April 21, 2024

Paul’s Final Charge to Timothy | 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Passage: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
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This section is near the end of the last words Paul ever wrote. He’s passing the baton
to the next generation, something applicable to all generations.

1. The Key Is the Regular Proclamation of God’s Word.
2 Tim. 4:1-2 - In one sense we all preach the word all the time (see Acts 8:4). But this is
referring to the regular and authoritative proclamation of God’s Word on the Lord’s
Day by those God has appointed.
See Ex. 24:3-7; Deut. 31:9-13; Neh. 8.
This pattern is continued into the NT – e.g. 1 Tim. 4:11-13.

2. Beware of Being Turned Aside to Myths
2 Tim. 4:3-4 - This might be the greatest temptation in our time.
One of the key instructions in scripture for elders is to protect the flock from false
teaching. See Acts 20:29-31; Titus 1:7-9.

3. Elders are to Be Sober Minded in Everything
2 Tim. 4:5 Paul gives four final exhortations to Timothy.
(1) Exercise self-control - ‘Keep your head’ (NIV); ‘Sober-minded’ (ESV). c/f Jam. 3:1-2.
(2) Endure hardship.
(3) Do the work of an evangelist. c/f Eph 4:11; Acts 21:8; Philip the Evangelist (Acts 8)
(4) Fulfill your ministry. See Ex. 32:1-2.