2 Timothy 2:1 - Power in Union with Christ!

2 Timothy 2:1 (TEV) As for you, my son, be 
strong through the grace that is ours in union with 
Christ Jesus. 


How can someone be strong in grace? Grace 
means undeserved favor. Just as we are saved by 
grace (Ephes. 2:8, 9), we should live by grace 
(Colossians 2:6). This means trusting completely in 
Christ and 'his' power, and not trying to live for 
Christ in our strength alone. Receive and utilize 
Christ's power. He will give you the strength to do 
his work. [Life Application SB] 


   Today's passage is from Paul's letter to 
Timothy. The apostle encourages the young man - and, 
by extension, every believer - to face 
difficulty as a good soldier. The military term 
"soldier" implies that we are in a battle. And in 
fact, the combat started before Adam and Eve's 
   We see the first evidence when almighty 
God, who had created all the celestial beings, 
nevertheless allowed Satan and other angels (thereafter 
known as "demons") to rebel against Him. They 
established their own kingdom and waged war with the 
   Later we see this strife extend to all 
humankind. In the Garden of Eden, Satan tempted Eve to 
violate God's command by eating forbidden fruit. Her 
disobedience corrupted mankind's innocence, and ever 
since, all human beings have been born with a 
nature bent away from the Lord - and with a 
profound need for a Savior. 
   Tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus 
modeled how to be victorious in spiritual conflict: 
by means of Scripture. God's Word gives us 
everything we need to win - from offensive and 
defensive weapons (Eph. 6:10-17) to the proper 
perspective on our adversaries' real identity: "Our 
struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against 
the  spiritual forces of wickedness in the 
heavenly places" (v. 12). 
   When we see ungodliness in our society, 
the Enemy may at times seem to be winning. Yet 
we who are saved have assurance that we belong 
to Him who is greater - and who will have the 
final victory (1 John 4:4; John 16:33). View daily 
battles biblically and look to God, who is mightier 
than all evil. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] re 2 Tim. 2:1-4 


   God had only one plan for propagating the 
gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth: 
word of mouth. One person who experienced God's 
favor in Christ Jesus would pass that truth on to 
other trustworthy people. 
   If someone has passed on a heritage of 
faith that led you to salvation, then you have 
indeed experienced God's favor. Who first opened 
the pages of Scripture to you? Who did the Holy 
Spirit use to bring you to salvation? Who 
discipled you in the truths of the Christian faith? 
All of us who have come to a saving knowledge of 
Jesus Christ came to faith through the faithful 
witness of trustworthy brothers and sisters in 
   It has been said that Christianity is 
always just one generation away from extinction. We 
have the wonderful privilege of passing on to 
the next generation the truth that someone 
entrusted to us. God may be calling you to invest time 
and truth in a young child, a coworker, a 
relative, or someone else's teenager. Trust the Holy 
Spirit to give you the heart and wisdom to pass on 
your rich heritage of faith to another 
trustworthy person. 
   LORD, thank you for the blessed privilege 
of being used by your Holy Spirit in the lives 
of others. Prepare the hearts of those to whom 
you are calling me to witness. Give me boldness 
mingled with love, and let me not miss or shy away 
from any opportunity to pass on to others the 
great truths that have changed my life. [Praying 
Through The Bible By Fuller re 2 Tim. 2:1, 2] 

   When Simon Peter stepped out of the boat 
and attempted to walk on the water to Jesus, he 
was afraid. "And beginning to sink he cried out 
'Lord, save me!' " (Mt 14:30). Fear makes you sink. 
   When Jesus healed the paralytic, His 
first word was, "Have courage, son," and His 
second, "Your sins are forgiven" (Mt 9:2). When 
Jesus lifted the guilt, this lifted the fear 
which, in turn, lifted the paralysis.  
   When the disciples fell on their faces at 
the top of the Mount of Transfiguration, 
terrified because they had heard the voice of God, 
Jesus said: "Get up; don't be afraid" (Mt 17:7). 
Fear puts you down; faith lifts you up.  
   The man who brought back the unused 
talent said: "I was afraid and went off and hid 
your talent in the ground" (Mt 25:25). His life 
investment was in a hole in the ground! Fear did it.  
   Again, it was said of the disciples that 
they were gathered "with the doors locked because 
of their fear of the Jews" (Jn 20:19). Fear 
always puts you behind closed doors; it causes you 
to become an ingrown person.  
   Joseph of Arimathea was "a disciple of 
Jesus"but secretly because of his fear of the Jews" 
(Jn 19:38). Fear always drives a person 
   A man I know says that fear gave him cold 
feet. Prior to the Lord delivering him from fear, 
his circulation was so bad that he had to wear 
socks in bed. "Now," he says, "my circulation is 
normal. God took away my fear and gave me warm 
   God, I see that fear is indeed costly. It 
is so costly that I dare not keep it. But I 
cannot easily get rid of it, for it has put its 
roots deep within me. Help me tear it up, root and 
branch. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. [Every Day With 
Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional] 


2 Timothy 2:1 - Power in Jesus!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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