The Phantom of Fear – 2 Timothy 1:7

The Phantom of Fear   

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7  

Verse from King James Version with Strong Reference Numbers [These numbers are used to trace the meaning of each word back to the original Greek Language.] =

For  1063 God  2316 hath  1325   not  3756 given  1325  5656 us  2254 the spirit  4151 of fear;  1167 but  235 of power,  1411 and  2532 of  26 love,  26 and  2532 of a sound mind. 4995  

To get started share two random thoughts which come to your mind when you read this verse of Scripture.  



A beginning thought:

Note the use of the word “the” spirit within the King James Version of this verse. Not “a” spirit as in the New King James Version, but “the” – – – this may indicate a specific type of spirit.   


The purpose of asking you to share two random thoughts which come to your mind when you read the Scripture is in order to determine how you respond to Scripture, or this Scripture, nonetheless.  

If your thoughts [answers] were of a personal nature; meaning you related what you read to your personal experience and your thoughts revealed that, you are relating to the Scripture through your soul and spirit most likely.  

If your thoughts [answers] were of an intellectual nature; meaning you explained the text meaning more than related to the text, you are likely to be relating to the / this Scripture, merely on an intellectual level.  

Both are very much needed, in order to fully benefit, within your spirit, to the Scriptures of God as you read them. It is through relating and making personal application that our spirits and lives grow and change. It is via an intellectual understanding that we begin to open our souls to the Scriptures. Whereas, both are needed for full comprehension, many people who relate their personal lives and experiences to Scripture have moved past the intellectual part unconsciously; in most cases having the intellectual understanding of the Scripture without even a conscious awareness of this fact.      

Now lets move to another aspect of this verse; the word “spirit.” The Scripture reads as follows:

“For God has not given us a “spirit 

We will look now at the meaning of this word in the Greek Language. Take special note of the bolded and underlined words within the meaning.  

Next week our questions will be based on the meaning of this word.  


4151.  from 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; figuratively. a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication.) vital principle, mental. disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit:— ghost, life, spirit, mind.

4154.  to breathe hard



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