An Urgent Letter from Prison
Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Timothy 1:1-7.
Paul’s imprisonment adds a sense of urgency to his second letter to Timothy. Because the Apostle senses that his death is near, he writes to Timothy once more, not only to ask him to come visit him in prison, but especially to urge him to faithfulness in sound doctrine. The affection that Paul and Timothy share for each other in the faith is evident as Paul greets the young pastor and gives thanks for him. The Christian faith they both confess is the continuation of the faith taught in the Old Testament, which was given faithfully to Timothy by his mother and grandmother. For this reason, Paul urges Timothy to fan into flame God’s gift, for His gift alone enables Timothy to go about the task he has been given.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.