“Introduction to Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy”
Categories: 2 Timothy
Quoting Marshall Patton from His Truth Commentary on 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon by the Guardian of Truth Foundation:
“This epistle is altogether different from 1 Timothy. From the dungeon of the Mamertine prison in Rome, Paul writes under conditions that are in sharp contrast to those of his first imprisonment in the imperial city. He faces the sentence of death with no hope of acquittal. The tone of this epistle is one of finality, of reminiscence of a sacrificial life well spent and now to be eternally rewarded, and of farewell instructions to a beloved son to whom a torch of great responsibility is being passed. The whole epistle may be summarized from a fourfold viewpoint: 1. Paul’s concern for Timothy. 2. Paul’s concern for the church. 3. The need for strict adherence to the Gospel. 4. Paul’s farewell.”
Here are Patton’s introductory comments on chapter one:
“This chapter marks the beginning of Paul’s last letter. He is in his second imprisonment in Rome, and this time he is facing certain execution in the not too distant future. Well may one expect a greater degree of fervor and a note of finality in every line that he writes. This chapter, subject wise, may be viewed as follows: (1) Salutation (1:1-2); (2) Thanksgiving (1:3-5); (3) Paul’s concern for and encouragement to Timothy (1:6-12); (4) Paul’s charge to Timothy (1:13-14); (5) Paul’s associates (1:15-18).”
Please read 2 Timothy 1:1-5 for tomorrow.
Have a blessed and dry day!
- Louie Taylor