2Timothy 4: 9 – 22

November 12, 2022

9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. (The second epistle unto Timotheus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second time.)

It makes me laugh – what fun reading someone else’s mail! We get an image, over the years, of how lofty the Saints are and so close to Jesus and we are (correctly!) humbled by them. It’s good to remember they are/were just like us. Hey! I left my coat – bring it with you, ok? That guy at the market – he overcharged me and wouldn’t listen to me and I’m quite upset with him …

They – as we – are fallen, broken people that God used to talk to us all these centuries later. God used them and He can use us. He is using us where we are, in the ways best suited to us, and to the extent at which we can be most effective. We may not be as powerful as the Saints, but we saints keep marching and working for the kingdom. Amen. And again I say Amen.


6 thoughts on “2Timothy 4: 9 – 22”

  1. They could not have chosen a better speaker than Scourby. He manages to dramatize without actually dramatizing, if you know what I mean.


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