Paul's Greeting to Timothy
(2 Timothy 1:1-2)
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, according to the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2To Timothy, my true child in the faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Warning against False Teaching
3Just as I urged you to remain in Ephesus when I was going to Macedonia, so that you might warn certain men not to teach other doctrines,
4nor to give heed to myths and endless genealogies, which bring speculations rather than God’s stewardship, which is in faith.
5Now the goal of our instruction is love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and a sincere faith,
6from which some, having missed the mark, have turned aside to meaningless discourse,
7desiring to be teachers of the Law, understanding neither what they are saying nor that about which they confidently assert.
8Now we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
9knowing this, that law is not enacted for a righteous one, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for slayers of man,
10for the sexually immoral, homosexuals, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and if anything other is opposed to being sound in the teaching,
11according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
God's Grace to Paul
12I have thankfulness for the One having strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, that He esteemed me faithful, having appointed me to service,
13being formerly a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and insolent; but I was shown mercy, because I did it in unbelief, being ignorant.
14And the grace of our Lord surpassingly increased with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15Trustworthy is the saying, and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
16But because of this I was shown mercy, that in me, the foremost, Christ Jesus might display perfect patience, as a pattern for those being about to believe on Him to eternal life.
17Now to the King of the ages, the immortal, invisible, only God, be honor and glory to the ages of the ages. Amen.
18I commit to you this charge, Timothy, my child, according to the prophecies going before as to you, that by them you might wage the good warfare,
19holding faith and a good conscience, which some, having cast away, have caused a shipwreck concerning the faith,
20among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, that they may be disciplined not to blaspheme.