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Salutation

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,


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CHAPTER 1

1. This Epistle is the last testament and swan-like death song of Paul [Bengel].

according to the promise of life … in Christ—Paul's apostleship is in order to carry into effect this promise. Compare "according to the faith … in hope of eternal life … promise," &c. (Tit 1:1, 2). This "promise of life in Christ" (compare 2Ti 1:10; 2Ti 2:8) was needed to nerve Timothy to fortitude amidst trials, and to boldness in undertaking the journey to Rome, which would be attended with much risk (2Ti 1:8).




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