Timothy (2 Tim. 1:2)

“To Timothy,

My beloved child!

Grace,

Mercy,

And peace

From God

The Father

And Jesus Christ

Our Lord.”

Τιμοθέῳ ἀγαπητῷ τέκνῳ· χάρις, ἔλεος, εἰρήνη ἀπὸ Θεοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν

Paul said, “To Timothy (Τιμοθέῳ), my loyal child (ἀγαπητῷ τέκνῳ), grace (χάρις), mercy (ἔλεος) and peace (εἰρήνη) from God (ἀπὸ Θεοῦ) the Father (πατρὸς) and Jesus Christ (καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ), our Lord (τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν).”  Once again, this greeting to Timothy is almost the same as in 1 Timothy, 1:2.  Paul addressed this letter to Timothy.  He called him his beloved child instead of a loyal, genuine, real, or true child of faith.  Timothy was listed as the co-author in six epistles, nearly half of the other Pauline letters, 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon.  Timothy was a native of Lystra in Lycaonia, a respected member of the Christian congregation, as mentioned in Acts, chapter 16:1-3.  In 1 Corinthians 16:10 there was a suggestion that he was by nature reserved and timid.  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.  Paul left Timothy at Ephesus, to govern that church.  He was also involved with the founding of the church community in Philippi.  His relationship with Paul was close, so that Paul entrusted him with missions of great importance.  Timothy was jailed at least once during the period of the writings of the New Testament since the writer of Hebrews mentioning Timothy’s release at the end of the epistle.  Thus, Timothy was an important figure in the early growing Christian gentile church in the second half of the first century.  This greeting is similar to all the other epistles of Paul, where Paul offered peace and grace.  However, here there was an addition of mercy.  This is a letter addressed to an individual person, Timothy, instead of a Christian church community as in most of the other Pauline epistles.  What do you know about Timothy?

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