ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 263

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ
Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised
through faith in Christ Jesus.
I am writing to Timothy, my dear son.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and
Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience,
just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my
prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted.
And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled
your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same
faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames
the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God
has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed
of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God
gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For
God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we
deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of
time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all
of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the
power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through
the Good News. And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a
teacher of this Good News.

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