2 Timothy 1:1-2
“On word Christian Soldier”
In Paul’s 2nd letter to his protégé Timothy around the year 66-67 AD after the apostle had been rearrested and imprisoned in Rome; confined to a little 20 foot in diameter prison cell awaiting his death by the hands of Caesar Nero (who himself would die in 68 AD). Paul writes what would be his last will and testament to Timothy who is still across the Aegean and Adriatic Seas in Ephesus. As Paul was facing his final hour he wanted Timothy to know how to remain strong in the midst of a society that was collapsing. His emphasis is upon staying the course, not altering or diverting from the course but rather staying on it despite the present outcome. Through out this 2nd letter Paul will write to Timothy about four ways in which we all can be “Living differently in an age of deformity”. Those four phrases form the division in this letter as each become a subject that Paul explains to his son in the faith.
- The first phrase is found in chapter 1 verses 13-14 where Timothy is told to “Hold fast the pattern of sound words”. Simply put Timothy is being told that the time in which they are living is a time for the believer to “BE BOLD” in the teaching of the word of God.
- The next phrase appears in the letter in the 2nd chapter verse 1 where Paul tells Timothy to be “strong in the grace that is in Jesus”. In other word’s the times they were living in was a time when the believer needed to BE STRONG, fit in the grace that is only in Jesus.
- The third phrase that Paul gives Timothy is found in chapter 3 verse 1 where he writes “know this”, as Paul tells Timothy that the time requires the believer to BE WISE.
- Finally, Paul gives his final phrase in chapter 4 verse 2 where he says, “Preach the word!” “Be ready in season and out of season”, this final phrase is one in which Paul says to BE READY.
I suppose it depends upon your world outlook whether you consider this to be an “age of deformity” or not but ill regardless of that, I believe that these four phrases (BE BOLD, BE STRONG, BE WISE and BE READY) to be the marching orders of the church at any age. So as the old Hymn goes, “On word Christian Soldier, on word!”