As Paul prepared for his imminent death, like a runner in a relay race, he endeavored to smoothly pass the baton to his teammate. Writing to his student Timothy, he encouraged him to stay steady in the Gospel and avoid any fumbles. Alistair Begg examines the beginning lines of 2 Timothy, which highlight the authority of Paul’s apostleship, the intimacy of his relationship with his protégé, and the availability of the spiritual resources granted to him—namely, grace, mercy, and peace.
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.
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