I Timothy 1:1-2 Grace, Mercy, And Peace.

Paul always made the point that he was an apostle. He was not self-appointed. He was an apostle “by the commandment of God our Saviour and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope” (v. 1). On his way to Damascus to apprehend and prosecute Christians, the Lord appeared to him in all His glory and commanded him directly that he would be his messenger (Cf. Acts 9:15-16). We are so accustomed to referring exclusively to Jesus as our Saviour that we forget that the Father is also our Saviour, and in this salutation Christ is the hope of that salvation which the Father predestined from all eternity.

This is the first of Paul’s so called “pastoral letters,” since he addresses it to one of his protégés-Timothy, “a true son in the faith” (v. 2a). In this salutation he again repeats the Father and the Son in his invocation of blessing-of “grace, mercy, and peace” (v. 2b). As elsewhere, peace follows grace, and in the case I and II Timothy and Titus, also mercy (Cf. II Tim. 1:2; Titus 1:4). True peace with God can only come via grace and mercy. Grace and mercy is also necessary to bridge the divisions that are in the church. Timothy was something of a symbol of the change taking place in the church, since his mother was a Jew, but his father was Greek, and the peace to come between the two (Cf. Acts 16:1).

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