2 Timothy 4:7

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

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2 Timothy 4:7 Meaning and Commentary

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought a good fight
The fight of faith; the same as in ( 1 Timothy 6:10 ) (See Gill on 1 Timothy 6:10):

I have finished my course,
or race; the race of life set before him, his course of years; his days were extinct, the grave was ready for him, and he for that; his last sands were dropping, and he was just going the way of all flesh; or else he means the course of his ministry, which he desired to finish with joy, and was now finishing; ( Acts 13:25 ) ( 20:24 ) he was now got to the end of his line, to Rome, where he was to be a martyr for Christ, ( Acts 23:11 ) so that he now concluded his work was done, and his warfare accomplished:

I have kept the faith;
by which he means, not so much the grace of faith, that was kept by Christ, the object, author, and finisher of it, and through his effectual grace and powerful intercession; but rather the profession of faith, which he had held fast without wavering; and chiefly the doctrine of faith, which was committed to his trust, which he had kept pure and incorrupt against all opposition; unless his faithfulness and integrity in the ministerial work should be thought rather to be intended; and which sense is favoured by the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, which render it, "I have kept my faith"; or have been faithful to my trust, as a good steward of the mysteries of God; not concealing and keeping back any thing that was profitable, but declaring the whole counsel of God; and now what remained for him was the crown of righteousness; and this he says for the comfort and encouragement and imitation of Timothy and others. The phrase seems to be Jewish; it is said F25 by the Jews, that he that does not keep the feast of unleavened bread, is as he who does not (atwnmyhm ryjn) , "keep the faith of the holy blessed God".


F25 Zohar in Exod. fol. 51. 2.

2 Timothy 4:7 In-Context

5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near.
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.
8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
9 Timothy, please come as soon as you can.