This second epistle which was written several years after the first draws a totally different picture before our eyes. Paul was a prisoner again and awaited death. But the condition of the believers had deteriorated.

The assemlies which Paul had so carefully planted and nourished departed more and more from their source of life and strength, the Lord Jesus.

But even if the house of God, the church, is in decay because the believers become unfaithful to their Lord, the Lord Jesus abides faithful: He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

Paul saw that his young co-worker Timothy might be frightened and maybe despair at his spiritual father’s death as he might see himself all by his own amidst the beginning decline of Christendom. This is why Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage and strengthen him by this farewell epistle.

In spite of the decay of Christendom the Lord Jesus remains always the same. In Him everything is sure and stable.

In this epistle we, therefore, find seven times the expression ‘in Christ Jesus’:

  • Life (chap. 1:1)
  • Saving Grace (chap. 1:9)
  • Faith and Love (chap. 1:13)
  • Keeping Grace (chap. 2:1)
  • Salvation (chap. 2:10)
  • Godly Living (chap. 3:12)Faith (chap. 3:15)
  • Faith (chap. 3:15)



Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control. Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago, and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:6‭-‬10 RSV

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