Thank you! – 63

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.

255 people follow this blog every day.  Many people have visited this site.  There have been over 81,000 hits on this blog since its inception.  I just want to thank all of you.  Word Press sent me a compilation that showed that about 52,200 people from 174 other countries have visited this web site since its inception.

I realize that over 14,500 people have left comments in 2021, but I have not responded to them.  Some of you might want to moderate my comments, which is fine with me.  If you want to contact me directly, my email is efinne1540@gmail.com.

I want to thank all of you who have sent emails to me this past month, especially:

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Thank you to everyone.

Peace – love – joy

Eugene Finnegan

Greetings (chapter 4)

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?

Final instructions (chapter 4)

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?

The mission of an evangelist (chapter 4)

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?

Follow Scripture (chapter 3)

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?

Following Paul (chapter 3)

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?

False teachers (chapter 3)

These false teachers hold or pretend to have the outward form of godliness, but they would deny its power.  They are in various households captivating women who always need further instruction.  Just like at the time of Moses, they oppose the truth with their corrupt minds and counterfeit faith.  However, they will not make much progress because their folly will become evident.  Do you know the folly of false teachers?