The gospel will transform the world. The good news that God’s anointed (Christ) is our leader (Lord) changes everything.
So how do we live in a world that is not fully transformed yet? What’s our role? How do we participate in this big story? That’s what Paul discusses in his final letter to Timothy.
This 35 minute podcast was recorded at Riverview Joondalup 2022-01-09.
2 Timothy 1 (my translation, compare NIV)
1 Paul, emissary of King Jesus through God’s design in line with the promise of life in King Jesus, 2 to Timothy, my beloved child: [may you have] grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and King Jesus our leader.
3 [Regardless of the shame and suffering of my imprisonment,] gratitude is what I have towards the One I serve (the God of my ancestors whom I serve with a clean conscience), with the memory of you constantly in the prayers I offer day and night. 4 I keep recalling your tears, longing to see you so I can be filled with joy, 5 the memory of you taking on the authentic faith that resided first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I’m convinced is now in you.
6 That’s why I am reminding you to rouse up the divine gift that is in you through my laying my hands on you. 7 For God does not give us a cowering Spirit, but one of power and love and prudent insight.
8 So, don’t be ashamed of affirming our Master, or of me his prisoner. Let’s join in suffering for the good news [of his kingship] in accord with the power of God 9 who rescued us and called us with his holy call, not on the basis of anything we did but on the basis of his own goal and generosity, as granted to us in King Jesus before the times of the ages, 10 and now revealed through the arrival of our rescuer King Jesus, who terminated death and brought life and incorruptibility to light through the good news [of his reign]. 11 That’s why I was appointed as proclaimer, emissary, and instructor, 12 the reason I suffer these things without shame. For I know who has my allegiance, and I am convinced he has the power to protect my contribution to the day of his reign.
13 Follow the model you heard from me of healthily verbalizing the trust and love that’s in King Jesus. 14 And that good contribution from the Holy Spirit who resides in us — guard it.
15 You’re aware of how all in Asia Minor [Timothy’s region] turned against me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May our Master extend mercy to Onesiphorus’ household because he regularly provided relief for me without being ashamed of my imprisonment. 17 When he came to Rome, he conscientiously chased me up and found me. 18 May the Lord grant him to receive mercy from our Master in the day [of his reign]. He also served in many ways in Ephesus, as you well know.