Duration: 365 days
Paul is in prison again, and he senses that this imprisonment will end in his execution. So he writes once more to Timothy, referring to him as “my dear son.” God has given Timothy a gift, and Paul needs to fan that gift into flame again. The church in Ephesus needs Timothy.
Paul knows that even though he is chained, God’s Word isn’t. He challenges Timothy to pass on God’s truth to faithful people who will teach others.
Two men were falsely teaching that the resurrection from the dead had already happened, probably in a spiritual or symbolic sense. But Paul tells Timothy not to be surprised by such error in the “last days” (2 Timothy 3:1), which began with Jesus’ first coming. Timothy is to stand firm in what he has learned, for “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). Timothy has an important job at a crucial time: to cut a pioneering path before people with God’s truth—a straight, true path.
But, Paul warns, a time is coming when people won’t want to hear the truth. Timothy is to persevere, teaching the truth patiently. God will reward him for his faithfulness. Paul, who has run his race well, signs off his letter to his friend.
The King’s Heart
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
God’s Spirit stirred men to write his words. And the Scriptures are “alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12) not only because God breathed them but also because his creative breath is still powerful and working.
When we read Scripture, we’re not reading mere words. God’s breath is in them, working through them. As we read, something we can’t see but that is still very real happens. God’s Spirit transforms us. He teaches us new ways to think and see the world. He softens our hearts and straightens what is bent.
As we seek to know God’s heart through his words, he meets with us—tenderly making us more whole, healed and free. God’s Word is a sweet gift from him.
“Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11). Mark abandoned Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, and as a result the two men split company over Mark’s desire to join them on the second trip (see Acts 13:13; 15:36–40). But now things have changed. Mark has proven himself to be a dedicated servant of God and a true friend of Paul.
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