“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
In this, his valedictory address, the Apostle Paul pours out his innermost feelings to his young friend and fellow preacher of the gospel, Timothy, as he asks him to come to him quickly.
Paul is imprisoned in Rome as he expresses the kind of satisfaction any faithful Christian hopes to feel as he approaches the end of his life. Because he has done the best he knew to do and because he has been faithful in his adherence to divine instructions, he feels he is ready to meet the Lord in judgment.
The most inspiring part of this message occurs when Paul broadens it to include all others who have appreciated the fact that Jesus came to the earth to make a righteous judgment possible. Even today, all who have lived righteously according to instructions given in the Word can have the same assurance within their hearts. We have the assured hope of going to heaven.