Fan into flame the gift of God
2 Timothy 1:1-7
Key Idea:  "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God" (note repetition of...
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Key Idea: "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God" (note repetition of the idea of remembrance/reminding in the paragraph) Key Questions: Why would Paul urge Timothy to fan into flame the charisma of God because ("for this reason") of his being reminded of Timothy's sincere faith? What was Timothy's charisma? Why was it given through the laying on of hands? What is the connection between v. 7 and v. 6? In other words, how is v. 7 grounds ("for") for Paul's statement in v. 6? 1a. "Paul" - We must consider who is writing An approving witness of the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:54 - 8:3, esp. 7:58; 8:1) & violent persecutor of the early Church (Gal. 1:13) Converted on the Damascus Road on his way to persecute the Christians there and called by Christ to be "a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel" (Acts 9:1-19, reference is v. 15) By the writing of this letter to Timothy, Paul has planted churches throughout Asia Minor, in several cities in southeastern Europe, Crete, and possibly Spain. In fulfillment of Jesus' words to Ananias in Acts 9:16 ("For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name"), Paul has suffered greatly for the gospel and is now imprisoned in Rome and fully expecting to be executed (2 Tim 4:6-8) 1b. "An apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God" - We must realize what we are reading! "apostle" is a messenger, one who is sent with the authority of the sender. What Paul is claiming here is that he is a spokesman for Jesus Christ, speaking with his very authority. We ought to take a step back and think about a truth that is implicit here in the verse, and indeed, in the whole Bible: the God who created all things speaks to us! Further, what Paul is claiming here is that the very words he is writing are in truth the words of Jesus Christ, the risen Son of God and Lord of the Universe. 1c. "According to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus" Q: Why would Paul choose this phrase? Is it because he is facing his own death? significant xref's for "life" in Pauline corpus generally: Rom. 2:7; 5:18, 21; 6:22-23 ; 7:10 ; 8:2, 6 ; 2 Cor. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:4 (Paul may have had this in mind as he contemplated his own death); Gal. 6:8 ; Eph. 4:18 ; Phil. 2:16; 4:3 xref's for "life" in the PE: 1 Tim. 1:16; 4:8; 6:12; 6:19; 2 Tim. 1:10 ; Titus 1:2 (also connection w/ "promise" in the immediate context!); 3:7 Observations from xref's: The most common adjective Paul uses with life is "eternal" (ex. "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord") This is not merely eternal life in the future, but here and now...in Paul's mind, "life" and "death" were present realities (ex. "the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death" - Rom. 7:10; "the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace" - Rom. 8:6) Paul calls Scripture, or probably more specifically the gospel, "the word of life" (Phil. 2:16) In 1 Timothy: 6:12: "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 6:19: "In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life " In 2 Timothy: 1:10: "but [grace] has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." In Titus: 1:2: "...a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time ," (probably the most signficant cross-reference showing what Paul fully means in 2 Timothy 1:1) 3:7: "so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." 2a. "To Timothy, my beloved child" 2b. "Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord" 2 Timothy 1:1 – 7: Fan into flame the gift of God (tea I. Salutation (vv. 1 – 2) A. Who is Paul? 1. “apostle of Jesus Christ” – Paul is an authoritative messenger of Jesus a. illustration: an ambassador who speaks with the very authority of the President b. application: What we are reading is not merely a personal letter between two friends, but is the authoritative word of God! ( appeal to the class – especially to the men – to be faithful, attentive, and careful readers of the Bible who are submissive to God) 2. “by the will of God” – Paul’s conversion and calling on the Damascus Road 3. “according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” a. Note on historical context – Paul is writing this from a Roman prison (1:16-17; 2:9; and fully expects to die soon (4:6-8, 18) b. Paul’s ministry, and hence Christianity, aims at giving people true life i. Have people read the following PE xref’s: - 1 Tim. 1:16 - 1 Tim. 6:12 - 1 Tim. 6:19 - 2 Tim. 1:10 - Titus 1:2 B. Who is Timothy? 1. “my beloved child” a. Half Jewish, half Gentile, most likely converted under Paul’s ministry in Lystra in Acts 14 (cf. Acts 16:1-5) i. application: Importance of discipleship, i.e. Paul – Timothy model…challenge people to seek out a Paul and a Timothy! b. Close associate of Paul during the 2 nd & 3 rd missionary journeys (2 nd – Acts 16 through 18:17; 3 rd – Acts 18:18 through 20:38) c. Most likely with Paul in his first Roman imprisonment (intros to letters of Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon) II. Paul thanks God for Timothy (vv. 3 – 5) A. Why does Paul thank God for Timothy? (Notice that this is what the text says…don’t miss this! “I thank God …as I remember you constantly in my prayers…”) (Note the warmth of the relationship between Paul and Timothy) 1. Paul thanks God for Timothy because he recognizes God’s providence in Timothy’s life to make him the man that he is – Timothy’s godly heritage, Timothy’s own faith, and Paul’s own spiritual influence on Timothy. 2. Application/discussion (in small groups): How has God providentially made you into the person you are? Through your family? Through mentors or other spiritual influences? 3. Application: Thank God for these gifts of his providence! III. Paul reminds Timothy to develop his spiritual gift (vv. 6 – 7) A. Why does Paul remind Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God? 1. Note linking phrase “for this reason” pointing back to verses 3 – 5. 2. Paul is pointing out that in light of God’s providential gifts to Timothy, he now has his own reponsibility to be a good steward of all that God has given him (i.e. balance of divine sovereignty & human responsibility) 3. Application Question: If you are struggling to grow in your walk with Christ, is it because you are not taking responsibility to develop that which God has given you? B. What is this “gift of God” that Paul speaks of? 1. For Timothy, it could have been the gift of teaching or evangelism, or it might have even been the ministry. That it was given “through the laying on of my hands” means that Timothy was commissioned (1 Timothy 4:14 ; cf. Acts 13:3 where Paul & Barnabas are commissioned) 2. Spiritual gifts are not systematically or neatly defined in the Bible. There is no exhaustive list, nor is there a clear distinction between natural gifts (ones that a person has always possessed that is nonetheless given by God) and spiritual gifts (ones that are given sovereignly by the Spirit after one’s conversion, i.e. tongues). 3. What is clear is that gifts are given by God to every believer not for their own benefit, but for the building up of the body, and thus the controlling idea is love (1 Cor. 13). C. What is required to fan into flame the gift of God? How do we do this? 1. “for”…this little words functions huge here…it indicates that Paul is about to encourage Timothy with a reason why he is able to fan into flame God’s gift. 2. We need God’s grace (“for God gave us…”)…God has given us the something which is required for us to be able to fan into flame God’s gift. 3. Not fear (note the -/+ contrast, “not this, but that) a. This does not mean that we never experience fear, but that we have been given the resources to resist fear. b. Application/Discussion: What do you typically fear? 4. Power 5. Love 6. Self-control
10000000023045 23045 Notes 2010-01-22 15:07:17 2010-01-29 11:38:35 Key Idea: "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God" (note repetition of the idea of remembrance/reminding in the paragraph) Key Questions: Why would Paul urge Timothy to fan into flame the charisma of God because ("for this reason") of his being reminded of Timothy's sincere faith? What was Timothy's charisma? Why was it given through the laying on of hands? What is the connection between v. 7 and v. 6? In other words, how is v. 7 grounds ("for") for Paul's statement in v. 6? 1a. "Paul" - We must consider who is writing An approving witness of the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:54 - 8:3, esp. 7:58; 8:1) & violent persecutor of the early Church (Gal. 1:13) Converted on the Damascus Road on his way to persecute the Christians there and called by Christ to be "a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel" (Acts 9:1-19, reference is v. 15) By the writing of this letter to Timothy, Paul has planted churches throughout Asia Minor, in several cities in southeastern Europe, Crete, and possibly Spain. In fulfillment of Jesus' words to Ananias in Acts 9:16 ("For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name"), Paul has suffered greatly for the gospel and is now imprisoned in Rome and fully expecting to be executed (2 Tim 4:6-8) 1b. "An apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God" - We must realize what we are reading! "apostle" is a messenger, one who is sent with the authority of the sender. What Paul is claiming here is that he is a spokesman for Jesus Christ, speaking with his very authority. We ought to take a step back and think about a truth that is implicit here in the verse, and indeed, in the whole Bible: the God who created all things speaks to us! Further, what Paul is claiming here is that the very words he is writing are in truth the words of Jesus Christ, the risen Son of God and Lord of the Universe. 1c. "According to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus" Q: Why would Paul choose this phrase? Is it because he is facing his own death? significant xref's for "life" in Pauline corpus generally: Rom. 2:7; 5:18, 21; 6:22-23 ; 7:10 ; 8:2, 6 ; 2 Cor. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:4 (Paul may have had this in mind as he contemplated his own death); Gal. 6:8 ; Eph. 4:18 ; Phil. 2:16; 4:3 xref's for "life" in the PE: 1 Tim. 1:16; 4:8; 6:12; 6:19; 2 Tim. 1:10 ; Titus 1:2 (also connection w/ "promise" in the immediate context!); 3:7 Observations from xref's: The most common adjective Paul uses with life is "eternal" (ex. "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord") This is not merely eternal life in the future, but here and now...in Paul's mind, "life" and "death" were present realities (ex. "the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death" - Rom. 7:10; "the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace" - Rom. 8:6) Paul calls Scripture, or probably more specifically the gospel, "the word of life" (Phil. 2:16) In 1 Timothy: 6:12: "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 6:19: "In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life " In 2 Timothy: 1:10: "but [grace] has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." In Titus: 1:2: "...a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time ," (probably the most signficant cross-reference showing what Paul fully means in 2 Timothy 1:1) 3:7: "so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." 2a. "To Timothy, my beloved child" 2b. "Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord" 2 Timothy 1:1 – 7: Fan into flame the gift of God (tea I. Salutation (vv. 1 – 2) A. Who is Paul? 1. “apostle of Jesus Christ” – Paul is an authoritative messenger of Jesus a. illustration: an ambassador who speaks with the very authority of the President b. application: What we are reading is not merely a personal letter between two friends, but is the authoritative word of God! ( appeal to the class – especially to the men – to be faithful, attentive, and careful readers of the Bible who are submissive to God) 2. “by the will of God” – Paul’s conversion and calling on the Damascus Road 3. “according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” a. Note on historical context – Paul is writing this from a Roman prison (1:16-17; 2:9; and fully expects to die soon (4:6-8, 18) b. Paul’s ministry, and hence Christianity, aims at giving people true life i. Have people read the following PE xref’s: - 1 Tim. 1:16 - 1 Tim. 6:12 - 1 Tim. 6:19 - 2 Tim. 1:10 - Titus 1:2 B. Who is Timothy? 1. “my beloved child” a. Half Jewish, half Gentile, most likely converted under Paul’s ministry in Lystra in Acts 14 (cf. Acts 16:1-5) i. application: Importance of discipleship, i.e. Paul – Timothy model…challenge people to seek out a Paul and a Timothy! b. Close associate of Paul during the 2 nd & 3 rd missionary journeys (2 nd – Acts 16 through 18:17; 3 rd – Acts 18:18 through 20:38) c. Most likely with Paul in his first Roman imprisonment (intros to letters of Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon) II. Paul thanks God for Timothy (vv. 3 – 5) A. Why does Paul thank God for Timothy? (Notice that this is what the text says…don’t miss this! “I thank God …as I remember you constantly in my prayers…”) (Note the warmth of the relationship between Paul and Timothy) 1. Paul thanks God for Timothy because he recognizes God’s providence in Timothy’s life to make him the man that he is – Timothy’s godly heritage, Timothy’s own faith, and Paul’s own spiritual influence on Timothy. 2. Application/discussion (in small groups): How has God providentially made you into the person you are? Through your family? Through mentors or other spiritual influences? 3. Application: Thank God for these gifts of his providence! III. Paul reminds Timothy to develop his spiritual gift (vv. 6 – 7) A. Why does Paul remind Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God? 1. Note linking phrase “for this reason” pointing back to verses 3 – 5. 2. Paul is pointing out that in light of God’s providential gifts to Timothy, he now has his own reponsibility to be a good steward of all that God has given him (i.e. balance of divine sovereignty & human responsibility) 3. Application Question: If you are struggling to grow in your walk with Christ, is it because you are not taking responsibility to develop that which God has given you? B. What is this “gift of God” that Paul speaks of? 1. For Timothy, it could have been the gift of teaching or evangelism, or it might have even been the ministry. That it was given “through the laying on of my hands” means that Timothy was commissioned (1 Timothy 4:14 ; cf. Acts 13:3 where Paul & Barnabas are commissioned) 2. Spiritual gifts are not systematically or neatly defined in the Bible. There is no exhaustive list, nor is there a clear distinction between natural gifts (ones that a person has always possessed that is nonetheless given by God) and spiritual gifts (ones that are given sovereignly by the Spirit after one’s conversion, i.e. tongues). 3. What is clear is that gifts are given by God to every believer not for their own benefit, but for the building up of the body, and thus the controlling idea is love (1 Cor. 13). C. What is required to fan into flame the gift of God? How do we do this? 1. “for”…this little words functions huge here…it indicates that Paul is about to encourage Timothy with a reason why he is able to fan into flame God’s gift. 2. We need God’s grace (“for God gave us…”)…God has given us the something which is required for us to be able to fan into flame God’s gift. 3. Not fear (note the -/+ contrast, “not this, but that) a. This does not mean that we never experience fear, but that we have been given the resources to resist fear. b. Application/Discussion: What do you typically fear? 4. Power 5. Love 6. Self-control notes
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Παῦλος ἀπόστολος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ κατ’ ἐπαγγελίαν ζωῆς τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,
Τιμοθέῳ ἀγαπητῷ τέκνῳ· χάρις, ἔλεος, εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν.
To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Χάριν ἔχω τῷ θεῷ, ᾧ λατρεύω ἀπὸ προγόνων ἐν καθαρᾷ συνειδήσει,
I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience,
ὡς ἀδιάλειπτον ἔχω τὴν περὶ σοῦ μνείαν ἐν ταῖς δεήσεσίν μου νυκτὸς καὶ ἡμέρας,
as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.
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ἐπιποθῶν σε ἰδεῖν,
As I remember your tears,
μεμνημένος σου τῶν δακρύων,
I long to see you,
ἵνα χαρᾶς πληρωθῶ,
that I may be filled with joy.
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ὑπόμνησιν λαβὼν τῆς ἐν σοὶ ἀνυποκρίτου πίστεως,
I am reminded of your sincere faith,
ἥτις ἐνῴκησεν πρῶτον ἐν τῇ μάμμῃ σου Λωΐδι καὶ τῇ μητρί σου Εὐνίκῃ, πέπεισμαι δὲ ὅτι καὶ ἐν σοί.
a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
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Δι’ ἣν αἰτίαν ἀναμιμνῄσκω σε ἀναζωπυρεῖν τὸ χάρισμα τοῦ θεοῦ,
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God,
ὅ ἐστιν ἐν σοὶ
which is in you
διὰ τῆς ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν μου·
through the laying on of my hands,
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οὐ γὰρ ἔδωκεν ἡμῖν ὁ θεὸς πνεῦμα δειλίας,
for God gave us a spirit not of fear
ἀλλὰ δυνάμεως καὶ ἀγάπης καὶ σωφρονισμοῦ.
but of power and love and self-control.
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10000000023045 23045 Arc 2010-01-22 15:07:17 2010-01-29 11:38:35 editing 2 Timothy 1 1 1 7 2 Timothy 1:1-7 55 NT tisch esv i443009 Παῦλος ἀπόστολος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ κατ’ ἐπαγγελίαν ζωῆς τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, i443010 Τιμοθέῳ ἀγαπητῷ τέκνῳ· χάρις, ἔλεος, εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν. To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. i443023 i443024 i443025 i443026 i443027 i443011 Χάριν ἔχω τῷ θεῷ, ᾧ λατρεύω ἀπὸ προγόνων ἐν καθαρᾷ συνειδήσει, I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, i443012 ὡς ἀδιάλειπτον ἔχω τὴν περὶ σοῦ μνείαν ἐν ταῖς δεήσεσίν μου νυκτὸς καὶ ἡμέρας, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. actionresult 2 1 i443028 i443013 ἐπιποθῶν σε ἰδεῖν, As I remember your tears, i443014 μεμνημένος σου τῶν δακρύων, I long to see you, i443015 ἵνα χαρᾶς πληρωθῶ, that I may be filled with joy. progression progression i443029 i443016 ὑπόμνησιν λαβὼν τῆς ἐν σοὶ ἀνυποκρίτου πίστεως, I am reminded of your sincere faith, i443017 ἥτις ἐνῴκησεν πρῶτον ἐν τῇ μάμμῃ σου Λωΐδι καὶ τῇ μητρί σου Εὐνίκῃ, πέπεισμαι δὲ ὅτι καὶ ἐν σοί. a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. ideaexplanation 1 i443030 i443018 Δι’ ἣν αἰτίαν ἀναμιμνῄσκω σε ἀναζωπυρεῖν τὸ χάρισμα τοῦ θεοῦ, For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, i443031 i443019 ὅ ἐστιν ἐν σοὶ which is in you i443020 διὰ τῆς ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν μου· through the laying on of my hands, actionmanner 1 ideaexplanation 1 i443032 i443021 οὐ γὰρ ἔδωκεν ἡμῖν ὁ θεὸς πνεῦμα δειλίας, for God gave us a spirit not of fear i443022 ἀλλὰ δυνάμεως καὶ ἀγάπης καὶ σωφρονισμοῦ. but of power and love and self-control. negativepositive 2 ground 1 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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