Paul and friends (1 Thess. 1:1)

“Paul,

Silvanus,

And Timothy,

To the church

Of the Thessalonians

In God the Father

And the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace to you

And peace.”

Παῦλος καὶ Σιλουανὸς καὶ Τιμόθεος τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ Θεσσαλονικέων ἐν Θεῷ Πατρὶ καὶ Κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστῷ· χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη.

Paul opened his letter.  “Paul (Παῦλος), Silvanus (καὶ Σιλουανὸς), and Timothy (καὶ Τιμόθεος), to the church (τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ) of the Thessalonians (Θεσσαλονικέων) in God the Father (ἐν Θεῷ Πατρὶ) and the Lord Jesus Christ (καὶ Κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστῷ).  Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν) and peace (καὶ εἰρήνη).”  Paul did not say that he was an apostle like he had said in many of his other letters.  This Silvanus maybe Silas, the prophet from Jerusalem mentioned in Acts, chapter 15:32, who was with Paul on his second missionary journey in Acts, chapter 15:40, after he had separated from Barnabas.  Timothy was Paul’s constant companion.  Timothy was a native of Lystra in Lycaonia, a respected member of the Christian congregation, as mentioned in Acts, chapter 16:1-3.  Timothy became Paul’s disciple, and later his constant companion and co-worker in preaching, as a close traveling companion of Paul.  Paul and Silas took Timothy along with them on their journey to Macedonia.  Timothy was also with Paul in Ephesus.  He was also involved with the founding of the church community in Philippi.  His relationship with Paul was close and Paul entrusted him with missions of great importance.  Timothy’s name also appears as the co-author on 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, and here.  In fact, two biblical letters were addressed to Timothy, 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy.  Thus, Timothy was an important figure in the early growing Christian gentile church in the second half of the first century.  This letter was addressed to the church or community at Thessalonica, the capital city of the Roman province of Macedonia.  Paul extended his normal grace and peace greeting to them that can be found in all his epistles.  How do you greet people?

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