Paul's Second Letter to Timothy consists largely of personal advice to Timothy, as a younger colleague and assistant. The main theme is endurance. Timothy is advised and encouraged to keep on witnessing faithfully to Jesus Christ, to hold to the true teaching of the Good News and the Old Testament, and to do his duty as teacher and evangelist, all in the face of suffering and opposition.
Timothy is especially warned about the dangers of becoming involved in “foolish and ignorant arguments” that do no good, but only ruin the people who listen to them.
In all this, Timothy is reminded of the example of the writer's own life and purpose—his faith, patience, love, endurance, and suffering in persecution.
Outline of Contents
Praise and exhortation (1.3—2.13)
Counsel and warning (2.14—4.5)
Paul's own situation (4.6-18)
Second Timothy, like 1 Timothy and Titus, has been called a “Pastoral Letter,” because it gives advice about what local church leaders should do to look after the spiritual needs of the people in their care.