Main point summary
Dear Timothy: beginning with gospel grace, and remembering your sincere faith, rekindle your God-given gift!
2 Timothy 1:1-7
Παῦλος ἀπόστολος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ κατʼ ἐπαγγελίαν ζωῆς τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ
a an apostle of Christ Jesus
b by the will of God
according to c the promise of the life
that is in Christ Jesus,
Τιμοθέῳ ἀγαπητῷ τέκνῳ,
d my beloved child :
e Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
χάρις ἔλεος εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν.
f I thank God
Χάριν ἔχω τῷ θεῷ,
g whom I serve,
as did my ancestors ,
h with a clear conscience,
ἐν καθαρᾷ συνειδήσει,
as I remember you
ὡς ἀδιάλειπτον ἔχω τὴν περὶ σοῦ μνείαν ἐν ταῖς δεήσεσίν μου
i constantly in my prayers night and day.
νυκτὸς καὶ ἡμέρας,
j As I remember your tears,
ἐπιποθῶν σε ἰδεῖν, μεμνημένος σου τῶν δακρύων, ἵνα χαρᾶς πληρωθῶ,
k I long to see you,
that I may be filled with joy.
I am reminded of l your sincere faith,
ὑπόμνησιν λαβὼν τῆς ἐν σοὶ ἀνυποκρίτου πίστεως, 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 m your mother Eunice
and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
For this reason I remind you n to fan into flame the gift of God,
Διʼ ἣν αἰτίαν ἀναμιμνῄσκω σε ἀναζωπυρεῖν τὸ χάρισμα τοῦ θεοῦ, ὅ ἐστιν ἐν σοὶ διὰ τῆς ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν μου.
which is in you through the laying on of my hands,
for God gave us o a spirit not of fear
οὐ γὰρ ἔδωκεν ἡμῖν ὁ θεὸς πνεῦμα δειλίας ἀλλὰ δυνάμεως καὶ ἀγάπης καὶ σωφρονισμοῦ.
but p of power and love and self-control.
How could Paul endure so much suffering for Christ? Because he believed the gospel--the promise of life in Christ Jesus.
Here's how to encourage like Paul: point out evidences of grace in a fellow believer's life, and then tell him or her you thank God for what you see.
Paul will say tough things in this letter, but he begins with grace.
In light of all we have in Christ, how can we not serve Christ with everything we have?