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II Timothy: Tested And Triumphant (18 Of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
September 22, 1991
AUTHORSHIP: The Apostle Paul
RECIPIENT: Timothy, pastor of the church at Ephesus
BACKGROUND: When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, the emperor Nero, had launched a severe persecution against believers. it was a dangerous thing to confess Christ. Many believers, for that reason, had forsaken Paul. Paul found himself in a damp, cold dungeon under the sentence of death. While his imprisonment in previous times was not as severe, his final imprisonment could have been the Roman prison known as "the sepulcher" because many in it were eaten alive by rats.
THEME: 2 Timothy speaks of testings, both those experienced in the present and those to be experienced in the future. Paul elaborates on the coming apostasy and seeks to fortify the Lord's servants for times of fierce testing to come. He urges a thorough grasp of the Scriptures (3:15-17) and a faithful discharge of duties despite the inevitable turning away from the truth. He speaks of himself, giving a picture of a lonely man abandoned by his friends, cold, longing for warmer clothing, wishing he had his books, and wanting some human hand to reach him in friendship and fellowship in the hour of his trial. Yet, he is triumphant by looking forward to his crown. Nowhere else in the Bible do we find so many instructions for the pastoral care of the churches. The matters taken up in these letters of Timothy and Titus are not regarded from the point of view of the congregation, as is so often ...
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