Monday, September 10, 2012

Second Timothy

Second Timothy.  The Holy Bible.  New King James Version.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.

Paul’s second letter to his protégé Timothy begins with a look back.  He connects the heritage he received, no specifically mentioning his Jewish heritage but I think implying it, to the Christian heritage Timothy received from believing family members.

The encouragement continues in the following paragraphs.  Specifically, he urges Timothy to remember what Jesus Christ did to save them (and all Christians) and be faithful to the Gospel.  Not only that, Timothy was called to preach the Gospel and to show others how to do the same.  He was to be a pastor, and like Paul, a pastor to pastors.

Diligence and focus are needed in a pastor, or really any Christian.  There are many distractions and temptations.  Even if one doesn’t fall into heinous sin, it is easy to slip into fruitless disputes and worldly worries.  How can Christians stand up for the truth in the face of opposition when they are debating minutia with their brothers or exhibiting character that is no better than anyone else’s?

Timothy was faithful, though.  He was living worthy of his calling and Paul wanted him to continue.

Paul was anticipating the end of his life as he wrote this letter.  He asked Timothy to come to him, bringing a few things and a few friends.  The old apostle had few friends around to help him, but he continued to trust in God.

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