Written around A.D. 67-68 during Paul’s second imprisonment in Rome, shortly before Paul’s martyrdom, the apostle’s pastoral letter to Timothy is a passionate cry for company and fellowship, at a time when Paul felt his mission on earth was near fulfillment.
Timothy continued to oversee the church in Ephesus, as he stood fast awaiting the Lord’s second coming so that not only prophecy be fulfilled, but rewards be given onto those who toiled in the name of Jesus Christ, just as Paul’s spiritual son, Timothy himself did for years upon years under great persecution and evil.
“1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2 Timothy 1-2)
Paul identifies himself as the author of this letter, an apostle of Yeshua, of Jesus the Christ, the messiah and savior of man. The apostle’s humility, reverence to God almighty and his love for his spiritual son are obvious and heart felt.
“3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day. (2 Timothy 3)
Paul shows his gratitude and reverence for Yahweh, our heavenly Father who’s promise of eternal life through faith in His son continues to fuel the spiritual fire within each believer.
The apostle shares his outpouring of love for Timothy, as he includes the young leader in his prayers which he describes as being “without ceasing,” a biblical trait in tune with the character of God.
“4 Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy.” (2 Timothy 4)
Paul’s emotional outreach should be regarded as a joy filled vessel by which the fulfillment of prophecy would come, as each believer is awarded his or her portion according to our works.
“5 When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.’ (2 Timothy 5)
Paul first met Timothy in Lystra during his first missionary journey through the Macedonian region. Timothy’s mother was a Jewess, a believer, and his father was Greek. Paul knew of the faith that dwelled within both Lois and Eunice, which eventually flowed onto young Timothy, an anointed, ripe fruit to be used by God through Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles.
“6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 6-7)
Paul reminds Timothy of the supernatural gift bestowed upon him as the apostle placed his hands on him, that Timothy would continue to stand fast by his faith in Jesus Christ, and rely on the word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to battle and defeat the enemy. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre