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2 Timothy 1:14

ESV By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
NIV Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
NASB Protect, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
CSB Guard the good deposit through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
NLT Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
KJV That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

What does 2 Timothy 1:14 mean?

Paul has mentioned both God the Father and Jesus Christ in the early parts of this letter. In this verse, the Holy Spirit becomes the focus. He "dwells within us." The Holy Spirit began this indwelling work at Pentecost (Acts 2). In Romans 5:5 Paul noted, "Hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Interestingly, this is the only time the Holy Spirit is mentioned specifically in 2 Timothy. Paul also wrote about the Spirit in his first letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1).

The Holy Spirit's role here is that of protection and strength. Similar words were used to end Paul's first letter to Timothy: "guard the deposit entrusted to you" (1 Timothy 6:20). Just as Paul had been entrusted (2 Timothy 1:12), Timothy had likewise been entrusted with much. Paul instructed him to guard the investment in his life and persevere as a devoted follower of Christ.
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