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Dual Duties of Discipleship View video
2 Timothy 1:9 - 1:18
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 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. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
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. What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
14. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
15. You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16. May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
17. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.
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.
Reflection
Guarding the Gospel (1:9–14)
Why does Paul take the time to tell Timothy, a young pastor of strong faith, the Gospel message again? Because even the most faithful of Christians can forget the Gospel¡¯s power. In Timothy¡¯s day, false teaching was rampant in his area of Ephesus. It was imperative that he maintained the highest standards of purity when it came to his teachings on the Gospel. Thankfully, Paul notes that this responsibility to guard the Good News is not dependent on human ability, for he has the help of ¡°the Holy Spirit who lives in us¡± (v. 14). We may be two thousand years removed from Paul and Timothy, but our calling remains the same. We must commit to maintaining the purity of the Gospel message. To do any less is to rob the blood of Christ of its power.

The Pursuit of the Downtrodden (1:15–18)
It is clear throughout all of Paul¡¯s letters that he has a gift of encouragement. As it turns out, he has received some encouragement of his own. Though Paul has been deserted by comrades who were once loyal to him, one brother, Onesiphorus, stands out as a model of Christian friendship. This man did not just give up on Paul when he was imprisoned but ¡°searched hard¡± until he found him (v. 17). Once he located Paul, Onesiphorus refreshed him enough not only to earn a mention in Paul¡¯s letter but to warrant Paul asking the Lord for mercy on his entire household. Praying for and visiting brothers and sisters who are suffering for the faith is an important duty for all Christians. Doing so could be an act of mercy and ministry to a brother or sister in great need of encouragement.
Application
- Those who have been saved by the blood of Christ will never tire of the Gospel. Make it a habit to routinely preach the Gospel to yourself and your fellow Christians.

- God has tasked believers with caring for others within the body of Christ. How can you encourage a Christian brother or sister who is suffering mentally, physically, or spiritually today?
A Letter to God
Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting me into the work that You do. I ask that You would ignite a passion for the Gospel within my heart. Make me a believer who preaches its truth daily with every step I take. In Jesus¡¯ name. Amen.