Chaos abounded across the Roman empire. Persecution was on the rise and would soon peak in the destruction of Jerusalem. Jew and Christian alike had targets on their backs. Apostasy was becoming an easy way out. As Paul pens his final letter you get a sense of the urgency, the passion, and the conviction. Though he would soon be gone, he was passing the torch on to Timothy, and to other leaders in God's church. His utmost desire? That Timothy and the Church would stand firm on the Gospel.