In this passage, Paul exhorts Timothy to demonstrate the supernatural presence of God in his life. He begins the letter by reminding Timothy of his genuine faith, of the gift of God that he received and of the nature of the Holy Spirit within him. Paul wants Timothy to remember these three spiritual realities in his life so that he will remain faithful to his calling as the challenges of ministry increase. Paul makes it clear to Timothy that his life is to demonstrate the supernatural presence of God.
These same spiritual realities are true for every believer. More than ever, Christians need to demonstrate the supernatural presence of God in their lives. As Paul exhorts Timothy he is also speaking to all who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior.
1. You have faith in Christ for salvation, youve been born again.
a. Paul knows Timothy believes the gospel of Jesus Christ.
b. This is a reminder to Timothy that he has experienced the supernatural presence of God.
c. Those who are born again have moved beyond a natural world view.
2. Youve been given a supernatural gift, use it.
a. Timothys gift was received from the laying on of hands;
b. The gift of God: charisma, grace gift.
c. Kindle afresh the gift.
d. Paul expected Timothy to use what he had been given.
3. Youve been given divine presence, release it.
a. You have not (have) been given a Spirit
references the Holy Spirit.
b. Paul was concerned that Timothy would be overwhelmed by the persecutions being released against the church.
c. At stake is the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ;
Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord
Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, (2:1);
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God
In the last days, difficult times will come
preach the word
d. You have not been given a spirit of timidity but of power, love, and discipline, (v 7).
A Spirit of Power: a word Paul used most often to refer to the supernatural power of God to accomplish his purpose of establishing His kingdom;
A Spirit of Love: The same love that caused God to sacrifice his son for humanity (Jn. 3:16) has been given to us to serve others.
A Spirit of Discipline: ie. Sound mind, Self control;
4. Believers are people whose lives are to demonstrate the supernatural presence of God.
a. Through faith we are born again and live with the supernatural presence of God.
b. Every believer has been given a spiritual gift, 1 Cor 12:7; Ro 12:6.
c. Believers are expected to have divine confidence.
d. Paul contrasts the elements of fearfulness against the nature of the spirit of God:
Timid vs. supernatural power
Fear vs. love
Confusion vs. sound mind
e. Tips for overcoming the fear of using your gift:
1) Dont do it alone; Get a prayer partner who will pray for you.
2) Humble yourself before the Lord and ask him to use you; Request divine appointments throughout your day.
3) Study the scriptures; Know the truth about the supernatural presence of God and the work of the Holy Spirit for today.
4) Stir up the gift of God in you through practice: use it.
1. Have you been given something? Say yes
2. How do you stir it up?
3. How do you overcome fear? v. 7b.