Paul offers a personal challenge to Timothy to keep following Jesus no matter the sacrifice and risk.
The letter also reminds Timothy to maintain faith and hope in Jesus' resurrection and raise up faithful leaders who will teach the good news about Jesus. They must focus on the Scriptures' unified storyline that leads to salvation in Jesus.
While following Jesus, believers will experience challenges, suffering, risk, tension, discomforts, and struggles. In those dark and difficult moments, Jesus' presence can become tangible, something Paul has experienced firsthand through his imprisonment.
A Higher Calling
In Paul's final and most personal letter, he encourages Timothy to accept his calling and deal with corrupt teachers in the Jesus movement.
Accepting The Call
Paul encourages Timothy to accept his calling. It involves committing to something bigger than himself, willingly sacrificing and enduring challenges to accomplish a greater good.
2 Timothy mentions corrupt teachers who abandoned the hope of Jesus' resurrection and new creation for a hyper-spiritualized Christianity that is disconnected from daily life.
Raising Faithful Leaders
Paul calls Timothy to raise up faithful leaders who will teach the good news about Jesus and focus on the core message of Scripture.
The Nature of Scripture
Divinely-inspired and God-breathed, Scripture is useful for teaching, challenging, correcting, and training so that God's people can be saved and prepared to do good.
Paul Experiences Jesus
Imprisoned and abandoned by almost everyone, Paul experiences the personal presence of Jesus who stands with him and will deliver him even in death.