“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:6-7
Paul knew the time of his death was close. For over thirty years, he had faithfully shared the good news of God’s grace with many people, just as Jesus had instructed him (Acts 20:24). He now had finished his race of telling others about the good news of grace.
Paul described his time of sharing the good news of God’s grace, which the ascended Jesus had given him to share (Acts 20:24, Ephesians 3, Galatians 1:11-12), as a fight.