Robertson Word Pictures - 2 Timothy 1:9 - 1:9

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Called us with a holy calling (kalesantos klēsei hagiāi). Probably dative, “to a holy calling.” Klēsis here apparently not the invitation, but the consecrated service, “the upward calling” (Phi 3:14). See note on 1Co 7:20; Eph 4:1, Eph 4:4 for the use of kaleō with klēsis. Paul often uses kaleō of God’s calling men (1Th 2:12; 1Co 1:9; Gal 1:6; Rom 8:20; Rom 9:11).

Purpose (prothesin). See note on Rom 9:11; Eph 1:11 for prothesin.

Which was given (tēn dotheisan). First aorist passive articular participle agreeing with charis (grace), a thoroughly Pauline expression (1Co 3:10; Rom 12:3, Rom 12:6, etc.), only here in Pastoral Epistles.

Before times eternal (pro chronōn aiōniōn). See note on Tit 1:2.