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1 Paul [Paulos], an apostle [apostolos] of Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] by [dia] the will [thelema] of God [theos], and [kai] Timotheus [Timotheos] our brother [adelphos], KJV-Interlinear
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus
Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,NASB
I ll repeat some of the
introduction to Paul, that we made in our study of
Paul identifies himself
as the writer of this letter.Paul was
once known by his Hebrew name, Saul.Paul is his gentile (Roman) name.
He is commonly referred
to as the messenger, the missionary of the gospel and scripture, to the
The timeline of Pauls life is not specifically known, but most agree that
his conversion to Christianity came in the mid 30 s A.D., perhaps around 35
A.D., when Jesus Himself confronted him while he was traveling along the road.
Prior to his Christian
life, Paul was known as Saul, as he pursued the persecution of Christians in
the name of good in behalf of the Levitical Priesthood.
Once he came face to
face to Christ, Saul s life changed in a very dramatic way.And he subsequently became the most prominent
writer of the New Testament scriptures, and the one to whom even the other
apostles looked to for answers for understanding of the more complex Biblical
Paul has identified
himself, elsewhere, as a slave, a voluntary slave as it were, of Christ.Having placed himself, and
his entire life, at Christ s disposal.
Pauls faith did not come in the flash of light he
witnessed along the road, but by the same means as faith comes to every new
believer.He listened and studied, and
learned doctrine all over again.Placing
his former views and understandings aside, and during the three years following
his conversion to Christianity, Paul studied intensely in a crash course of
himself as the one (among others) whom Jesus had selected, an Apostle, and he clearly
states that this same Jesus, is the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior promised by
the scriptures.And that as an Apostle,
he was one of several direct witnesses of Jesus, although his witness of Jesus,
came long after the Ascension of Christ, while he, Paul, was traveling along
the road, and was struck blind by a flash of light.
Far too often people
have a tendency to retain their former beliefs and try to incorporate them into
their current studies.This only promotes
conflict, and difficulty in learning truth.
Faith comes through
believing, and knowledge comes through study, and godliness comes through growth
in ones spiritual life.It was the same
for Adam, for Paul, and is the same for you.They did not have any advantages with God, any more so than you have
Every person who has
the breath of life in them, has the opportunity to
advance in their spiritual life just as far as they want to advance.
There is only one
person who can prevent ones advance, and that is ones self.
Paul identifies his
purpose, by the will of God. For it is
of God that we are all here on this earth in the first place.Were it not for Gods sovereign decision to create
each one of us individually, then we would not exist at all.
None of us had any say
in our birth, prior to our birth, so we are here with life, courtesy of the
grace (favor) of God.And even though
your life may not be a really great one, your destiny has all of the potential
of being phenomenal, as well as your current life.Why?Because you have in your own little hands, the power and resources to
make your life great.And that
power comes to you freely, through Bible doctrine.
All you have to do is
get your act together, with respect to your daily study, and with your daily
application of Gods mandates, to your life.
folks won t do this, but some will.If you
finally decide to get your act together, then you will be in a very small group
of folks from all of human history, that advances to
spiritual maturity, and all of the greater grace blessings (which most folks
will never receive), that go along with it.
And Timothy, is a
member of Pauls closest group of friends, who help him in his ministry.
Timothy means, dear to
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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