The Message

2 Timothy 1

11-2 I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!

To Be Bold with God’s Gifts

3-4 Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.

5-7 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

8-10 So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

11-12 This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.

13-14 So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.

15-18 I’m sure you know by now that everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, even Phygelus and Hermogenes. But God bless Onesiphorus and his family! Many’s the time I’ve been refreshed in that house. And he wasn’t embarrassed a bit that I was in jail. The first thing he did when he got to Rome was look me up. May God on the Last Day treat him as well as he treated me. And then there was all the help he provided in Ephesus—but you know that better than I.

Knijga O Kristu

Druga poslanica Timoteju 1

Mojemu ljubljenom sinu Timoteju.Neka ti naš Bog Otac i naš Gospodin Isus Krist podare milost, milosrđe i mir.

Poticaj na vjernost

Timoteju, zahvaljujem za tebe Bogu, kojemu služim čiste savjesti kao i moji preci, dok se bez prestanka, danonoćno, molim za tebe.

Kad se sjetim tvojih suza, obuzme me čežnja da te opet vidim i da se razveselim.

Znam kakvu iskrenu vjeru u Boga imaš - kao najprije tvoja baka Loida, a zatim i tvoja mati Eunika.

Zato te molim: raspiruj duhovni dar koji ti je Bog dao kad sam na tebe položio ruke.

Jer Bog nam nije dao duha bojažljivosti, već Duha snage, ljubavi i razboritosti.

Ne srami se govoriti o našemu Gospodinu niti o meni, iako sam u zatvoru! Budi spreman sa mnom trpjeti zaradi navješćivanja Radosne vijesti. Bog će ti za to dati snage.

On nas je spasio i pozvao nas da živimo svetim životom - ne zato što smo to svojim djelima zaslužili, nego zato što je to bio njegov naum još od vječnosti: da nam daruje svoju milost u Isusu Kristu.

10 Sada nam je sve to objavio dolaskom našega Spasitelja Isusa Krista, koji je skršio moć smrti i učinio da kroz Radosnu vijest zasja život i besmrtnost.

11 Bog me je postavio da budem propovjednik, apostol i učitelj te Radosne vijesti.

12 Zato i trpim ovdje u tamnici. Ali ne stidim se toga jer poznajem onoga u koga se pouzdajem i siguran sam da je on kadar sačuvati povjereno do dana svojega dolaska.

13 Uzor neka ti bude zdravo učenje koje si od mene čuo u vjeri i ljubavi u Kristu Isusu.

14 Dobro čuvaj blago koje ti je povjereno s pomoću Svetoga Duha.

15 Kao što znaš, svi kršćani u Maloj Aziji su me napustili - među njima i Figel i Hermogen.

16 Neka Gospodin milosrđem daruje Oneziforov dom jer me je često znao osvježiti svojim posjetom. Nije se sramio što sam u zatvoru.

17 Naprotiv, kad je došao u Rim, brižno me potražio i pronašao.

18 Neka mu Gospodin daruje milosrđe na dan Kristova dolaska. Znaš koliko mi je puta pomogao u Efezu.