THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO
Paul had written his first letter to Timothy, he continued his
in Macedonia and the Orient, although it is probable, from certain
traditions, that he also visited Spain. But for some unknown reason his
was suddenly interrupted by his arrest and subsequent transportation to
The situation of the apostle during this last imprisonment was wholly
from that of his previous stay in Rome. He was in bonds, chap. 1, 8.
16; he no
longer had the expectation, as before, of being released. It is true
had, for the moment, escaped from a great danger, chap. 4, 17; yet he
strongly convinced that the time of his departure is at hand, chap. 4,
last letter, therefore, bears a unique character, so that it has been,
without reason, called the testament of the dying apostle to his
and to the entire community. The epistle was written not long after his
imprisonment and in view of his certainly approaching death, either in
66 or 67,
the latter year being mentioned by tradition.
familiar tone which is evident in the first letter is brought out here
greater force. The epistle is a confidential talk of the apostle with
the man to
whom he had given the love of a father from the time of his conversion.
the address and greeting there is an admonition to continue in the bold
confession of the Gospel through the power of God. The apostle then
length of the proper administration of the ministerial office with
various difficult conditions, always emphasizing faithfulness as an
virtue of a pastor. In conclusion he gives some information as to
personal acquaintances and a short report of his first hearing in
closes with greetings and his apostolic blessing, the significance of
in force to this day.