Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
This describes the end of Paul’s life and establishes it as the context for the admonition to “preach the Word”:
II Timothy 4:6-8
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Squire Parsons set this passage to music in his song “Crown of Bright Glory”:
II Timothy 4:13
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
It would be easy to look at this verse and say, “There’s no way to write a song from this one! Right?” Well…
Apostolic Charge (II Timothy 4:1-8) (1993)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon
Preach the Word (II Timothy 4:2)
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