Time was short. The end was near. At any moment the executioner could yank Paul away, his letter to Timothy unfinished. Paul had to write quickly, but carefully. It’s foolish for prisoners on death row to waste words. Paul didn’t. Every verse in 2 Timothy echoes this everlasting truth: “All that is not eternal is eternally out of date”—including the last six verses of chapter 1. In these verses, Paul reminded Timothy (and us) that only two things are really eternal and worthy of lifelong investment.