When persecution and trouble become temptations to become apathetic, a recommitment to the standard of God found in Scripture is in order.  Since Paul is soon to leave the world through death, this “valedictory” letter of 2 Timothy also serves as a commission to Timothy to remain faithful to teach and preach the truth of Scripture and the Gospel.  The theme could be best summed up by the statement in 3:14 — “continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of…”

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