Knowing that the end of his life and ministry were near, the apostle Paul wrote the last of his Pastoral Epistles to Timothy. In it, Paul reminded the younger pastor of the necessity of passing the Gospel of Jesus Christ on to future generations of believers, even amid growing hostility toward it. His words remind us that faithful ministry and biblical preaching are indispensable in every age.
In volume four of this series, Alistair Begg considers Paul’s reflections in the face of his impending death. Paul looked back on a ministry in which Christ had sustained him, and he looked forward to eternity in His presence. At the end of his life, the fellowship of believers and the ongoing ministry of the saints was a comfort to Paul, even as some former companions fell away. The apostle who had been “poured out” in God’s service rejoiced that the same God would carry His Word forward even after his departure.