by Theodore Wright
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV):
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
The word for “fear” in the verse above is not referring to general fear as it is commonly known. The word in the original greek language is not ‘phobos’ (φοβος) but rather is ‘deilias’ (δειλιας) which means “cowardice”. God has not given us a spirit of cowardice. The actual context of the words found in
2 Timothy 1:6-9 (KJV): 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. 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; Who hath 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 us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
2 Timothy 3:15 (KJV): And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Holy Scriptures are sufficient to supply the message of salvation to us. Salvation is by faith in none other than Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV): 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.
It is the Scriptures that are God inspired. As we place our faith in Christ through them then we are completely equipped to perform resulting good works.
2 Timothy 4:1-2 (KJV): I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
What word was Timothy to preach? God’s word, the Holy Scriptures, of course. The Scriptures he knew and grew up with was what he was to preach revealing God’s salvation. To be instant with the gospel, like instant coffee. We’re not to be slowly perking preachers. It is always open season for soul winning. The priority is urgent because God will judge.
2 Timothy 4:3 (KJV): For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
This time has already come when people desire to trust teachers before going to the Scriptures. They should be seeking God through the Scriptures themselves. It is not teachers and Bible commentators that shed light on God’s word. Rather, it is God’s word, the Holy Scriptures, that sheds the light on the teachings of men whether they be of God or not. The reason they don’t place their entire trust in the Scriptures is because they only want to believe what they want to please only themselves, uncaring of what God really wants and says.
2 Timothy 4:4 (KJV): And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Faith is not to be placed in fictitious stories and based on man-made traditions which are unproven as being from Christ or from the apostles and prophets.
2 Timothy 4:5 (KJV): But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Keep your eyes fully open to God’s Bible truth and declare God’s Scriptural truth even when it hurts.
Finally, stop making cowardly excuses for not sharing the good news of the scriptures and tell people about the saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Do you need to know how to start sharing the gospel? Then read “Evangelism method: The Prognostic Questions“.