Paul told Timothy to remember, weigh well and consider to stir up
(to kindle, inflame one's mind, strength, zeal) the gift of God,
which Timothy received when Paul, "put his hands on him."  

“Laying on of hands” is a doctrine of the church.  Paul laid his
hands on some and the holy spirit was given to them.  Paul had
laid his hands on Timothy for some gift.  This could have been the
holy spirit, as the next verse seems to imply.  Previously Paul
mentioned another “laying on of hands” by the presbytery or
elders for a different gift for Timothy.  That gift was given by
prophecy, or through inspired prophecy of the elders.  That gift
seems to have been a gift predicted for the future, at the time of
the “laying on of hands,” and was probably the gift of teaching.  
Obviously these were men of God who were close to Him.  We
don't see this type of activity today, because most are very far
from God.  Even those who claim to be His teachers and
preachers are far from Him!

6  Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God,
which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
1Ti 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by
prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Ac 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost
came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.   

Verse 7 seems to indicate that the gift Paul is referring to in verse
6 is the holy spirit.  For he says that God has not given <us> <the
spirit> of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind.  This is an
obvious reference to the holy spirit.  The mind of God has no fear
(timidity, fearfulness, and cowardice).  These are the traits we
see in the teachers who preach a watered down, or no law
message today.  They are fearful that if they preach the truth all
their supporters will leave them.  They are timid.  Of course, they
put it this way, "I want to present the word of God in such a way
that it will not run people off!"  But, what they are really saying is
that their presentation is of such importance that they will thwart
God's plan if they don't walk on tiptoes in what they say to their
followers.  While one should not try to deliberately run people
away, neither should he be so fearful that he cannot speak the
truth.  God is a God of a sound mind.  The holy spirit is His mind
and He gives us part of that mind to discern truth and those who
claim to teach the truth.

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.

1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because
fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  

Re 21:8 But the fearful (timid), and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars,
shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death.  

Are we going to be ashamed of the truth?  Are we going to be
ashamed of the ten commandments of God?  The <testimony> of
God was the two tables which consisted of the ten commandments
and put in the ark.  The Messiah came to magnify those ten
commandments.  He did not speak His own words, but what the
Father gave Him.  This is what Paul is referring to.  The gospel of
The Messiah was a magnification of the ten commandments or the
testimony that is even now in the ark in the temple of heaven.  
The ark is called the ark of the testament or testimony.  We have
many today that are ashamed of that testimony.

Paul also admonished Timothy to not be ashamed of Paul the
prisoner.  But, to be a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel, the
testimony, the magnification of the law, as God gave him the
ability and strength.

8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me
his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according
to the power of God;

Re 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen
in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and
voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Ex 25:21  And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the
ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.   

It is God the Father who made salvation possible for us.  It is God
the Father who has called us with a calling that separates us from
the rest of the world (a holy calling).  One, who is holy, lives his
life righteously.  Our calling is not to live according to our
business plan, but according to God's business plan or purpose for
us; and this loving-kindness was originated before the world
began, when it was determined to send the Son of God into the
world to make this possible.

9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to
our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given
us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This plan, begun so long ago, was made known just a few years
before this writing of Paul.  For, The Messiah and our Savior
came suddenly to His temple in AD27.  He was sacrificed on the
tree in 30AD abolishing eternal death for all those whom the
Father calls.  He brought or gave us the instructions for eternal
life through His teachings and through the redemption of our past
sins made possible by His death.

10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel:

God established Paul as a messenger, and one sent forth with
orders, and a teacher or one who opens knowledge to others of
the Gentiles or those who were not Jews.  Paul was commissioned
by God to teach the gospel of The Messiah.  He was sent forth
with orders to follow.  In other words, he was not preaching his
own ideas, or the ideas of someone who was paying him well to
teach their ideas.  By the time of this writing, it was a well-
established fact that God had chosen him to teach the gospel.

11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a
teacher of the Gentiles.

For this reason, Paul suffered in the execution of his duties.  But,
he was not ashamed to do so.  Paul had committed his life into
God's hands.  Paul knew the power of God and was without doubt
that God was able to keep his life and raise him up in the
resurrection if and when he suffered death in this life.

12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not
ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is
able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Therefore, he admonished Timothy to hold on to the sound
teaching that he had heard of Paul.  To do this in the faith or
assurance and love which is made possible by the death and
eternal life of Yahshua, The Messiah.

13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in
faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

The good thing, which was committed to Timothy, was the gift of
teaching the Gospel of The Messiah.  By the power of the holy
spirit that resided in him he would be able to keep or hold on to
that gift.

14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost
which dwelleth in us.

In verse 15 <all> who were in Asia had turned away from Paul.  
He mentions two by name, Phygellus and Hermogenes.  This could
have been the reason that Paul was thankful day and night that
Timothy had remained faithful as we saw earlier.  Most people
are only loyal to themselves.  They are quick to turn away when
they don't feel they are <getting> their proper share of the
attention they think they deserve.  Paul was the one who had
been given the gift of teaching, the call to preach the gospel to the
Gentile world.  Others thought he was taking too much to himself
just because he was doing the job he had been given to do.  But,
Paul must have been rather discouraged to think that his labor
had been spent only to have them turn away from him.  It was no
doubt a test to Paul to see if he would be faithful in the face of
others spurning him in this way.

15  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from
me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

But there was one man and his family who had not been ashamed
of Paul being a prisoner.  His name was Onesiphorus and he was
often a breath of fresh air to Paul.  For this, Paul asked God to be
merciful to him and his family.

16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft
refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

When Onesiphorus was in Rome, he diligently searched for and
found Paul.  For this, Paul asked God to grant Onesiphorus mercy
in the day when the resurrection occurs and eternal life is given.  
Onesiphorus was also attendant, looking after Paul's needs in
many things at Ephesus as Timothy was already aware.

17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found
18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day:
and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest
very well.

Perhaps the most striking thing I have learned in this section is
that the testimony mentioned in verse 8 is the ten commandments
of God.  That is, the ten commandments as they were magnified
by The Messiah according to the spirit rather than the letter.  For
those of the Old Covenant had always understood them only in
the letter.  Of course, this is totally missed by those who teach, in
their ignorance, that the "law" is done away.  We saw that the
ten commandments are in the ark of the testimony in heaven.  
The ark in the tabernacle built during Moses time was just a type
of the real one in heaven!  The two tables of the covenant or the
testimony that was placed inside the ark were only copies of the
real ones in heaven!  And some people feel that God has decided
to do away with them!  Someone is without understanding.  
Someone is without the holy spirit!  That is the same as saying
that God has done away with His mind!  God's mind is summed up
in the ten commandments!  Don't ever let anyone tell you that the
ten commandments are done away or watered down.  Only
someone without the holy spirit could mouth such things.

The New Covenant is based on these ten commandments which
are in the ark of the testimony in heaven.  The Messiah's Gospel
was that we are to be forgiven of our past sins by His blood and
that we are to live by the ten commandments in the spirit of what
they express instead of just the letter.  This gives us a greater
goal to accomplish and a greater means of being able to
accomplish that goal.  It was this Gospel that Paul was
commissioned to teach, and called to be its messenger.

Notice how Paul addresses Timothy as "my son."  Sometimes,
Paul refers to Timothy as his "brother."  No other writer of the  
Paul wants Timothy to be strong in the loving-kindness of The
Messiah, Yahshua.  This action goes two ways.  Timothy was to be
strong in the receipt of the loving-kindness of God and was to be
strong in the distribution of that loving-kindness to others.  This is
shown in verse two where Paul admonishes Timothy that what he
has heard from the apostle, Timothy is to teach <faithful> men
who will be able to teach others.  Paul was not the only witness of
the truth.  He was only one among many other witnesses.  

Paul seems to be committing to Timothy the responsibility to be a
teacher of teachers!  Timothy was to look out faithful or reliable
men who would be loyal to the truth, men filled with the holy
spirit, and teach them the truths that Paul and others had passed
on to Timothy.

1  Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the
same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Timothy was to be a good soldier of God.  He was to endure the
trials that would surely come his way.  

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

One who is a good soldier does not divide his attention among the
many possible affairs of life.  The easiest way to loose a battle
and indeed the entire war is to become sidetracked with other
pursuits.  However, if one would please his Master, he will not
allow this to happen.  

Recall how that after The Messiah was raised from the dead
Peter said, I go fishing.  The excitement of the experience with
The Messiah was beginning to wane.  Peter now realized that
Yahshua was not going to set up the kingdom at that time.  It was
time to get back to work and make a living.  But The Messiah said
to him, "Feed My lambs."  

This is what Paul is telling Timothy.  Timothy had been called out
to be a teacher of teachers.  He was not to allow himself to return
to the mundane affairs of making a living, but was to fulfill his
duty as a good soldier.

4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that
he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Joh 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing.  They say unto him,
We also go with thee.  They went forth, and entered into a ship
immediately; and that night they caught nothing.  

Joh 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son
of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?  He saith unto him, Yea, Lord;
thou knowest that I love thee.  He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Now here is an important principle that we must live by.  We are
to strive to overcome, however, if we don't strive <lawfully>,
there will be no crown!  There is no point in putting out a lot of
effort, if we are breaking the rules while we do so.  This is what
we have been saying for some time to these preachers of
unrighteousness who say that the law is done away!  They don't
want to hear, and indeed cannot hear for they are the servants of
Satan.  Paul says that if we want to be crowned, we have got to
endure lawfully.

5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he
strive lawfully.

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