I tell the truth (1 Tim. 2:7)

“For this,

I was appointed

A herald

And an apostle.

I am telling the truth.

I am not lying.

I was appointed

To be a teacher

Of the gentiles

In faith

And truth.”

εἰς ὃ ἐτέθην ἐγὼ κῆρυξ καὶ ἀπόστολος, ἀλήθειαν λέγω, οὐ ψεύδομαι, διδάσκαλος ἐθνῶν ἐν πίστει καὶ ἀληθείᾳ.

Paul said, “For this (εἰς ὃ), I (ἐγὼ) was appointed (ἐτέθην) a herald (κῆρυξ) and an apostle (ἀπόστολος).  I am telling the truth (ἀλήθειαν λέγω).  I am not lying (οὐ ψεύδομαι).  I was appointed to be a teacher of the gentiles (διδάσκαλος ἐθνῶν) in faith (ἐν πίστει) and truth (καὶ ἀληθείᾳ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word κῆρυξ, that means a herald, preacher, or proclaimer.  Paul concluded this short hymn to Jesus Christ by speaking about his role.  Because of Jesus Christ, he was appointed as a herald and apostle to be a teacher to the gentiles with a true faith.  He was telling the truth and not lying.  Paul was clear about his authority as an apostle since he was appointed or chosen by Jesus Christ in a vision to him.  Thus, he would proclaim that he was a truthful teacher to the gentile non-Jewish people.  Do you tell the truth?

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