o pang shall be mine, for in death as in lifeThou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.It is well, with my soul,It is well, with my soul,It is well, it is well, with my soul.4. Spurgeon, “The second epistle to Timothy is remarkable as being probably the last which theapostle wrote; it contains dying advice, written in the immediate prospect of martyrdom. Lookingforward calmly to the grave, and with the executioner's axe in the foreground, Paul pens thisletter to his favourite disciple, and solemnly charges him to abide faithful unto death. (TheInterpreter)5. Allen Radmacher, “In light of mortality, what used to seem significant may dim in comparisonto one’s ultimate fate. That is why we listen to a person’s “last words.” When all is said and done,everyone wants to know what gave that person hope in the face of death. Second Timothy isPaul’s “last words.” From a cold, lonely Roman prison, the aged apostle Paul wrote his finalinstructions to his protégé Timothy. Paul knew that this letter might well be his final contact withTimothy; his execution was most likely imminent. He implored Timothy to come quickly to hisside. But in case he did not make it, Paul imparted his last words of encouragement to his “son”in the faith.6. Bob Deffinbaugh, “When Paul wrote 1Timothy, he had been freed from his first Romanimprisonment and was carrying on his ministry (in Macedonia? – see1 Timothy 1:3); as Paulwrites 2 Timothy, he is once again in prison, and this time he is not nearly as optimistic about theoutcome (2 Timothy 1:16; 2:9). Some have even suggested that Timothy may not have arrivedbefore Paul was executed. Paul’s last words to Timothy sound very much like a farewell address(2 Timothy 4:6-8). One definitely gets the feeling that Paul is passing the torch of leadership toTimothy, and to those who will succeed him. In 1 Timothy, Paul instructs Timothy how he shouldconduct his ministry in Ephesus; in 2 Timothy, Paul instructs Timothy how he should conducthimself and his ministry in the last days, in Paul’s absence.”7. William Barclay, “Paul's object in writing is to inspire and strengthen Timothy for his task inEphesus. Timothy was young and he had a hard task in battling against the heresies and theinfections that were bound to threaten the Church. So, then, in order to keep his courage highand his effort strenuous, Paul reminds Timothy of certain things.(i) He reminds him of his own confidence in him. There is no greater inspiration than to feel thatsomeone believes in us. An appeal to honour is always more effective than a threat of punishment.The fear of letting down those who love us is a cleansing thing.(ii) He reminds him of his family tradition. Timothy was walking in a fine heritage, and if hefailed, not only would he smirch his own name, but he would lessen the honour of his familyname as well. A fine parentage is one of the greatest gifts a man can have. Let him thank God forit and never bring dishonour to it.(iii) He reminds him of his setting apart to office and of the gift which was conferred upon him.