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2 Timothy 4:22

May 20, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   2 Timothy, 2 Timothy (written), Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:22

Though similar to other final benedictions by Paul, this one is unique. It is divided into two independent thoughts. It conveys much the same as elsewhere then, but the division is what makes it unique. Two examples to see the difference are:

Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Galatians 6:18
&
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Philemon 1:25

Here he blesses Timothy first with “The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” It is a beautiful hope and trust that Christ Jesus would personally remain united to him at all times, guiding him and comforting him through all situations. No matter what need arose, no matter what trial was to be faced, Paul desired that the Lord would be with him. It is reflective of the words of the Lord found in Hebrews 13:5 which state, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This is Paul’s first petition. It is immediately followed up with, “Grace be with you.”

Paul would normally say something like, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (1 Corinthians 16:23). However, he has already included Jesus’ name and position of authority in the previous words. And so he states this final sentence in a more simplified form. Grace is unmerited favor. Paul prays that Timothy, and indeed all who read this letter, understand that God is gracious and He indeed will bless His people with grace. He prays Timothy will always receive this, being blessed with blessing continually as he lives out his life in the presence of the Lord.

To close out this marvelous epistle, he then says, “Amen.” The word means, “truth,” or “so be it.” Paul has spoken, he has completed his thoughts, he has made his benediction, and now he asks that what he has conveyed may be as it was relayed. Timothy has been blessed, and we can trust that the blessing will come to pass according to the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. May it be so.

Life application: In our world of a million emails and posts a day, it is rather easy to close our thoughts without any salutation at all. However, from time to time, we should stop and add in a blessing such as Paul has here. It is a nice touch in conveying that the person, or people, we are addressing have meaning to us, and that we desire that they be blessed with the blessing of the Lord. Let us remember this, and endeavor to follow through with it from time to time.

Lord God, You are marvelous in all ways! Thank You for Your grace which You lavish upon us each day. We deserve nothing from You, and yet You have given us all things in Christ Jesus, even to overflowing abundance. We thank You for the sure and eternal promises which are found in Him, and we praise You ceaselessly for what lies ahead! Praises to You now and forevermore. Amen.

8 Comments

  • Amen! What a beautiful way to close out the letter, grace. How we all need to be reminded of His grace, perhaps me most of all. Thank you Charlie for this insightful walk through Timothy. Titus awaits 🙂

    The Lord bless you, dear pastor, brother and friend.

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Amen!

  • Amen! Thank you Charlie for this amazing study in Timothy ll it has been a blessing to me and I am sure everyone else that has taken the time to go through it with you here. I just pray the lessons learned here will always come to mind as I need them and not get lost in the cellars of my mind….Maybe I should say the caverns of my mind…..seems more appropriate and a lot Deeper lol.
    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friend(s)

  • I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you all are as interested in the Word as you are in Prophecy Updates. It breaks my heart that some people only watch prophecy updates. The word is eternal. Each of you is just precious. God bless you.

  • Charlie,
    Thanks for announcing/explaining your daily writings this week during Bible Study and the Prohecy Update (this resource is new to me). Looking forward to joining in for the “walk” through Titus. Superior Word and your teaching has been such a wonderful addition to attending our local church. Have a wonderful week in the Lord!

  • Thank You Charlie for a beautiful journey through Timothy! Now we march on toward Titus! Praise the Lord! May the Grace of Our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ Bless ye and Keep Ye!

  • Hi Charlie is it possible to have the daily readings emailed to us? Can your web admin see if that is possible.

  • Thank you, Charlie for taking us down the road of Timothy. I looked forward to each day. So looking forward to Titus. God bless you and care for you and your family.

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