August 17, 2021 – Tuesday
2 Timothy 1:7 NET
7 For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 CJB
7 For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.
You have three versions above of the same verse. All use Spirit instead of spirit as found in most versions or translations. The New English Translation (NET) provides the following explanation for the uppercase Spirit in this verse, the reference to the Holy Spirit at the end of this section (1:14) makes it likely that it begins this way also, so that the Holy Spirit is the referent. Both the NIV and the CJB reflect this as well and even more so in how the sentence is structured.
This verse and this letter from Paul to is unusual as it is Paul who is imprisoned in Rome and facing death in the near future. One might expect it to be Timothy writing to Paul and encouraging him, but that is now what is going on here. It is Paul writing to Timothy telling him not to be timid or not to act in timidity. And instead of timidity it might have been translated not to act in cowardice.
For this reason, Paul brings up the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, which does not produce timidity or cowardice in believers. Instead, it grants or produces in all Christians power, love, and self-discipline. As a result all cowardice, fear of danger, fear of man’s disapproval in doing what Jesus has called us to do, comes not from the Holy Spirit, but from God’s adversary and our adversary.
The qualities listed in the verse are those God creates in us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Thus, we are told what type of people Christians are made into by the gift of the Spirit. And if this be true, then Satan wants to convince us to be otherwise. Matthew Poole describes the gifts of the Spirit Paul has stated for Timothy: power: by power he means Christian courage and fortitude, not declining duty because of danger threatening us in the performance, but enabling us to encounter the greatest dangers and difficulties; love; love to God, and to the souls of his people; love so strong as to constrain us to be willing to lay down our lives for Christ, and for his church and people; and where we have self-discipline Poole had sobriety; sobriety is a very general term, and signifies the moderation and government of our passions; that which seems to be here meant is such a govermnent, and composure of spirit, that nothing shall deter us from the discharge of our duty; and the term sound mind, opposed to a meak and sickly mind, staggering at every danger, may well enough express the apostle’s sense.
I don’t know about you, but this does not imply seeking out danger, but simply being able to stand firm on God’s word when it comes to choices we will make in everyday life. It may be as simple as what conversations will we participate in? What conversations will we walk away from? And it matters not what those around us might say or think for we are following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Not that we are ‘better’ than others, but that we are seeking to please God and not our fellow man.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for giving us the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter. Help me to always listen to the direction and guidance given by You through the Holy Spirit. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton