2 Timothy 4
(1-8) Preach the Word
Paul encourages Timothy to preach the Word and always be ready to share his faith whether through a reprove, a rebuke, or an exhortation. God’s Word is truth, but there will come a time when people will no longer want to hear the truth. They will turn away from listening to Biblical teaching and will instead find their own teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. However, true followers of Christ are to always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist by sharing our faith with others, and fulfill the ministry which God has given us to do.
Paul writes that his time on earth is almost over. Soon the Lord will call him home to Heaven. He is confident that he has done his job for the Lord well and has kept the faith despite going through many trials and tribulations. Because he has finished his race well, he knows that a crown of righteousness has been set aside for him and will be awarded to him by Christ. Everyone who keeps the faith and faithfully finishes their race will be awarded by Christ when He comes.
(9-18) Personal Instructions
Paul gives some final words about people who have helped and hurt him in the ministry. 1 John 2:15 warns us against being like Demas and loving this present world. If we love the world and the things in the world more than we love God, then the love of God is not in us.
Paul doesn’t go into specifics, but he tells of how Alexander the coppersmith did him great harm. Paul is not interested in revenge of any kind because he knows that God will repay Alexander for his unkindness. Even though Paul has forgiven his harmful actions, he has not forgotten them, and is trusting God to right the wrongs that have been made against him. Even when everyone deserted Paul and no one stood by him, Paul continued to proclaim the Gospel fully and faithfully because God stood by him and strengthened him.
Favorite verse: (7) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.