Timothy has the distinction of being Paul's last Epistle.
Clearly he knew that death was imminent, by then an "any day"
event. This paragraph proves so. "For I am
now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at
hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my
course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for
me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto
all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come
shortly unto me." Second Timothy 4:6-9, dying
chapters, the 83 short verses of Second Timothy ... perhaps show
Paul, the great Apostle's heart, more clearly than anything he
Epistle we meet Timothy's Mother and Grandmother, at least by
name. Lois and Eunice were godly ladies. Oh yes, Timothy is the
addressee of the Letter. "To Timothy,
my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from
God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I
serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that
without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night
and day; greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy
tears, that I may be filled with joy; when I call to remembrance
the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy
grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that
in thee also." Second Timothy 1:2-5
strongest ever confession of faith is Second Timothy 1:12.
"For I know whom I have believed, and am
persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed
unto him against that day."
Timothy 2:1-4 Paul likens serving Jesus to being an an army!
"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the
grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast
heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to
faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou
therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No
man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this
life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a
Then in 3:1-5
Paul characterizes the "dangerous" last days. Adjectives with
which we are all now familiar. "This know
also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady,
highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having
a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such
And maybe the
doctrinally strongest words in Second Timothy:
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be
perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." The
Bible, God's perfect Word, Second Timothy 3:16-17.
And how does
Paul end his earthly walk with the Lord? These are his last
words, written words. "The Lord Jesus
Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you.
Amen." Why of course, he concludes with "Grace!"
If you love
studying God's Word, and have learned to appreciate Paul ...
Second Timothy is must reading.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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