“These scoffers will say,
‘Where is the promise
Of his coming?
Ever since our ancestors
All things continue
As they were
From the beginning
καὶ λέγοντες Ποῦ ἐστιν ἡ ἐπαγγελία τῆς παρουσίας αὐτοῦ; ἀφ’ ἧς γὰρ οἱ πατέρες ἐκοιμήθησαν, πάντα οὕτως διαμένει ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς κτίσεως.
This author said, “These scoffers will say (καὶ λέγοντες), ‘Where is (Ποῦ ἐστιν) the promise (ἡ ἐπαγγελία) of his coming (τῆς παρουσίας αὐτοῦ)? Ever since (ἀφ’ ἧς γὰρ) our ancestors (οἱ πατέρες) died (ἐκοιμήθησαν), all things continue (πάντα οὕτως διαμένει) as they were from the beginning of creation (ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς κτίσεως).’” These mocking scoffing false teachers will mock the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Parousia (παρουσίας). Instead, they will say that their ancestors have died, both those of long ago and more recently. Despite their death, life goes on. Everything continues the same as it has from the beginning of creation. They were mocking the concept of the second coming or the judgment day. Do you believe in the judgment day of the second coming of Jesus Christ?
In less than a month, I have finished reading and commenting on Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, and now 1 and 2 Timothy. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 14,695 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first 16 books of the New Testament. It has taken me a little over eight years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
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Finally, Paul sent greetings to Prisca, Aquila, Onesiphorus, Erastus, and Trophimus. Paul wanted Timothy to come to him in Rome before winter set in. Then a series of people with Paul sent greetings to Timothy. He ended this letter with grace and the phrase “The Lord be with you!” How do you greet people?
Paul complained that no one supported him in his defense. However, the Lord gave him strength. He stood by Paul as he was able to spread the message of Jesus Christ to the gentiles. Besides he was rescued from the lion’s mouth. Thus, the Lord would rescue him. He would prepare him for his heavenly kingdom. Is the Lord a good enough defender for you?
Paul then warned Timothy about Alexander the coppersmith who had harmed him. Paul told Timothy to be aware of him because he had opposed their Christian message. Has someone ever done damage to you?
Paul had some final instructions for Timothy. He wanted him to come to visit him soon in Rome. Paul maintained that his friends had deserted him to go to Thessalonica, Galatia, and Dalmatia. Only Luke had stayed with him. Paul wanted Timothy to get Mark to come with him. Tychicus would come to Ephesus to replace Timothy. Paul wanted a cloak, books, and parchments that he had left in Troas. Paul wanted Timothy to bring that stuff to him. Have you ever left things at a friend’s house?
Paul told Timothy that his time had come. He had fought the good fight. He had finished the race. He had kept the faith. The only thing left for him was the crown of righteousness on judgment day. Everyone who is longing for Jesus will receive this crown of glory. Are you ready for the crown of glory?
Paul solemnly urged Timothy in the presence of Jesus, the judge of the living and the dead. He was to proclaim the message. He was to be persistent. There was no good time or bad time to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, he should be patient in his teachings. A time would come when people would not accept sound teaching. Instead, they would have itchy ears, wanting teachers that met their own desires. They will wander away from the truth to go after myths. Timothy, on the other hand, should always be sober, carrying out his ministry. Are you a sober person?
Paul pointed out that Timothy had learned from childhood about the importance of sacred writings. They are very useful for instruction in the faith about Jesus Christ. All scripture is inspired by God. Therefore, it can be used for correction and training. Thus, there is great value in sacred scripture. Everyone should be proficient in the word of God, ready for every good work. How proficient are you in the word of God?
Paul told Timothy that he had seen Paul’s lifestyle. He had seen his teachings, his faith, his patience, his love and his steadfastness. However, he also seen his persecutions and sufferings, but the Lord always rescued Paul. In fact, all who follow Christ will be persecuted. The wicked people seem to be getting worse. Timothy, on the other hand, should continue on with what he has learned and believed. Do try to continue in a good holy lifestyle?