible that these two men led others to do the same. 

v16: The household of Onesiphorus: This could be referring to a family or it could be referring to a congregation that met in Onesiphorus’s home. This household did not turn away from Paul. 

  • He often refreshed me: He renewed Paul – this is a word that means to lift up someone’s soul. Perhaps it was not easy to be friends with Paul. 
  • Was not ashamed of my chain: Another reference to Paul’s imprisonment. Many people saw Paul as an outcast and a common criminal who was a troublemaker within the Roman Empire. Associating with or supporting someone who was an enemy of the State could put people and their families in great jeopardy. This family, however, were an exception to the rule. They remained faithful to Paul. 

v17: Very diligently (zealously): Onesiphorus sought Paul out with urgency and with diligence. Onesiphorus did not seem to worry about what others thought of him, about the fact that he was seeking out a criminal and a troublemaker in the eyes of the state. 

v18: Find mercy: This is repeated from 2 Tim 1:16, therefore emphasised. One aspect of mercy is that it has to do with receiving forgiveness. Another aspect of mercy, which is what the context is dealing with here, is that mercy also has to do with behaving in someone’s best interest. When we are carrying out the will of G-d, He will be merciful to us, acting or moving in a way that is for our best interest. 

  • That Day: This is also a repetition – from 2 Tim 1:12. We need to be individuals that live with a consciousness of judgment (for a believer this is not judgment in the sense of G-d’s wrath – G-d has not appointed believers to wrath – 1 Thess 5:9. For a believer this Day is referring to a judgment of rewards – a judgment that deals with what we have or have not done in faithfulness to the call of G-d upon our lives – Rev 22:12). 
  • You know very well: Timothy knew that Onesiphorus had a reputation of ministering to others. Onesiphorus had a testimony of being a blessing to others. When we submit to G-d’s call and will for our lives this would be the testimony or reputation that we would also have – bringing glory to G-d by being a blessing to others.
  • Many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus: The implication here is that Onesiphorus was a man who was constantly ministering – to Paul, but also to others. 

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