THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
Author: The apostle Paul (1:1).
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 67, during Paul's second imprisonment, near the time of his martyrdom (4:6).
Place of Writing: A Roman prison (1:16-17).
Recipient: Timothy (1:2).
Inoculation against the Decline of the Church
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the awill of God baccording to the 1cpromise of dlife, which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, beloved achild: Grace, 1bmercy, peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
II. The Divine Provisions
for the Inoculation --
A Pure Conscience, Unfeigned Faith,
the Divine Gift, a Strong Spirit,
Eternal Grace, Incorruptible Life,
the Healthy Word, and the Indwelling Spirit
3 I thank God, whom I 1aserve 2from my bforefathers in a 3cpure conscience, while unceasingly I have remembrance concerning you in my petitions dnight and day,
4 aLonging to see you, remembering your btears, that I may be cfilled with joy;
5 Having been reminded of the aunfeigned faith in you, which 1dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your bmother Eunice, and I am persuaded dwells also in you.
6 For which cause I remind you to 1fan into flame the agift of God, which is in you through the 2blaying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a 1aspirit of bcowardice, but 2of cpower and of dlove and of esobermindedness.
8 1Therefore do 2not be aashamed of the btestimony of our Lord nor of me cHis prisoner; but dsuffer evil with the 3egospel 4according to the fpower of God;
9 Who has saved us and 1acalled us with a holy calling, not according to our bworks but according to His own 2cpurpose and dgrace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus 3before the etimes of the ages
10 But now has been 1amanifested through the bappearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who 2nullified cdeath and brought 3dlife and 4eincorruption to light through the gospel,
11 For 1which I was aappointed a 2herald and an apostle and a teacher.
12 For which 1cause also I asuffer these things; but I am 2not bashamed, for I know 3whom I have cbelieved, and I am persuaded that He is able to dguard 4my edeposit unto 5fthat day.
13 aHold a 1pattern of the 2bhealthy words that you have cheard from me, in the 3dfaith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
14 aGuard the good 1deposit through the Holy bSpirit who 2dwells in us.
III. The Basic Factor of the Decline --
Forsaking the Apostle and His Ministry
15 This you know, that all who are in 1aAsia 2bturned away from me, of whom are 3Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16 May the Lord grant amercy to the house of 1bOnesiphorus, for he often crefreshed me and was not dashamed of my echain;
17 But being in aRome, he sought me out diligently and found me.
18 May the Lord grant him to find amercy from the Lord in 1bthat day. And in how many things he served me in cEphesus, you know best.