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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:1-5

Here is, I. The inscription of the epistle Paul calls himself an apostle by the will of God, merely by the good pleasure of God, and by his grace, which he professes himself unworthy of. According to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, or according to the gospel. The gospel is the promise of life in Christ Jesus; life is the end, and Christ the way, John 14:6. The life is put into the promise, and both are sure in Christ Jesus the faithful witness; for all the promises of God in... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Timothy 1:1-7

1:1-7 This is a letter from Paul, who was made an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and whose apostleship was designed to make known to all men God's promise of real life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy his own beloved child. Grace, mercy and peace be to you from God, the Father, and from Christ Jesus, our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience, as my forefathers did before me, for all that you are to me, just as in my prayers I never cease to remember you, for,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Timothy 1:1-7

Paul's object in writing is to inspire and strengthen Timothy for his task in Ephesus. Timothy was young and he had a hard task in battling against the heresies and the infections that were bound to threaten the Church. So, then, in order to keep his courage high and his effort strenuous, Paul reminds Timothy of certain things. (i) He reminds him of his own confidence in him. There is no greater inspiration than to feel that someone believes in us. An appeal to honour is always more... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:5

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee ,.... This caused him to give thanks to God for it, whose gift it is and made him the more desirous of seeing one, who was a true believer, and an Israelite indeed. This is to be understood of the grace of faith, which was implanted in the heart of Timothy by the Spirit of God, and was genuine and sincere; he believed with the heart unto righteousness; his faith worked by love to God, and Christ, and to his people, and was... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Timothy 1:5

The unfeigned faith that is in thee - Timothy had given the fullest proof of the sincerity of his conversion, and of the purity of his faith. Which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois - In Acts 16:1 , we are informed that Paul came to Derbe and Lystra; and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, who was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek. Luke, the historian, it appears, was not particularly acquainted with the family; Paul... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Timothy 1:5

Verse 5 5Calling to remembrance that unfeigned faith Not so much for the purpose of applauding as of exhorting Timothy, the Apostle commends both his own faith and that of his grandmother and mother; for, when one has begun well and valiantly, the progress he has made should encourage him to advance, and domestic examples are powerful excitements to urge him forward. Accordingly, he sets before him his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice, by whom he had been educated from his infancy in such... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:1-7

Reminiscences. A ring once given to an old and loved friend, who in later life had been cut off from the former loving intercourse by the inevitable course of events, bore this touching inscription, "Cara memoria dei primieri anni" (dear memory of old times). The memories of a happy unclouded youth, of youthful friendships, of joyous days, of pursuits lit up by sanguine hopes and bright expectations, are indeed often among the most precious treasures of the heart. And in like manner the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Address and salutation. "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord." The language is similar to what is found in other of Paul's Epistles. The peculiarity is that his apostleship is here associated with the promise of the gospel, which like a rainbow spans our sky in this dark world. It is the promise by preeminence;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:3-5

Thankful declaration of love and remembrance of Timothy's faith. I. THE APOSTLE 'S AFFECTIONATE INTEREST IN HIS YOUNG DISCIPLE . "I give thanks to God, whom I serve from my forefathers in a pure conscience, as unceasing is the remembrance I have 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." 1 . The apostle begins all Epistles with the language of thanksgiving. God is the Object of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:5

Having been reminded of for when I call to remembrance, A.V.; in thee for that in thee, A.V. Unfeigned ( ἀνυποκρίτου ) ; as 1 Timothy 1:5 (see also Romans 12:9 ; 2 Corinthians 6:6 ; 1 Peter 1:22 ; James 3:17 ). Having been reminded, etc. (see preceding note). Thy grandmother Lois. ΄άμμη properly corresponds exactly to our word "mamma." In 4 Macc. 16:9, οὐ μάμμη κληθεῖσα μακαρισθήσομαι , "I shall never be called a happy grandmother," and here (the only... read more

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