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II Timothy
At his first trial Paul's friends deserted him and he was alone.

II Timothy

The eleventh of Paul's Epistles is II Timothy. It was written towards the end of Paul's life, in approximately 67 AD.

Before he died, Paul wanted to pass his ministry on to his faithful assistant, who has served him well for many years.

The letter is one of encouragement and it urges Timothy to continue his duties in a faithful manner. Timothy is told to stick to the doctrine he has been taught and to expect to be persecuted for preaching the Gospel; but above all, Timothy is told that he should put all his confidence in the word of God which he is preaching.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
1.
Paul opens this letter to his long-time companion by asking God to bless him. How does Paul refer to Timothy in this opening of the letter?
My dearly beloved son
My dearly beloved friend
My dearly beloved brother
My dearly beloved fellow
Paul has known Timothy for a long time. He recalls how Timothy's mother and grandmother also shared their faith.

II Timothy 1:1-6
"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
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; greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 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. 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"
2.
In the last days men will be full of sin and will resist the truth in the same way that which two men stood against Moses?
James and John
Joshua and Joel
Joseph and Jeremiah
Jannes and Jambres
II Timothy 3:1-8
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith."

The two men are not named in the Old Testament, but there is rumoured to be an apocryphal book called "The Book of Jannes and Jambres" in which the two are identified as Pharaoh's magicians who turned their rods into serpents. The serpent which came from Aaron's rod devoured theirs
3.
Talking of his approaching death, Paul says that he has finished his course. What is it that he says he has fought?
A mighty battle
The Devil
A good fight
Sin
Paul is not afraid of death. He knows that great reward awaits him, and all Christ's followers, in Heaven.

II Timothy 4:6-8
"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing"
4.
Timothy is urged by Paul to bear the hardships which come to him and not to become entangled in this life, because Jesus has chosen him to be His what?
His slave
His soldier
His servant
His emissary
Paul tells Timothy to spread th Gospel to as many people as he can, and to gain strength from Jesus so that he can endure the inevitable hardships to come, as a soldier would.

II Timothy 2:1-4
"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier"
5.
Paul tells Timothy that all of what, comes from divine inspiration?
All prayer
All scripture
All song
All knowledge
From scripture, or the Bible, we get knowledge and correction.

II Timothy 3:16-17
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works"
6.
Paul says that he has been imprisoned because God chose him to be a preacher, an apostle, and what else, to the Gentiles?
A voice
A minister
A light
A teacher
Despite his imprisonment, or whatever else may befall him, Paul remains steadfast in his faith in Jesus Christ.

II Timothy 1:11-14
"whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 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. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us"
7.
Paul warns Timothy that if he denies Christ then Christ will deny him. He assures Timothy, however, that if he dies through Christ then he will live with him. What does Paul say will happen if we suffer through Christ?
If we suffer we shall rest with Him
If we suffer we shall be healed
If we suffer we shall reign with Him
If we suffer we shall be exalted
No matter what happens to us on Earth, we must always keep our faith in Christ to receive our reward in Heaven.

II Timothy 2:11-13
"It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself"
8.
Paul tells Timothy to be gentle and patient with everyone; even those who have been taken captive by the Devil. Paul says that such folk have been caught in the Devil's what?
The Devil's snare
The Devil's web
The Devil's noose
The Devil's trap
Timothy is told not to argue with such people. Hopefully God will help them to free themselves.

II Timothy 2:24-26
"And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will"
9.
At his first trial Paul's friends deserted him and he was alone. God was with him, however, and saved him from what?
From the glory of the cross
From the mouth of the lion
From the tongues of the fire
From the sword of the executioner
Even though they deserted him, Paul hopes that God will forgive his friends.

II Timothy 4:16-18
"At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen"
10.
God, says Paul, has given them power, love and wisdom. What does he say God has not given them?
Anger
Arrogance
Fear
Pride
Despite the hardships which may come from being a Christian, Paul says that God will give them strength to get through, without giving in to fear.

II Timothy 1:7-8
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 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"

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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