2 Timothy Chapter One
2 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 Tim 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Tim 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
Paul has forefathers, at least two generations that was faithful to the Old Testament Law as did Timothy. See verse five
2 Tim 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
Timothy should be mindful that not only does Paul miss him greatly and prays for him often but that he also sheds tears over him.
2 Tim 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
2 Tim 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Paul laid his hands on Timothy and commended him to the work of the Lord, and He encourages Timothy to remember that. He says, "Don't forget what your job is Timothy".
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Paul was a prisoner when he wrote this letter and he is telling Timothy to not be afraid, in case he too, should be made a prisoner.
2 Tim 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Timothy should not be scared into silence in speaking of Christ and to not be afraid to let his fellowship with Paul be known. He is to be willing to suffer persecution for the sake of the gospel.
Paul goes on to briefly tell him again of just what he is to not forget.
2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2 Tim 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2 Tim 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
2 Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Paul expresses his great faith in Jesus Christ.
2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
He tells Timothy to "keep on keeping on".
2 Tim 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
That "good thing" that was committed unto him is the gospel of Christ for salvation and the Doctrine of Christ for growing in grace and obedience. He is to preach one and teach the other.
2 Tim 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
Paul is speaking of those who oppose him and naming two of them.
2 Tim 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
Paul is naming one who helps him. This man gives relief to Paul and helps to make his stay in prison more bearable. He is not afraid to be known as a Christian and to fellowship with Paul.
2 Tim 1:17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.
Paul didn't get word out to him for help, the man looked very earnestly for Paul and was prompt about finding him.
2 Tim 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
This man helped Paul before, at Ephesus. He was a Christian deacon doing good works.