Posts Tagged ‘Paul and Timothy’

2 Timothy 4:19-22 Closing Thoughts

Paul’s last letter was not REALLY the last time he would see his friends. Heaven awaits!

Paul concludes his letter like he always does, thoughts of others. This is his last letter but he still remembers those he has served alongside.

This closing doesn’t sound as urgent as our last reading did. I guess that would also depend on when this letter was posted. If Timothy received it in Spring or Summer he had a long time before Winter arrived. But if he got it in the Fall, making it before Winter would be pushing it. Travel in Winter, for this type of journey would be impossible. And we don’t know how much time Paul had left. Read more »

2 Timothy 4:9-18 Final Requests

Paul wanted his family about him at the end of his days.

Paul has a few personal tasks for Timothy before he closes his letter. These might sound mundane to some but they were of great importance to Paul. He fought hard and wanted a couple of comforts at the end.

This is the last letter that Paul writes, that we have anyway. This is also his second time in a Roman prison. The second time is nothing like the first. The first time he was a “prisoner” he actually lived in a house he rented. He had guards but was able to entertain visitors and interact fairly freely with his neighbors. This time, he is not treated gently. In my efforts to learn more about this time, I found a reputable write-up about it at Check it out if you wish. Read more »

2 Timothy 3:10-17 Fully Equipped

Paul wasn’t the author of the path either. It was Jesus.

Paul returns his focus to Timothy. He extols his perseverance in following Paul’s example of following Jesus. Paul also assures Timothy that it is not going to get easier but to lean into the word, which will see him through.

Paul is not expecting to get out of his current situation. He wants to leave Timothy with a strong word of encouragement. The best accolade he has to offer is what he has seen in Timothy’s life. Paul has followed wherever the Holy Spirit has led him. And Timothy has faithfully followed. Timothy hasn’t simply tagged along but joined in fully, even in times of persecution. Timothy has “followed my teachings, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecution and sufferings” (verses 10-11a). Read more »

Philippians 2:19-30 Praise and Prayer Report

God knows which ones to send and at what time.

Paul pauses to do a little housekeeping and give a praise report. He shares his heart concerning two men that are precious to both him and this congregation.

Timothy is someone very near to Paul’s heart. He is like a son to him. His is his spiritual son but Paul feels an even closer bond to him. This bond was forged through trials and commitment. Timothy was willing to do whatever he could to help Paul. He was a faithful servant, an eager student, and a devoted brother in Christ. Paul was very blessed by Timothy. I believe God sent him as a comfort for all he was to go through.

God sends us friends. “Three types of friends: friends for a season, friends for a reason, and friends for a lifetime.” I don’t know who wrote this but it is so true. I believe Timothy was certainly in the last category and fit the other two also. We know Timothy didn’t remain at Paul’s side for the rest of his life but his heart was always with him. Paul encouraged Timothy as a young minister and held him up in prayer all the time. Read more »

2 Corinthians 1:1-2 Greetings Again

Welcome, come on in little one. We have much to discuss.

Paul is writing to the church at Corinth again. This is not a happy letter but another one that had to be sent. He starts out with his customary greeting but even it has a slight bite to it.

Paul sent Timothy with his last letter to this body of believers instead of coming himself. He was hoping to visit them when they were in a better place. Timothy apparently came back with a less than glowing report. Many of the believers accepted Paul’s instructions and repented but there was a group that didn’t. Timothy brought word of this to Paul and now he has to address this group. Read more »