Paul (1 Tim. 1:1)

“Paul

An apostle

Of Christ Jesus,

By the command

Of God,

Our savior,

And of Christ Jesus,

Our hope.”

Παῦλος ἀπόστολος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ κατ’ ἐπιταγὴν Θεοῦ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τῆς ἐλπίδος ἡμῶν

Paul said, “Paul (Παῦλος), an apostle (ἀπόστολος) of Christ Jesus (Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ), by the command (ἐπιταγὴν) of God (Θεοῦ), our savior (Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν), and of Christ Jesus (καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ), our hope (ἐλπίδος ἡμῶν).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐπιταγὴν, that means a command, instruction, order, or authority.  At the beginning of this letter, Paul clearly identified himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ.  It was the command of our savior God who called him to be a missionary for Jesus Christ.  This was not a mere human request, but a divine instruction.  Paul was an ambassador of Jesus Christ.  In fact, it was the vision of Jesus Christ, his hope, that led to his conversion to Jesus Christ.  Thus, Paul stated at the beginning of this letter that he was the one writing it.  Are you an apostle like Paul?

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