The Background Of 2nd Timothy


In 64 A.D., Nero, a violent persecutor of Christians was emperor, and the Apostle Paul was now an old man, imprisoned in Rome and facing imminent death for his preaching of the Gospel.  Well aware of his impending death, and largely abandoned and isolated, Paul reached out his long time companion and beloved spiritual son, Timothy, in one final letter. Paul had taken a young Timothy under his care, trained him in Christ, evangelized with him, and sent Timothy on various missionary journeys by himself, as Timothy matured into a Christian leader. 2 Timothy is Paul’s final word, the last epistle he wrote. It is compiled of reflections of his loneliness,  isolation, sadness, suffering, concern, and the glory of God, as he prepared to leave the delicate Christian Church in the hands of his apprentice.

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