Always “Yes” (2 Cor. 1:19)

“The Son of God,

Jesus Christ,

Whom we preached

Among you,

Silvanus,

Timothy,

And I,

Was not “Yes and No”.

But in him,

It is always Yes.”

ὁ τοῦ Θεοῦ γὰρ Υἱὸς Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς ὁ ἐν ὑμῖν δι’ ἡμῶν κηρυχθείς, δι’ ἐμοῦ καὶ Σιλουανοῦ καὶ Τιμοθέου, οὐκ ἐγένετο Ναί καὶ Οὔ, ἀλλὰ Ναί ἐν αὐτῷ γέγονεν.

Paul said that the Son of God (ὁ τοῦ Θεοῦ γὰρ Υἱὸς), Jesus Christ (Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς), whom we preached among you (ὁ ἐν ὑμῖν δι’ ἡμῶν κηρυχθείς), that is Silvanus (καὶ Σιλουανοῦ), Timothy (καὶ Τιμοθέου), and I (δι’ ἐμοῦ), was not “Yes and No” (οὐκ ἐγένετο Ναί καὶ Οὔ), but in him, it was always Yes (ἀλλὰ Ναί ἐν αὐτῷ γέγονεν).  Paul explained that he and his companions had preached that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.  Very clearly, there was no ambiguity.  They were not fickle or vacillating in their preaching.  It was always “yes” and never “yes and no”.  These three apostles appear together at the beginning of the first two letters to the Thessalonians, chapter 1:1, in both letters.  Also, there was a mention of Silas or Silvanus in Acts, chapter 15:40 and 18:5, who also was a Roman citizen, like Paul.  The three of them seemed inseparable during the second journey of Paul.  Silas was with Paul when he was imprisoned in Acts, chapter 16:19-40, and in Beroea in Acts, chapter 17:10-15.  Timothy was the recipient of two letters.  Do you have constant companions?

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