Over two months later and I am now coming to the end of my study on 2 Timothy 4. I hope you have enjoyed studying along with me (that is, if you have been, like you were encouraged to do).
We are now at the last four verses:
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick. Do your utmost to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. - 2 Timothy 4:19-22
Greetings are given by Paul to various Christian friends and acquaintances. Most of them are mentioned only a couple of times in the Bible, so we don't know much about them. The focus of this final post is going to be on the last verse, 2 Timothy 4:22:
The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
But first let's review what we have studied in 2 Timothy 4:
In the first post, I Charge You, we talked about the last charge Paul gave Timothy: Preach the word. We learned that in and out of season means when you see opportunities for sharing your faith and when you don't. We looked into the effective method Paul also gave Timothy in accomplishing this charge.
In the next post, Your Ministry, we noted the decline in solid Biblical teaching from the pulpit and Paul exhorts us to stick with the Bible. We looked at how we respond when we are hit with a truth we don't like. And we also studied how each one of us is uniquely placed where we are to fulfill the ministry that God has given each one of us.
In the third post, As A Drink Offering, we read an article on drink offerings and how there is more to a drink offering than we think.
After that in Fighting The Fight we looked into the good fight we as Christians are called to wage throughout Scripture, how we can set about to do it, and the battle cry.
In Running The Race we read about how each one of us has a race marked out before us, and the key that Paul used to finish the race well.
In studying Keeping The Faith we studied the essentialness of guarding our faith and not compromising.
When we studied Loving His Appearing we saw the task we are to do while we await our Lord's return.
After that in Who Are We Like? we looked at the background of the various people Paul mentions in his final writings and how each of them served Christ in their lives.
Finally, in Our Faithful Lord we looked at the conflict between Paul and Alexander, and how God is always with us, even when everyone else deserts us.
I don't know about you, but I sure gained a lot from my study of 2 Timothy 4. Throughout Paul's final words we see a dying man giving his last message to the rest of us. We see him refresh in our memory the final charges laid upon us by Jesus, reminders of God's faithfulness and more. If you have not been following along these past several weeks, I highly encourage you to read them, and do some studying of your own.
Notice how Paul ends the book with an "Amen." Do you not think these powerful words written by a man inspired by God deserve a hearty Amen?
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