Paul, in his final words packed with emotion, charges Timothy by Christ, to preach the Word. He wants Timothy to be always ready to "correct, rebuke and encourage" with great patience and careful instruction.
Paul warns that a time will come when people will surround themselves with teachers who say only what people want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.Timothy is told to maintain his composure in all situations, endure afflictions, be an evangelist, and fulfill his ministry.
Paul says he is already being poured out as a drink offering. He has fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. A crown of righteousness will be laid upon him, along with those who have longed for Lord's appearance, by Lord Himself, on that Day.
Only Luke is with Paul now; there are some bitter references to those who have left Paul or done him harm. Paul asks Timothy to get couple of this items - his cloak for warmth in the prison cell and his parchment scrolls or "Bible" when he gets back.
Paul wrote about his first defense - nobody stood with him, everyone deserted him. However, Lord was faithful to him, and delivered him from the mouth of the lion.
2 Timothy 4:18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.