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Hope is both present and future. The widow sets her hope on God in the present time, as does the rich person (1 Tim 5:5; 6:17). The eschatological dimension of hope arises as believers wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). Since our hope is set on the living God, who is the savior of all people (1 Tim 4:10), hope and salvation go hand in hand. God is the grounding and the object of our hope, which is realized through Christ Jesus (Collins: 23).

9; in CW: 1042). In response to the need for greater moral integrity among ministers, seminaries in North America are giving more attention to the 52 1 Timothy 1:3–20 pastor as person and to character formation as essential to the integrity of one’s ministry. Spiritual formation and the pastor’s own sense of being are now an integral part of preparation for the pastoral ministry. Pastors must be ethical in their practice of Christian ministry and attend to their own moral character. Most Christian denominations, including believers church denominations, have ethical guidelines for pastors (Thomas: 106-27).

Paul considered Timothy’s Jewish background in using this word. Timothy needed God’s special favor because he felt himself to be in difficulty and needed sympathy, tenderness, and comfort for the task of leading the Ephesian church. The threefold wish (grace, mercy, and peace) indicates that Paul wants Timothy to experience the blessing of laboring in the power and protection of God.  H. Marshall 1999: 358). THE TEXT IN BIBLICAL CONTEXT God Our Savior The phrase God our Savior occurs five times in the OT and only eight times in the NT, six of which are in the letters to Timothy and Titus (Luke 1:47; 1 Tim 1:1; 2:3; 4:10; Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4; Jude 25).

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