John Wesley's notes
on the Epistle: 2 Timothy 4:5-13
5. Watch - An earnest, constant, persevering exercise. The scripture
watching, or waiting,
implies steadfast faith, patient hope, labouring love, unceasing prayer;
yea, the mighty exertion of
all the affections of the soul that a man is capable of. In all things -
Whatever you are doing, yet in
that, and in all things, watch. Do the work of an evangelist - Which was
next to that of an apostle.
6. The time of my departure is at hand - So undoubtedly God had shown him. I
am ready to be
offered up - Literally, to be poured out, as the wine and oil were on the
8. The crown of that righteousness - Which God has imputed to me and wrought
in me. Will
render to all - This increases the joy of Paul, and encourages Timotheus.
Many of these St. Paul
himself had gained. That have loved his appearing - Which only a real
Christian can do. I say a
real Christian, to comply with the mode of the times: else they would not
understand, although the
word Christian necessarily implies whatsoever is holy, as God is holy.
Strictly speaking, to join
real or sincere to a word of so complete an import, is grievously to debase
its noble signification,
and is like adding long to eternity or wide to immensity.
9. Come to me - Both that he might comfort him, and be strengthened by him.
is said to have suffered at Ephesus.
10. Demas - Once my fellow labourer, Phil. i, 24. Hath forsaken me. Crescens,
preacher also, is gone, with my consent, to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia,
having now left Crete. These either went with him to Rome, or visited him
11. Only Luke - Of my fellow labourers, is with me - But God is with me; and
it is enough. Take
Mark - Who, though he once "departed from the work," is now again profitable
13. The cloak - Either the toga, which belonged to him as a Roman citizen,
or an upper garment,
which might be needful as winter came on. Which I left at Troas with Carpus
- Who was probably his host there. Especially the parchments - The books
written on parchment.