Several things stand out to me this morning as I read in 2 Timothy. First of all, 1 Timothy was written during Paul's first imprisonment in Rome. He was on house arrest and was able to continue his ministry. But 2 Timothy was 5-6 years later and Nero was persecuting Christians. There is no evidence that Paul ever makes it out of prison but most likely suffers the martyrdom he anticipated. He forsees his death and sends for Timothy to pass on the ministry. Paul wants to encourage him because he longs for him to continue the work.
I love so many of these verses:
"Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you." - 1:13-14
"For which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the Word of God is not imprisoned. For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory." -2:9-10
"Be diligent to present yourself approved unto God, a workman that doesn't need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth." 2:15
"I have fought the good fight and I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing." - 4:7-8
Oh dear one. Can't you just imagine sitting with Paul? His sense of urgency is crazy amazing. I want that sense of urgency to share my faith with others and to show love and patience with them so they see Christ's love. I believe if we stay faithful in studying His Word and pray for Him to work in our lives that He will give us that deep understanding. In chapter 3 it says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; That the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."