Timothy witnessed the love that drove Paul on his missionary journeys. Here is the source – God’s love of all, even the unredeemed, proved from scriptures. Also the purposes of ‘common grace’, and Paul’s chief love passages, with hindrances and helps to advancing in this highest grace.
Paul urges Timothy (and us) to follow his continuous exercise of faith. Here is the necessity of placing faith in God’s providence and overruling in our lives, faith in His power to help, and faith in His Word (prescriptions and promises). Here also are many priceless characteristics of faith.
Following the features of ‘perilous times’, the apostle provides a unique eight-point summary of his standards and aims as a servant of God, referring to his ‘manner of life’ or ongoing training in service. Here are the objectives for us all.