Encouragement To Be Faithful
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the Will of God,
According to the Promise of Life
That is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, Mercy and Peace from God the Father
And Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, Whom I serve, as my forefathers did,
With a Clear Conscience,
As night and day
I constantly remember you in my Prayers.
4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you,
So that I may be filled with joy.
5 I have been reminded of your Sincere Faith,
Which first lived in your grandmother Lois
And in your mother Eunice
and, I am Persuaded, not lives in you also.
6 FOR THIS REASON I REMIND YOU
TO FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT OF GOD,
WHICH IS IN YOU THROUGH THE LAYING ON OF MY HANDS.
7 FOR GOD DID NOT GIVE US A SPIRIT OF TIMIDITY,
BUT OF POWER, OF LOVE AND OF SELF-DISCIPLINE.
8 So do not be Ashamed to Testify about our Lord,
Or Ashamed of me His Prisoner.
BUT JOIN WITH ME IN SUFFERING FOR THE GOSPEL,
BY THE POWER OF GOD,
WHO HAS SAVED US AND CALLED US TO A HOLY LIFE--
Not because of anything we have done
BUT BECAUSE OF HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE.
THIS GRACE AS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS
BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME,
But now has 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.
11 And of this Gospel I was appointed a Herald
And an Apostle and a Teacher.
12 THAT IS WHY I AM SUFFERING AS I AM.
Yet I am not Ashamed,
Because I know whom I have believed,
And am Convinced
That He is able to Guard what I have Entrusted to Him
FOR THAT DAY.
13 What you heard from me,
Keep as the Pattern of Sound Teaching,
With Faith and Love In Christ Jesus.
14 GUARD THE GOOD DEPOSIT
THAT WAS ENTRUSTED TO YOU--
GUARD IT WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
WHO LIVE IN US.
15 You know that everyone in the Province of Asia
Has Deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermongenes.
16 May the Lord show Mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,
Because he often Refreshed me
And was not Ashamed of my Chains.
17 On the Contrary,
When he was in Rome, he searched hard for me
Until he found me.
18 May the Lord grant that he will find Mercy from the Lord
ON THAT DAY!
You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
(2 Timothy 1)