The Charge to Preach (Verses 1-5):
Paul gives a solemn charge to Timothy: Preach the Word at all times, whether convenient or not. He warns of a time when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, seeking teachers that align with their desires. Timothy is told to remain steadfast and level-headed in his ministry.
Paul’s Farewell (Verses 6-8):
Paul switches the focus to himself, acknowledging his impending death. He states he has fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. A crown of righteousness awaits him, adding a sense of urgency to Timothy's charge.
Paul’s Personal Requests and Final Greetings (Verses 9-22):
The chapter closes on a more personal note, as Paul calls for companionship and items to be brought to him. Despite experiencing desertion and opposition, he expresses confidence that the Lord will rescue him and bring him safely to His heavenly kingdom.
The message is poignant and purposeful: the urgency of preaching the Gospel should not wane even when the end draws near. Both Paul and Timothy stand as models of how to live out this calling. In the face of life's challenges and uncertainties, the key is to keep the faith and continue doing the Lord’s work.

2 Timothy 4

1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

9  Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

11  Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

12  And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

13  The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

14  Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

15  Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

16  At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

17  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by 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.

18  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

19  Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

20  Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

21  Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

22  The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. (The second epistle unto Timotheus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second time.)

End of 2 Timothy 4

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