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Dr. J. Vernon McGee :: Notes for 2 Timothy

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DATE: A.D. 67
The following is a probable calendar of the events of Paul’s life during his last years:

A.D. 58 Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem.
A.D. 61 His arrival in Rome.
A.D. 61-63 His first Roman imprisonment.
A.D. 64-67 His release. He writes 1 Timothy and Titus, probably from Macedonia.
A.D. 67-68 His arrest and death. He writes 2 Timothy prior to his death in Rome.


Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Preach the word; be diligent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:2)

Key words are “ashamed” (2Ti 1:8, 12) and “endure” (2Ti 2:3).

THEME: Loyalty in days of apostasy.

1. Loyalty in suffering (Chapter 1)
2. Loyalty in service (Chapter 2)
3. Loyalty in apostasy (Chapters 3:14:5)
4. Loyalty of the Lord to His servants in desertion (Chapter 4:6-22)

REMARKS: Webster’s definition of apostasy is: total desertion of principles of faith. Apostasy is not due to ignorance; it is a heresy. Apostasy is deliberate error; it is intentional departure from the faith. An apostate is one who knows the truth of the gospel (doctrines of the faith).
In 2 Timothy, Paul speaks of the ultimate outcome of gospel preaching. The final fruition will not be the total conversion of mankind, nor will it usher in the Millennium. On the contrary, there will come about an apostasy which will well-nigh blot out “the faith” from the earth. This is in complete harmony with the startling word of Christ, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). This is not in keeping, of course, with a social gospel which expects to transform the world by tinkering with the social system. These vain optimists have no patience with the doleful words of 2 Timothy. Nevertheless, the cold and hard facts of history and the events of the present hour demonstrate the accuracy of Paul. We are now in the midst of an apostasy which is cut to the pattern of Paul’s words in remarkable detail.
Although the visible church has entered the orbit of awful apostasy, the invisible church is on its way to the epiphany of glory.

SPECIAL FEATURE: “Swan Song” of the Apostle
The deathbed statement of any individual has an importance that is not attached to other remarks. This is what lends significance to 2 Timothy. It is the deathbed communication of Paul; it is his final message. It has a note of sadness that is not detected in his other epistles. Nevertheless, there is the overtone of triumph, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course….” Paul writes his own epitaph in 2Ti 4:6-8. The epistle is very personal — there are twenty-five references to individuals.

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