2 Timothy 2:1
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New International Version
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

New Living Translation
Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.

English Standard Version
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,

Berean Study Bible
You therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

International Standard Version
As for you, my child, be strong by the grace that is in the Messiah Jesus.

NET Bible
So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You therefore, my son, be strengthened in the grace which is in Yeshua The Messiah,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My child, find your source of strength in the kindness of Christ Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

King James 2000 Bible
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

American King James Version
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

American Standard Version
Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace which is in Christ Jesus:

Darby Bible Translation
Thou therefore, my child, be strong in the grace which [is] in Christ Jesus.

English Revised Version
Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
You then, my child, must be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

World English Bible
You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
Study Bible
Grace and Perseverance
1You therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things that you have heard me say among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be qualified to teach others as well.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

2 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,

2 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Timothy 2:10
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles would hear it. So I was delivered from the mouth of the lion.
Treasury of Scripture

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

my.

2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

See on

1 Timothy 1:2,18 To Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

be.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

Joshua 1:7 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do …

Haggai 2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the LORD; and be strong, O …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

II.

(1) Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.--St. Paul, after the reference to the faithless Asiatics and the true loyal Onesiphorus, with which he interrupted his exhortation, turns again to Timothy. Thou therefore (oun), my son, considering what has taken place, be strong. It is as though he said, Imitate the one loyal follower, and make up to me for the faithless conduct of so many false friends. "Thou, then, be strong," but not as men understand strength or firmness; but do thou be strong "in the grace that is in Christ Jesus"--that is, be strong in the power of that inward sanctification which enables a man to will and to do according to what God has commanded, in the power of that inward sanctification which alone proceeds from Christ, and which will never be wanting to any one who is in Christ; in other words, "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).

Verse 1. - Child for son, A.V.; strengthened for strong, A.V. Be strengthened (ἐνδυναμοῦ); more exactly (as Huther), become strong, or, which is the same thing, strengthen thyself; implying, perhaps, though gently expressed, some previous weakness, as m Hebrews 11:34, "From weakness were made strong;" where the image seems to be that of recovery from sickness. In Ephesians 6:10, however (ἐνδυναμοῦσθε ἐν Κυρίῳ), there is no evidence of preceding weakness, but only a call to use the strength they had; and it may be so here too. The strength, Timothy is reminded, by which he was to fight the good fight, was not his own, but that which would come to him from the grace and love of Jesus Christ (comp. 1 Corinthians 15:10; Philippians 4:13). Thou therefore, my son,.... The illative particle, "therefore", shows the connection between this and the preceding chapter; the appellation, "thou, my son", expresses the apostle's tender affection for Timothy, and is the rather used to engage his attention to the advice he was about to give him; which is, that since he had received the true grace of God, and unfeigned faith dwelt in him; and since he had such gifts, qualifying him for the work of the ministry; and since so good a thing as the glorious Gospel of the blessed God was committed to his trust; and since there were so many who had departed from it, and so few that abode by it, he would have him

be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; by which may be meant either the free favour and love of God in Christ, Romans 8:39 which is in itself always strong, immovable, and unalterable; and is the strength and security of the saints, though they have not always the same strong believing views of it; and to be strong in it, is to be rooted and grounded in it, and to have a strong sense and firm persuasion of interest in it, and that nothing can separate from it: or else the Gospel, which is a declaration of grace, and is in Christ, and comes by him; and to be strong in it, is to preach it boldly, to defend it bravely, and courageously oppose every error and heresy, and every abettor thereof; and it also becomes every private believer to hold it fast, stand fast in it, abide by it, and earnestly contend for it; and so the phrase may stand opposed to , or "one strong in the law", which is so often used by the Jews (d): or rather by grace is meant the fulness of grace which is in Christ, for the supply of his people; for in that grace which is in him, and not in that which is in themselves, should their dependence be. It is very agreeable to be strong in grace received, in point of exercise, but not in point of contentment; so as to rest satisfied with the present measure of it, without growing in it, and going on to perfection; and much less in point of consolation, so as to derive peace and comfort from it; and still less in point of trust and confidence in it; for it is but a creature, though a very glorious one, being the workmanship of God, and very variable as to its exercise, and as yet imperfect; and not that, but the object of it, is to be trusted in: though indeed a person's enjoyment of everlasting glory and happiness may be strongly concluded from the work of grace which is begun in him; that being an immortal seed, and a well of living water springing up into eternal life; and with which glory is inseparably connected. But grace in Christ is what believers should always have recourse unto, and exercise faith on; and not only believe that there is such a fulness of grace in Christ, which they have both heard of and seen, and which they know is laid up for them, and given to them, and is sufficient for them; but they should go forth out of themselves unto it, and draw water with joy out of the full wells of salvation in Christ: and this grace is of a strengthening nature, both to ministers of the word, to enable them to fulfil their ministry, to bear reproaches, afflictions, and persecution for the Gospel, and the infirmities of weak brethren; and to private believers, to strengthen them against every corruption, temptation, and snare, to exercise every grace, and discharge every branch of duty.

(d) Targum in Ruth ii. 1. & in Psal. lxxxii. 1. & cxii. 2. & in Eccl. x. 17. & in Cant. viii. 10, vid. T. Bab. Sota, fol. 14. 1. & Tzeror Hammor, fol. 9. 3.CHAPTER 2

2Ti 2:1-26. Exhortations; to Faithfulness as a Good Soldier of Christ; Errors to Be Shunned; the Lord's Sure Foundation; the Right Spirit for a Servant of Christ.

1. Thou therefore—following my example (2Ti 1:8, 12), and that of Onesiphorus (2Ti 1:16-18), and shunning that of those who forsook me (2Ti 1:15).

my son—Children ought to imitate their father.

be strong—literally, "be invested with power." Have power, and show thyself to have it; implying an abiding state of power.

in the grace—the element IN which the believer's strength has place. Compare 2Ti 1:7, "God hath given us the spirit of power."2:1-7 As our trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Christ stronger. This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. All Christians, but especially ministers, must be faithful to their Captain, and resolute in his cause. The great care of a Christian must be to please Christ. We are to strive to get the mastery of our lusts and corruptions, but we cannot expect the prize unless we observe the laws. We must take care that we do good in a right manner, that our good may not be spoken evil of. Some who are active, spend their zeal about outward forms and doubtful disputations. But those who strive lawfully shall be crowned at last. If we would partake the fruits, we must labour; if we would gain the prize, we must run the race. We must do the will of God, before we receive the promises, for which reason we have need of patience. Together with our prayers for others, that the Lord would give them understanding in all things, we must exhort and stir them up to consider what they hear or read.
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