Paul encouraged Timothy to be faithful. God would soon move Paul off the scene and Timothy would take his place and continue to give spiritual leadership to the churches. It would not be an easy task, but Timothy would succeed with God’s direction and help. In chapter 4, we see Paul’s last words to Timothy and to the church. Paul looks at his life presently, his life past, and his life future. He knew the end was near. He doesn’t avoid the subject. He doesn’t say, I don’t want to talk about it. Shockingly, he is very plain about it. He doesn’t just know he is about to die, he knows how he is going to die. All of this is wrapped up in these final, few verses.