A Theology of the Letters to Timothy & Titus: The Last Days

The Last Days Conventional wisdom in Pastorals scholarship has it that by the time these letters were written (most likely by a follower of Paul after his death, many contend), the hope of an imminent return of Christ had faded. Instead, it is argued, the author has settled for a state of affairs in which […]

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A Theology of the Letters to Timothy and Titus: The Christian Life

Life between Two Epiphanies According to Paul’s teaching in the letters to Timothy and Titus, Christians live between two epiphanies or appearances of Jesus Christ: his first coming and his second coming. At his first coming, Jesus brought salvation (2 Tim 1:10; Titus 2:11); at his second coming, he will bring judgment and final salvation […]

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A Theology of the Letters of Timothy and Titus: The Church

The Theology of the Letters of Timothy and Titus: The Church While sustaining a close relationship with Old Testament Israel as the chosen people of God, there is a sense in which the church is a New Testament phenomenon. Properly understood, the church began at Pentecost (Acts 2) shortly after Jesus’ ascension and exaltation with […]

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A Theology of Paul’s Letters to Timothy and Titus: God, Christ, the Spirit, Salvation

Introduction In previous posts, I’ve discussed the mission theme and the theme of teaching in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. As we’ve seen, mission—that is, the mission of Paul and the early church—is the foundational theme in these letters. In conjunction with this mission, there is a multi-faceted emphasis on teaching sound apostolic doctrine that […]

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A Theology of Paul’s Letters to Timothy and Titus: Teaching

Mission and Teaching As we’ve seen in my previous post, mission is the foundational theme in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. These letters are predicated upon the ongoing mission of the early church of which Paul’s mission is an integral part. When Paul wrote these letters, that mission had already been progressing for about […]

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A Theology of Paul’s Letters to Timothy and Titus: Mission

Where Do We Start? What is the best starting point in unearthing Paul’s theology in his letters to Timothy and Titus? This is a difficult yet vital question, because as is often the case in New Testament writings, the author’s thoughts are complex and multi-faceted. Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus are no exception. Clearly, […]

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