2 Timothy 4:9

Monday, 7 May 2018

Be diligent to come to me quickly; 2 Timothy 4:9

The word translated as “Be diligent,” is used in verse 2:15 while encouraging Timothy to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God.” It gives the sense of hastening, and that is the sense borne out here. Paul wants Timothy to “hasten to come to me quickly.” There is an urgency in the words, and it is an urgency repeated in verse 4:21. One main reason for this urgency is found in verse 13, which will be explained then. But there are secondary reasons which will be noted as well. For now, this is a short request which seems completely out of place with the words of a man who has just said that “my departure is at hand.”

However, it also shows us the authenticity of the epistle. Nobody claiming to be Paul, and who has stated he was about to die, would then implore the person he is writing to leave behind his church and come for a visit. But Paul would. When Paul says, “my departure is at hand,” it is indicating that he feels his imprisonment will end in his execution. However, he was – as a Roman citizen – entitled to a trial, appeals, etc. This could be a long, drawn-out thing. Though his departure was at hand based on his circumstances in prison, that same place of incarceration may be his home for a while. And so, with the desire to see Timothy, and to assist him with several important things in his visit to Rome, Paul encourages his young protege to hasten to his side.

Life application: The only contradictions to be found in Scripture are those that come from a lack of study, or a presupposition that the Bible is not the word of God. When we take all things concerning Scripture in context, and without presupposition, and then study them carefully, we will always find that those things which seem contradictory are actually not at all so.

Wow Lord! It is always exciting to wake up and read Your word. It starts the day off beautifully. It is then marvelous to read the word during the day. It may lift us up from a low spot, or it may direct our feet on a path we have been considering. Yes! It is great to read Your word during the day. And of course, the evening time is a fantastic time to read Your word. As the day is ending, we find comfort and rest in it as we commit our sleep to You, pondering the treasure we have read. And, of course, at night when we wake and need to settle our thoughts… that is a magnificent time to read Your word. It does settle our racing thoughts, and it also brings sweet sleep to us once again. Wow Lord! It is always exciting to read Your word. Amen.

4 thoughts on “2 Timothy 4:9

  • Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 8:35 am

    What a blessed comfort is the word of God! It is continually relevant, always appropriate for every single situation we face in life. Indeed, there is no contradiction, only we must be drawn into deeper study to understand what is written. I pray for a love for His word and for understanding as I read, my eyes opened by the Holy Spirit to get to the heart of what God is speaking to me through it. Truly, truly it is the handbook for authentic Christian living. Wonderful reminder, dear brother! The Lord bless you today!

  • Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Amen the bible is a living book the reveils itself to those truly searching for the truth and guidance of Gods word in their lives in due time! We may read / listen to a line or verse 10, 20 50 or a 100+ times with the deer in the headlights look but when the meaning finally breaks through the gray matter the flood gates of understanding are opened! It’s such an amazing moment when that happens that the hunger for the word and its meaning grows inside of us like a helium balloon lifting us to new heights of under standing of Gods word! We need to be diligent and read it everyday to hasten the igniting of that spark of understanding so we can grow In the lords word for us!
    Welcome back Charlie
    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God bless my friend

  • Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! So glad to have a bible to read much less the many bibles I have ! I pray that bibles would be in every part of and among all people in the world! And of course internet so they can watch superior word and visit here, among other bible tools online of course.

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Got to love the word. And I am so thankful for “advanced posting.” I was able to post all of these from Sunday a week ago until this study. They just came up in the morning if I was here. Sergio posted the ones to Facebook. The word can go out even while in a dark forest somewhere. Praise the Lord.


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