Another thing you may notice in the upcoming letters from other Apostles, is
that they all spoke as if the
End Times was at hand in their own lifetimes. Thatís because Jesus said
to be ready (Matthew
24:42-44) and that nobody knows when that time will be (Mark
For some people it may seem silly to live your life preparing for something
that you arenít certain will happen in your lifetime, but if you ask the
residents of New Orleans if they wish they had prepared for hurricane
Katrina, youíd surely get an emphatic YES to your question, and
friends, if youíve ever read the Olivet Discourse (Matthew,
Chapter 24) or The Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. John, the End Times
makes hurricane Katrina look like a calm breeze ... Literally!
Soooooooo, were all the efforts of the Apostle's in vain cuz the End Times
did not come at that time? God forbid. In fact if ya think about it ... When
each soul dies, what they believed at THAT time is what path they will take
Heaven or Hell.
Now, with that in mind, you may better appreciate Paulís sense of urgency to
tell Timothy to get the Word out! So after Paul gives Timothy a little
ďpicture if you willĒ scenario about the manner of people who will exist
near the end of time (in
Chapter 3 of this
letter), he further urges Timothy:
I charge you (I give you the obligation) therefore, before God, and the Lord
Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead at His appearing and
His kingdom; preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove,
rebuke, exhort (advise) with all patience and doctrine.
Time out for a little Daily Bread Crumb. What does it mean to be instant in
season and out of season? Well, to be instant is to be readily prepared and
the meaning of season for this intent and purpose is the time or moment when
some thing or circumstance is most useful, valuable or favorable. When you
put it all together, Paul is saying, Man, whether itís the perfect time or
not, BE PREPARED to spread the Gospel.
GOD'S LOVE LETTER TO YOU LESSON WITH GOD'S LOVE LETTER TO
You donít have to be at a Church or a Bible study to spread the Word. Jesus
didnít only teach in the Temple. Hereís a comparison. One time He was at a
watering well and spoke soul saving words to a Samaritan woman. Paul says be
ready, anytime, anywhere to share TRUTH. The most out of season times and
places are probably going to be when and where the people are that need to
be introduced to Jesus the most.
Paul writes: A time is coming when people wonít listen to sound doctrine,
but theyíll go find themselves teachers who preach only the things that they
want to hear (not the TRUTH), having itching ears (eager to hear things that
satisfy their own selfish desires), and theyíll turn their ears away from
the TRUTH to be pacified with lies.
Now, you be careful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an
evangelist (a preacher of the Gospel), making a complete success of your
ministry. For I am now ready to be offered (given to the Lord), and the time
of my departure (end) is near. I have fought a good fight, I have finished
my course (race), I have kept the Faith, so there is a crown of
righteousness waiting for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall
give me at that day (Judgment
Day), and not only to me, but to all them also that love His appearing.
Here Paul catches Timothy up on the whereabouts of some of their mutual
friends, as well as the disloyalty of some others. Try your best to visit me
soon, because Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and he
went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus went to Dalmatia.
Only Luke (Author of the Gospel of Luke) is with me. Bring Mark with you
when you visit, because he is useful to me for the ministry, and I have sent
Tychicus to Ephesus. The coat I left with Carpus in Troas, when you visit,
bring it with you, along with the books, but especially the papers.
Alexander, the coppersmith did me much evil. May the Lord reward him
according to his works, but you beware of him too, because he has greedily
fought against our words.
Nevertheless, the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, that through me,
the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear,
and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver
(rescue) me from every evil work, and will preserve me for His heavenly
kingdom, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Greet Prisca (short for Priscilla) and Aquila (from
Acts, Chapter 18),
and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus remained in Corinth but I left
Trophimus in Miletum sick. Try your best to visit before winter. Eubulus
greets you, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. The
Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Grace be with you.
GOD'S LOVE LETTER TO YOU INFORMATION WITH GOD'S LOVE
LETTER TO YOU MEANING
Donít you love to receive letters from people who are dear to you? Do you
have a shoebox in your closet that has cherished letters inside that you
remember almost every word of? You may have heard this before, but the Bible
is Godís love letter to us. Ask yourself this question. If I received a
letter or an e-mail from a loved one ... #1, Would I dare think of not
reading it? #2, If there was something in it that I didnít understand, could
I rest if I didnít search to find out what it meant? #3, Would there be
certain parts I would skip? And let me ask you this. If your loved one wrote
you every day for a year, would you look forward to checking your mailbox
each and every day and sitting down with your coffee or tea to enjoy and
hold on to every word? Sometimes the angle you use to look at something
from, can completely change the way you see it. What if God felt like you
put His love letter to you in a shoebox and never read it, or brought it out
only from time to time to glance at and then tucked it back up in the closet
until the next time (maybe another few years) you get a hankering to dig it
out again? Oh, it may be right there on the coffee table and get just as
little attention as if it were in the closet. Just something to ponder on.
When Paul wrote, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, he probably
didnít expect that the words in his letter would actually become
scripture one day, but they have. Through Paulís words to Timothy, the
is talking to us, giving us encouragement, reminding us of our
responsibilities, telling us to be good soldiers of Christ in our own fight
of Faith. He tells us to persevere, warns us of the adversary and that we
face many challenges ahead. Be strong, be meek. The war that a Christian
soldier fights is not with physical strength, but rather by adhering to HIS
Spirit that you defeat the enemy. The Holy Spirit can sure pack a lot into
Just as with any other letter you receive, youíll probably want to read it
through again sometime, and youíre sure to find things you missed when you
read it the first time. Hope you enjoyed our study of The Second Epistle of
Paul the Apostle to Timothy and congratulations on completing yet another
study in the New Testament!
P.S. Join us again next time for The Epistle of Paul to Titus, right here at
Daily Bread. God Bless!