“Famous last words.” That expression brings to mind a sense of impending doom. Famous last words are what a person utters before making a very big mistake. Have you ever been in that situation where someone said, "The line is barely on 'E'...I think we have enough gas to get there'. On a more serious note, Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 'I've Been to the Mountop' seems to point to the ominous events that will unfold the following day in Memphis.
Our text from 2 Timothy 1: 1-14 comes from the rapidly aging Apostle Paul and it seems that he has a vital message to get through to Timothy. Paul, in fact, wasn’t all that old, but the sum of his age plus the political situation in Rome was discouraging. Paul knew that his days were numbered.
With care and attention, Paul displays a deep hope for the future, based on a rich early Christian theological reflection from the past and his present time. Armed with a brilliance for teaching and empowering, Paul lays out steps for Timothy for continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The good news for us is that it's just as good as a conversation today as 2000 years ago and offers encouragement and direction in uncertain times.
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2 Timothy 1:1-14