Paul’s Last Will and Testament

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The book of 2 Timothy was Paul’s last and final letter. It was most likely written shortly before he was martyred in Rome. There is evidence from within the letter itself that Paul knew the end was near even as he wrote to his young friend, Timothy. For example, in chapter 4 he said, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.” His parting words to Timothy are tender, personal and they focus on the hope of the Gospel with laser-like focus. There is a sense as you read this letter that Paul is consciously passing the baton to the next generation of leadership. His Spirit-led counsel to Timothy echoes down even to this present generation of Christ-followers and his words have continued to challenge and encourage successive generations of the faith.