Author: The apostle Paul (1:1).
Date: Probably the mid-60s AD.
In Ten Words or Less: The apostle Paul’s final words to a beloved coworker.
Details: Second Timothy may be the last known letter of Paul. Addressed to “Timothy, my dearly beloved son” (1:2), the book warns the young pastor against false teaching and urges him to live a life of purity before his congregation. Timothy should expect trouble (“All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” 3:12), but God will be faithful (“The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom,” 4:18). Paul begs Timothy to join him as quickly as possible, as “the time of my departure is at hand” (4:6).
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.