For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB)
From our last post of Hebrews 4:12 “The Surgeon of the Soul” I was lead through the word “spirit” to the verse before us now. It is wonderful how the Word of God is like stepping stones across a raging river, one verse leading to another preserving our life in Him.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy in Ephesus was written circa 64-67 AD from Rome, where Paul was in prison for the second time. The letter is one of encouragement and instruction from a Godly father to his son in the Lord. Paul had first met Timothy in Lystra, he was the son of a Jewish mother and Greek father. Both his mother (Eunice) and grandmother (Lois) were God fearing ladies. They certainly laid the foundation in the young man’s life before he heard and accepted the gospel from Paul. After accepting Jesus Christ Timothy became a loyal disciple for the gospel, working closely with Paul.
As Timothy was adopted by Paul through the gospel of Christ, we are adopted by Almighty God as His children by the same gospel. Through our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Saviour we are gifted the spirit of adoption, co-heirs with Him in His Father’s Family. Through Him we are no longer slaves to sin and fear; “Abba!Father!” (Rom.8:15). Now that is a gift better than any we will find under our Christmas tree this year or any year! Being adopted by Father God we are enabled through Him to discern between error and truth, as He guides us daily through the Word of God in our devotions (1John.4:6, Heb.4:12).
Dear reader, be encouraged by your adoption by Almighty God, your Father. In it He endows you with a Spirit of courage and discernment to tackle your daily life.