The two letters of Timothy are part of the Pastoral letters written by Paul because they give instruction concerning pastoral care for churches and the qualifications of those who serve. Paul probably composed this letter around 63-66 A.D., just prior to his final imprisonment in Rome. Paul chose young men such as Timothy to carry on the work and this letter was sort of like a manual for Godly leaders.
Vs. 3, “As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer.” Most scholars believed Timothy was at a point of giving up his ministry in Ephesus. But Paul would urge him to stay and continue to fight the good fight (Vs. 18). Paul had warned the Ephesian church that false teachers would come to distort the truth (Acts 20:28-30)…and that warning unfortunately came true. It is the spiritual teachers & pastors that must educate and point their flock to the right direction. Paul also reminded Timothy that it is Jesus who has given us the ability to stand up and live for God (vs. 12-17). The ball was now in Timothy’s court…he had to make the decision whether to fight the good fight or go running away.
Regarding application…Don’t Give Up. Vs. 18, 19, “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” Question: Have you ever felt like giving up? The former president of Wheaton College once said, “It is always too soon to quit.” – Dr. V. Raymond Edman. It is easier to want to quit, but God has entrusted us with different tasks in the journey of our lives. Question: Why did Timothy want to give up? Because the enemy was discouraging him. The enemy can come in all different forms: Wolves disguised in sheep’s clothing, even in the form of a believer who is being negative, or people who come to church with no desire to know God. Brothers & sisters…please be careful not to get discouraged. God will not give us more than we can handle!