The last two chapters cover instruction on the difficult times ahead, as people become ‘lovers of self’, persecution comes, and people will not accept ‘sound doctrine’ (Ch.4:3).
Paul finishes by warning Timothy against Alexander the coppersmith, who opposed him severely, and asks Timothy to try to visit him before winter sets in.
Timothy Books 1-2
In Book 1, Paul begins by warning Timothy regarding false teachers; instructs the young pastor on the running of a church, and how to deal with issues such as appointing Deacons or Elders from within the congregation.
In Chapter 4 Paul warns Timothy to watch out for Apostasy in the later times; and also instructs him on discipline, and how he should treat the widows within the church in chapter 5. He concludes the letter with more instruction on leadership, and warning him that the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil, so to be rich in good works thereby building up a ‘treasure of good foundation.’
This letter to Timothy forms an excellent instruction manual on setting up a new church, as it covers church leadership, discipline and administration; and all in only 6 chapters! Even for those not involved in leadership issues though, there is excellent instruction here on avoiding false teachers and how to contend for the faith in everyday life.
2 Timothy was written near the end of Paul’s life, as he lay imprisoned for a second time in Rome. He begins this letter by encouraging his ‘beloved son’ Timothy to keep strong in the Faith, and not to succumb to a ‘spirit of timidity’.
Chapter 2 relates the sufferings that Paul himself has endured for the Gospel’s sake, as he encourages Timothy not to be ashamed (v15), but to accurately preach the Word, avoiding needless quarrel and false teachers.