I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Chiasmus of 2 Tim 1:3—14

I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to— 
A. fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you

   B. through the laying on of my hands,

      C. for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

            D. (i) Therefore do not be ashamed of
                 (ii) the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but

            E. share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,

                F. who saved us and called us to a holy calling,

X. not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, (i.e., the gospel)

    F. 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,

E. 12 which is why I suffer as I do.

D. (i) But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he             is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.13 
      (ii) Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me,

      C. in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
   B. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us,

A. guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

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