If I were to write a final letter before I died, what would I say? What would you say?
2 Timothy is Paul’s final letter. He is on trial for his life – again. Unlike when he wrote Philippians, though, he does not think he will make it out of this trial alive. Paul is ready to die for Christ. He wants to write this final letter to Timothy to encourage and challenge him. Timothy is very important to Paul – Paul saw Timothy’s grandmother and mother come to faith, and saw Timothy as a young man become a Christian and pastor, and serve the cause of Christ. Paul encourages Timothy to be bold, to love, and be disciplined.
One of the things I love most about Christianity is the family of faith God has given us. I have so many people who have poured into my life. I have tried to pour into so many people’s lives. This creates incredible connections with each other through Christ – connections that cross the boundaries of space and time. The Lord calls us to be personally connected to Him – directly, and without needs of intermediaries (people in-between). But He also calls us together and unites us – and the connections we have are so powerful.
Paul was willing to open himself up and invest his life into Timothy – Timothy loved Paul as a spiritual father and mentor. As we invest in each other, following Christ, we are blessed with incredible relationships that change our lives.
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New Living Translation
Greetings from Paul
1This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus.
2I am writing to Timothy, my dear son.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
Encouragement to Be Faithful
3Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
5I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.