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Colossians 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
Note 1 at Colossians 1:1: In nine of Paul’s thirteen epistles, he designated himself as an “apostle.” Paul did not choose to be an apostle or confer this honor upon himself. He saw and received his commission to be an apostle from the risen Christ (Acts 9:3-6, 22:6-15; 1 Corinthians 9:1, and 15:8-9), and showed the signs of an apostle by miraculous power (2 Corinthians 12:12). Note 2 at Colossians 1:1: Timothy is first mentioned in the New Testament in Acts 16:1, where he was described as a disciple whose mother was a Jewish believer and his father was a Greek. Paul first met Timothy on his second missionary journey (Acts 19:22), and that led to a special bond that lasted throughout Paul’s ministry. Paul referred to Timothy as “my own son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2), “my workfellow” (Romans 16:21), one of the “servants of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:1), “our brother” (2 Corinthians 1:1), and “my dearly beloved son” (2 Timothy 1:2). Although Paul was in prison, Timothy was still with him. Paul’s feelings for Timothy are best expressed in Philippians 2:20-22 - “For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.” It was to Timothy that Paul wrote his last letter from Rome (2 Timothy 4:6-8), encouraging Timothy to fulfill his ministry (2 Timothy 4:5).

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