Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul is near execution, and offers a personal challenge to Timothy to keeping following Jesus no matter the sacrifice and risk.
Watch our Read Scripture video on 2 Timothy, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 2 Timothy, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 2 Timothy
Paul's final and most personal letter, 2 Timothy encourages church planter Timothy to accept his calling and deal with corrupt teachers.
The letter also reminds Timothy to maintain faith and hope in Jesus' resurrection and to raise faithful leaders who will teach the good news about Jesus. They must focus on the Scriptures' unified story line that leads to salvation in Jesus and helps believers achieve their purpose of spreading the good news.
While following Jesus, believers will experience challenges, suffering, risk, tension, discomforts and struggles. In those dark and difficult moments, Jesus' presence, love and faithfulness can become tangible and real, which imprisoned and abandoned Paul and generations of Christians after him, know firsthand.
Accept The Call
Paul encourages Timothy to accept his calling. It involves committing to something bigger than himself, willingly sacrificing and enduring challenges to accomplish a greater good.
2 Timothy mentions corrupt teachers who abandoned the hope of Jesus' resurrection and new creation for a hyper-spiritualized Christianity that is disconnected from daily life.
Raise Faithful Leaders
Paul calls Timothy to raise faithful leaders who will teach the good news about Jesus and focus on the Scriptures' core story line and message.
Nature of Scripture
Divinely inspired and breathed, Scripture is useful for teaching, challenging, correcting and training so that God's people would be saved and prepared to do good.
Paul Experiences Jesus
Imprisoned and abandoned by almost everyone, Paul experiences the personal presence of Jesus who stands with him and will deliver him even if he dies.