This letter to Timothy was the last surviving record of anything Paul wrote. It’s believed it was written in Paul’s second stint in a Roman prison, and just before Paul died, although the date of Paul’s death is set anywhere between AD64 and AD68.
This is a man who believes he has done everything God asked of him, and he’s ready for whatever comes next. It’s an ironic ending for someone who started out as a persecutor of the new Christian way:
2 Timothy 4:6-8 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 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.