and Timothy, Servants of Jesus Christ…” (
we continue our study of Paul and Timothy in this week’s Journal, I will
address the authorship of the book. Does
this letter have a dual authorship? There
has been an ongoing scholarly debate as to the writer – Paul or Timothy. Most
scholars believed that it was written by Paul and Timothy served as his
secretary. In ancient times,beginning a letter with the names of the
senders, addressees, and the greetings were the acceptable format of a letter.
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ
Jesus …” (Phil 1:1)
my Journal last week, I discussed the background of the Apostle Paul. I focused on his birth, education, his
persecution of the church, conversion and calling from the persecutor of the
church to defender and a prolific author of the church. In this week’s Journal,
my mission's lens will look at Timothy.
was converted by Paul. Timothy means “one who honors God.” His name is often
spelled Timotheous in the KJV. He first
appears in Acts 16:1–3 as Paul’s disciple whose mother “was a believer; but his
father was a Greek” (v 1).
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,…” (Philippians 1:1)
my mission's lens, a careful look at the
book of Philippians, Paul’s missionary letter to the Church at Philippi addresses
varieties of issues: The authorship, the
historicity of the existence of Philippi,
and that Paul planted a church in that city.
In gratitude, Paul thanked the saints in Philippi for the gifts they had
sent to him; he strengthened the believers by showing them that true joy comes
from Jesus Christ alone.
In Part One of this two-part series, I presented the
three keys that will unlock your blessings in 2013.The keys are Faith, Hope, and Love. In Part One, I discussed the first key: Faith.
Faith is believing in the promises of God.We learned last week that God promised us
protection, provision, and salvation in Christ. This week, we shall study the
other two keys – Hope and Love. Let’s begin with the second key: Hope.
is an important key because what one hopes for drives him to believe
persistently in the reality of what he hopes to see
now these remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13: 13