2 Timothy is the 16th book in the New Testament and is widely accepted to have been written by Paul around 67-68 AD; although there are some controversies regarding this (Smith, Jay). One controversy in particular states that Paul was dead before this document was written (Who wrote 2 Timothy?). I personally believe the author is in fact Paul because of the relationship described between Paul and Timothy. Paul was writing to Timothy from prison to give him final instructions and words of encouragement (Smith, Jay). You can tell the brotherly love that Paul have for Timothy because he mentions how he wishes Timothy would be with him. The letter of 2 Timothy is thought to have been Paul’s last letter. Paul probably wrote this letter after him Roman imprisonment and after his final missionary journey (Smith, Jay). It seems Paul had a good idea his life was coming to an end, this is probably a big part in him urging timothy to visit (Smith, Jay).There are themes of Courage, Faithfulness, and Preaching in this book (Newton, Melanie).
Paul starts of 2 Timothy addressing Timothy as his dear son and goes on to tell him how much he misses him. Paul acknowledges his knowing of the faithfulness of Timothy’s descendants, Lois and Eunice, Timothy’s grandmother and mother. Paul understands Timothy may be afraid during these times of severe persecution but he tells him not to because the Lord is the protector of all. Paul was pretty much Timothy’s mentor, Timothy was in a difficult transition in his life. Timothy was going from a student of Paul’s to being urged to teach the gospel on his own. Paul wrote to reassure Timothy that in times of trouble the Lord should be his rock. Paul must have seen a problem with foolish arguments and g...
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...same people will be the ones who Paul is referring to in 2 Timothy 3:6 “ They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires.” I suppose Paul could have been referring to men who break into the homes of weak women or false teachers who break into the minds of spiritually weak women. (Guzik, David)
I think 2 Timothy has more than meets the eye. This book is full of useful doctrine applicable to our lives today. Paul wrote to give Timothy courage, strength, wisdom, and endurance. These very same things can be offered to us today. Reading this book I take from it a mind-set to lead. This book is great for young leaders. It offers encouragement to those who are nervous about spreading the gospel and reminds them not to be ashamed for the Lord is with them.
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