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Paul and Timothy in the Book of Philippians (Part Two)

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus …” (Phil 1:1)

In 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.

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).  He was a third-generation Christian after his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois (2 Tm 1:5). The Apostle Paul refers to him as “my true child in the faith” (1 Tm 1:2). Paul decided to take Timothy with him on the second missionary journey; he had him circumcised so as not to hinder their missionary endeavors among the Jews. Timothy traveled with Paul into Europe following the Macedonian vision. When Paul decided to go to Athens, he left Silas and Timothy at Berea to establish the church there (Acts 17:14). Timothy and Silas eventually joined Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:5).

He next appears with Paul in Ephesus on his third journey (Acts 19:22), from where Paul sends him into Macedonia ahead of himself. In the last mention of Timothy in Acts 20:4, he was included in the list of goodwill ambassadors who were to accompany Paul to Jerusalem with the offering for the Christian Jews. In Hebrews 13:23 the author (probably not Paul) tells his readers that Timothy had been released from prison, and that he hoped to come with Timothy to visit the readers of that letter. By this note, we know that Timothy experienced imprisonment.

From the backgrounds of Paul (discussed last week) and Timothy, it is plain that they had a unique relationship and were partners in Ministry. Partnership in ministry is indispensably essential. Who is your partner in ministry?

To be continued.


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