POSTED 11 FEBRUARY, 2018
reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume II
“Paul, an apostle of Messiah Yeshua by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Messiah Yeshua, to Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Messiah Yeshua our Lord.”
The second correspondence composed by the beloved Apostle Paul, to his dear friend and ministry colleague Timothy, is introduced with an assertion about who he is and how the Lord has chosen him: “Paul, an emissary of Messiah Yeshua through the will of God, according to the promise of life in Messiah Yeshua” (2 Timothy 1:1, TLV). The principal recipient of 2 Timothy is Paul’s dear friend and ministry colleague Timothy, as is stated in 2 Timothy 1:2: “To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (NIV). The contents of this epistle, of course, would eventually be heard by the Ephesian Believers (2 Timothy 2:18; 4:22). Just like the opening of Paul’s first correspondence to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:2), Timothy is not only issued grace and peace, but also mercy, possibly being a reminder that he needs to expel some mercy in his dealings with the Ephesians. As is typical with the introduction to most of his letters, God is recognized as “Father” and Yeshua is recognized as “Lord,” as Paul definitely does consider Yeshua the Son to be integrated into the Godhead.