Bible Reading Day 301
Day 301: October 28 (2 Timothy 1)
Today we move on to Paul’s second letter to his son in the faith, Timothy. This letter is later, and more personal, than the first, and was probably written during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome. There are some similarities in language with the letters Paul wrote from prison.
Paul urges Timothy not to be timid, but to be strong in his faith. He also encourages him to testify for the Lord. The strength Timothy needs comes from the Lord.
Paul also reminds Timothy of his own calling as an apostle, and the consequences of that (suffering, imprisonment, and rejection). He urges Timothy not to be ashamed of his spiritual father; that God is pleased with them both, even though they face opposition and others have abandoned them.
Paul’s perspective is clearly shaped both by his conversion experience, and his certainty that Jesus is coming back for his followers. Perhaps the most famous verse of chapter 1 (among many) is verse 12: “I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.”
As you read today, let Paul’s encouragements to Timothy also encourage you; and, standing firm in your faith, testify to the good news of Jesus whenever He gives you opportunity.
Have a great day!