2 Timothy 4:1-22

  There’s a sense of urgency throughout this letter from both the sender and the recipient. Paul was in Rome – this time, being chained like a criminal, expected to be tried and executed; he asked Timothy to come to meet him at Rome quickly. Timothy was in Ephesus area, his ministry had not gone well as expected – discouraged and intimidated by the people who departed the truth and opposed him.

  Charter 4 is Paul’s final testimony and charge to Timothy – the time for Paul’s departure was near, but for Timothy, and many followers of Christ, the persecution continued and the tribulation was still yet to come. What should Timothy do? Preach the word, be prepared, and teach with patience.  In the whole chapter, Paul’s focus, as it has always been, was the gospel, the ministry, the proclamation that Jesus Christ is the Lord and the Savior.

  (1 Peter 1:7) These have to come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

  People came before us have been proven for their faith. What about us? What does this gospel mean to us? When our faith is tested, could it be proven genuine?

  Lord, help us to remain in you and recognize Emmanuel in all circumstances! May people behind us also find us faithful. In the precious name of Jesus we pray, Amen.    — Ivy Lin

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