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Authorship and Origin:This letter, like I Timothy is a 'Pastor to Pastor' letter. These letters were from Paul to church leaders addressing problems such as how to deal with heresies, conduct befitting church leaders, and doctrinal issues. Written probably around 63 A.D. to 67 A.D., Paul was probably in prison or just recently released from a Roman prison and has heard of continued problems that he must address.
Overview and Significant sectionsPaul writes to Timothy, his beloved spiritual child about being God's workmen and preparing for the last days. Apparently one of the problems was that some Christians were thinking so much about the second coming and it being near, that they were neglecting care of the church. Paul discusses church organization and efficiency.
- Introduction: 1:1-7
- Testifying to the Lord 1:8-2:7
- Approved Workmen 2:8-26
- Instructions for the Last Days 3:1-4:18
- Final Greetings and Benediction: 4:19-22
For more detailed study:
Read Chapter 1. (the entire book is available here.)
The Concise Matthew Henry Commentary on this book.
bible.org study of this book.
the World Wide Study Bible has Dictionary, Commentary, Scripture and sermons available on this book.