2 Timothy 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God's plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2 I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours! 2 To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 Every time I say your name in prayer - which is practically all the time - I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. 3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
4 I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
5 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith - and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! 5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
6 And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed - keep that ablaze! 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7 God doesn't want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
8 So don't be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,
9 who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
10 But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus. 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
11 This is the Message I've been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
12 It's also the cause of all this trouble I'm in. But I have no regrets. I couldn't be more sure of my ground - the One I've trusted in can take care of what he's trusted me to do right to the end. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
13 So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It's as sound as the day you first heard it from me. 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
14 Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
15 I'm sure you know by now that everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, even Phygelus and Hermogenes. 15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16 But God bless Onesiphorus and his family! Many's the time I've been refreshed in that house. And he wasn't embarrassed a bit that I was in jail. 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
17 The first thing he did when he got to Rome was look me up. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.
18 May God on the Last Day treat him as well as he treated me. And then there was all the help he provided in Ephesus - but you know that better than I. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.