In prison, chained like a criminal and awaiting his execution, Paul writes his final letter to his beloved spiritual son, Timothy. Knowing that his life may soon be over, Paul takes the opportunity to pass on gospel truth to the next generation. He exhorts Timothy to carry on his work of faithfully preaching the gospel. He also encourages Timothy to stick firmly to the truth about Jesus and to continue to tell others despite suffering that will inevitably come his way.
Although written to Timothy, we also need to pay close attention to Paul’s call to guard the gospel. Our culture is likewise hostile to the gospel and we, like Timothy, need courage and boldness to stand up for the truth.