Read 353.) the 4 chapters of II Timothy. Paul’s final letter, he has been imprisoned in Rome again, and is going to be executed for the faith. It is about AD 66. As the great Apostle has faithfully served his Lord as the Apostle to the Gentiles for an entire generation, at least 30 years; he is now facing the end of his life and ministry, and more than anything, wants to see the Gospel message go on after him. So, after encouraging Timothy in chapter 1, and reminding him of his situation in prison, Paul instructs Timothy to keep the message going. Timothy is the second, or younger generation, but Paul tells Timothy to pass it on down to others after him, and that they, in turn should keep it going forth to yet others after them. It has, and we have it right on down to our day, today, some 2,000 years later. From 2:8, we have the very essence of the Gospel message, which is, “Jesus Christ, raised from the dead….” For, as he says in verse 10, “Salvation is in Christ Jesus.”
Chapter 2 contains a couple of other gems, too. Verse 15 is the admonition to seek to be an approved workman of God’s, being able to correctly handle the Word of truth. There are many in our day who do not! The closing passage of chapter 2, verses 24 thru 26, teach us explicitly how to stand firm and to fight for the truth. Unlike how one might expect, our declaration and defense of the truth is to be in a sort of quiet and self-controlled fashion, with a trust in God for one’s defense, and that He will work a work of repentance in the heart of one’s opponent.
From chapter 3, and verse 12, comes one of those promises we’d rather not hear, how that all those who desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Since sinners approve of others who do as they do, they are convicted and become vindictive when a godly person’s character, faith, words and actions show their own for the wickedness that they are. The chapter closes in verses 16 and 17 with one of the most popular passages concerning the Bible, itself. The Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God. He breathed it out. It contains our teaching, tells us when we are wrong, tells us how to get right, and helps us, or trains us, to remain on the right path in Christ Jesus. We who believe know that it is His Word! And, it confirms itself to us as being His Word day after day.
From the last chapter, we have Paul’s final words, see verses 6 thru 8, and 18. His dying hope is to enter into God’s heavenly kingdom, of which we have the details from Revelation, chapters 21 and 22. It is God’s glorious goal and purpose, and ought to be our own greatest heart’s desire! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell