Paul gives a solemn charge to preach the gospel in a day of apostasy—Paul and all Saints are assured of exaltation.
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall ajudge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:
12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.
13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the abooks, but especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his aworks:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly awithstood our words.
17 Notwithstanding the aLord 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 apreserve 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 aLord 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.