II Timothy

II Timothy 4:19-22 Farewell Greetings.

Prisca (or Pricilla), and Aquila were trusted supporters who dwelt with Timothy in Ephesus, so Paul passes along his greetings to them and the household of Onesiphorus (v. 19). In his travels Erastus was left in Corinth and Trophimus in Miletus (v. 20 Cf. Acts 20:4; 21:29; Rom. 16:23). It would appear that Prisca and Aquila were church planters. “They had come to Corinth from Rome. Later they accompanied Paul to Ephesus (Acts 20:18-19) and hosted a house church there for several years before returning to Rome (Rom. 16:3-4; I Cor. 16:19)” (NGSB p.1924). There is also a host of others who sent their greetings to Timothy (v. 21).

Paul really wanted Timothy to visit him before winter. “Winter weather would prevent travel by ship. Paul may have felt that if Timothy waited too long, he would not arrive before Paul’s execution (v. 9). In any event, he needed his cloak before winter (v. 13)” (NGSB p.1924). Paul then ends his letter with a quite remarkable statement-he prays that the Lord Jesus Christ would be with Timothy’s spirit. Only God Himself could be with Timothy in this way, and it must have been a great encouragement to Timothy, not just in word, but more importantly in deed. As always, his son in the faith would also need grace (v. 22).

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