2 Timothy 1:9

Called us with a holy calling (kalesanto klhsei agiai). Probably dative, "to a holy calling." Klhsi here apparently not the invitation, but the consecrated service, "the upward calling" ( Philippians 3:14 ). See 1 Corinthians 7:20 ; Ephesians 4:1 Ephesians 4:4 for the use of kalew with klhsi. Paul often uses kalew of God's calling men ( 1 Thessalonians 2:12 ; 1 Corinthians 1:9 ; Galatians 1:6 ; Romans 8:20 ; Romans 9:11 ). Purpose (proqesin). See Romans 9:11 ; Ephesians 1:11 for proqesin. Which was given (thn doqeisan). First aorist passive articular participle agreeing with cari (grace), a thoroughly Pauline expression ( 1 Corinthians 3:10 ; Romans 12:3 Romans 12:6 , etc.), only here in Pastoral Epistles. Before times eternal (pro cronwn aiwniwn). See Titus 1:2 .