Vs. 1 Intro – Very brief. Humility…? Last of Paul’s letters. Shorter and shorter.
Vs. 4 – Acts 16:1-5 – Timothy’s mother was a Jewess and a believer. His father however was a Greek. Timothy was circumcised in Acts 16:3 to make the traveling easier. The faith is passed on in families. Sincere faith! The believers spoke well of Timothy 16:2, so that Paul wanted to take him along.
Vs. 6 – Timothy received a spiritual gift through prayer… 1 Timothy 4:14 – he received a gift through a prophetic message when the elders laid hands on him. I’d suspect this occurred before he went on the mission trip. 1 Timothy 1:18 refers to these prophetic messages too and encourages Timothy to stick to the path laid before him.
Vs. 7 – Spirit of power of love and of self-discipline. 1 Cor. 16:10 – See to it that Timothy has nothing to fear when he comes to you. Timothy shouldn’t be timid, but knowing that he is, the brothers and sisters need to not add to his timidity. Support each other in our weaknesses. 1 Tim 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you since you are young.
Vs. 8 – Don’t be ashamed to testify about the Lord.
Vs. 9-10 – The grace of Christ has been given to us before the beginning of time, but now it has been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought immortality and light through the gospel. It’s always been his plan to save. Now it has been revealed. How do you know God is love – through Jesus!
Vs. 13 Keep the pattern of sound teaching with faith and love in Christ. Faith and love should accompany sound teaching.