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1 Timothy 1:1 April 14, 2009

Posted by Tim in Life in Christ.
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I’ve been crawling through the book of 1 Timothy lately, taking a verse and journaling. Then yesterday I was reading some old blogs from college and was encouraged by what I had written then. So I’m going to try to put down my thoughts here, too. Pomp over. Let’s begin.

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

Christ Jesus, our hope.

I see two things in Christ Jesus to find hope in. Perhaps they are best summed up as “Christ” and “Jesus”.

Christ – he is God, and our deliverance. In this world of temptation, attack, and despair, he is Lord and the provider of ways out. And in the ultimate, he will deliver us from our enemies with finality, as he returns and conquers all and makes a new heaven and a new earth.

But the second is more profound for me. He is Jesus – the perfect man. John expressed such hope like this: “When he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” That secure promise of absolute redemption is the foundational hope of the life of the believer: the quest for righteousness will not be in vain, and in fact will be achieved by God himself.

Yet that hope applies today, as inwardly we are renewed day by day. Jesus is more than a Savior: he is our example, our big brother. Through love the Father is disciplining us to take on that perfection, replacing and renewing the fallen Adam with the abundant life of the new Adam. And the goal – the hope – is not some arbitrary or relative righteousness. It is the Son.

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