Today we begin the book of 2 Timothy, a letter written by Paul to his disciple and fellow pastor Timothy. 2 Timothy is very likely the last letter that Paul wrote before he was executed (beheaded by Caesar Nero). When you read 2 Timothy, you’ll notice clues that Paul himself knew that his days on earth were coming to a close. As such, this letter is very tender and heartfelt, like a last letter from a father to his son.
2 Timothy 1:1 (NIV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
On verse 1: Paul would often begin his letters by identifying himself as “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God”.