Paul’s Desire for Timothy to Bring Him Books to Read!

Paul Was Inspired, Yet He Wanted Timothy to Bring Him Books to Read! | TGC.

StPaul - RembrandtJustin Taylor posted this yesterday on the Gospel Coalition website (April 17, 2015), and it certainly has my attention. He quotes Charles Spurgeon’s comments on Paul’s words to Timothy recorded in 2 Tim.4:13, where Paul directed his spiritual son to “bring …the books” to him while he was in prison.

While Spurgeon’s words are directed particularly to ministers of the Word, he also makes a wider application to the “people in the pew” at the end. These are words worth hearing and heeding. Starting with myself.

Is there a better time to read than at the end of the week in preparation for the Lord’s Day? And besides the worship of our Lord on His day, is there not a better way to nurture our faith than to spend time reading sound literature?

Here is Spurgeon on the necessity of reading – for Paul – and for ourselves.

We do not know what the books were about, and we can only form some guess as to what the parchments were. Paul had a few books which were left, perhaps wrapped up in the cloak, and Timothy was to be careful to bring them. Even an apostle must read. . . .

He is inspired, and yet he wants books!

He has been preaching at least for thirty years, and yet he wants books!

He had seen the Lord, and yet he wants books!

He had had a wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books!

He had been caught up into the third heaven, and had heard things which it was unlawful for a men to utter, yet he wants books!

He had written the major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books!

The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every preacher, “Give thyself unto reading.” The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.

Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible. We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service.

Paul cries, “Bring the books”—join in the cry.

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