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1 Timothy 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
Note 1 at 1 Timothy 1:1: It was common for Paul to begin his epistles with a reference to his apostolic authority (Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Galatians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, Colossians 1:1, this verse, 2 Timothy 1:1, and Titus 1:1). The exceptions to this are Philippians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon. Note 2 at 1 Timothy 1:1: The phrase “God our Saviour” was a common one used within the Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy 1:1, 2:3; Titus 1:3, 2:10, and 3:4). This verse clearly states that God is our Savior, while Titus 3:6 says Jesus Christ is our Savior. We don’t have two saviors (Acts 4:12); therefore, this is further proof of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Note 3 at 1 Timothy 1:1: Notice that the phrase “which is” is italicized in the King James Version. This means these words were not in the original text. They were added for grammatical accuracy. If these two words were removed, this verse would literally read, “Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.” The New International Version renders it as “Christ Jesus our hope.” The facts of Christianity are superior to the claims of any religion of the world. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is so wonderful that no religious claims can parallel it. As Christians, our hope goes far beyond claims or facts, as wonderful as they may be. Our hope is a living Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. The atheist asks, “What makes you think there is a God?” The Christian says, “I talked to Him this morning.” As believers, our living relationship with a real Person puts our hope apart from just facts. Our hope is a Person.

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