Paul had been thinking about his friend, Timothy, and sat down to write him a letter. “Timothy, my dear child,” Paul wrote, “grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord … I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears, so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and that I am confident lives in you.”
Paul wished he could talk to Timothy face to face. There were so many things he wanted to tell him about, warn him about. A Christian can face many difficulties trying to follow God’s commandments, and Paul did not want Timothy to be discouraged.
“Proclaim the word,” Paul continued in his letter, “be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.” Paul spoke out loud as he wrote, as if he were speaking directly to Timothy. “But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry … the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the first judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.”
In spite of how much he wanted to encourage Timothy, Paul, himself felt alone. Most of his traveling companions have gone on to other places. Demas went to Thessalonica, Crescens went to Galatia, Titus went to Dalmatia and Tychicus, at Paul’s request, went to Ephesus. Only Luke remained with Paul. “Try to join me soon,” Paul invited his friend. “Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to me in the ministry . … When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments.” Paul closed his letter saying that, in spite of all the hardships and treachery Paul had experienced, God had protected him. “At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. … But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength.”
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2 Timothy 4
1. What did Paul want Timothy to do with “the word?”
2. What did the Lord do for Paul?
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