1 Timothy "By The Commandment of God"
The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series intends to help us understand how that allows God’s people receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.
The greeting of the letter titled 1 Timothy is, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Paul had stated in prior letters that it was by the will of God that he was an apostle, and now he says, “by the commandment of God our Saviour,” God’s commandments are met in each of His people’s lives, and nothing will keep His purpose from occurring, so the best thing any of His people can do is relax and enjoy the journey all the way through their lives as His plan is revealed to them in their active pursuit of Him..
Paul continues with, “which is our hope” This is the first time it is said in a greeting that He is our hope. The entire world is hopeless without God the Saviour and Jesus Christ.
The third and final new statement Paul makes is, “my own son in the faith:” This opens God’s people’s ability to understand that the ability for God to produce offspring through His people is possible. This type of offspring is more valuable than physical offspring; because physical offspring will eventually pass, but the spiritual will endure forever.
God has this incredible map for His people, and He shares it with them as He knows they can receive it. Continue following the series and find out how amazing the journey can be.
Tomorrow’s blog is 2 Timothy which states, “according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus”