1 Timothy 1:1-2
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today we are beginning the two pastoral books of Timothy. Don’t let the title of the book throw you off. These two letters are written not by Timothy, but rather are written by the Apostle Paul to his young apprentice Timothy.
All authority comes from God. Romans 13:1 reminds us that “there is no authority except from God, and those (governing authorities) that exist have been instituted by God.” Which means that the authority that the apostle Paul had was given to him by God. Paul was declared an apostle by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope. And this same authority that Paul had over Timothy is the same authority he has over us.
Letters are a wonderful means of communication. It is good to write letters to those who we have had the opportunity to share the gospel with. Timothy was Paul’s child in the faith. We are so blessed to have this letter from the apostle Paul to Timothy with us today. I pray that over the weeks that we go through these two letters, the grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord, fills our home and our hearts to the praise of His glorious Name!