Paul wrote an edifying letter to Timothy and to us, full of edifying, exhorting and comforting words. Both Paul and Timothy were in constant danger of being put to death by the Romans for proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom. They needed and we need a spirit of power, love, and self-control.
3 I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day 4 longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 having been reminded of the sincere faith that is in you, which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also.
6 For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control [a sound mind]. 2 Tim 1:3-6
Sincere faith that is in you.
Having been reminded of the sincere faith of Timothy, Paul exemplifies grandmother Lois and mother Eunice for their faith, alluding to the godly influence of grandmothers and mothers.
God didn’t give us a spirit of fear.
The fear of death is the root of all fear, apprehension, consternation and confusion. The devil keeps unbelievers in bondage through fear of death (Heb 2:15).
Jesus broke the power of the devil and the fear of death over and in His people of faith by His own death (Heb 2:13-18). By being born of Mary as a human being and sacrificing Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sin He died. When He died, people of faith who have been baptized, died to sin and inherited everlasting life (Ro 6:1-14). Because we have been delivered from the tyranny of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of God’s Son (Col 1:13-14), we have no fear of death, for we will not perish but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Jn 3:16
The the devil is a defeated enemy destined for the lake of fire and sulfur (Rev 20:10). Still he walks around seeking whom he may devour. Thus, we must be sober, self-controlled and watchful.
8 Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Withstand him steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brothers who are in the world are undergoing the same sufferings. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Messiah Yeshua, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11
By His grace, God gave us a spirit when He created us in Christ Jesus.
The moment we believed in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, our Savior and Lord, God created us in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10, 2 Co 5:17) and gave us a spirit. Through regeneration (Titus 3:3-8), God brought us to born again life in Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit and given a spirit in addition to our body and soul.
The power of perceiving and grasping divine and eternal things, and upon which the Spirit of God exerts influence, spirit, says Luther, “is the highest and noblest part of man, which qualifies him to lay hold of incomprehensible, invisible, eternal things; in short, it is the house where Faith and God’s word are at home.” source
May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 1 Thes 5:23
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. 15 For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba!† Father!”
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; 17 and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah, if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. Ro 8:12-17
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts. 19 They, having become callous, gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you didn’t learn Messiah that way, 21 if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Yeshua: 22 that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new man, who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. Eph 4:17-24
God gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control. 2 Tim 1:7
Immediately following that statement, Paul expands on the meaning and application.
8 Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Messiah Yeshua before times eternal, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Messiah Yeshua, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News. 11 For this I was appointed as a proclaimer, an emissary, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For this cause I also suffer these things.
Yet I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed to him against that day.
13 Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Messiah Yeshua. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 2 Tim 1:8-14
Peter tells us to partake of the divine nature, by which we walk in power, love, and self-control.
1 Simon Peter, a servant and emissary of Yeshua the Messiah, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah: 2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Yeshua our Lord, 3 seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence [noble character]; and in moral excellence, knowledge; 6 and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control perseverance [power of endurance]; and in perseverance godliness; 7 and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to not be idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 9 For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, * be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. 11 For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah. 2 Peter 1:1-11
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