By Gordon D. Fee
Dr. Fee's statement on 1 and a pair of Timothy and Titus, initially a part of the excellent news remark sequence, is revised and reset in an obtainable yet in-depth layout for pastors, scholars, and laypeople. An introductory bankruptcy bargains with uncomplicated questions of authorship, heritage, and subject matters, then every one part of Scripture is related, followed via notes on goods within the textual content that desire additional clarification.
"[Fee's statement on 1 and a couple of Timothy, Titus] . . . is perfect for college kids, pastors, and academics. it's a version of readability and association and always displays a really appropriate exam of exegetical concerns. certainly . . . i believe it really is the most effective on hand [commentaries] at the pastoral epistles. Fee's ability in writing commentaries is as obvious during this quantity because it was once in his magisterial quantity on 1 Corinthians."
Â—Thomas R. Schreiner, Bethel Theological Seminary
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The purpose of ordering them to stop is to bring the church back to the proper result of "God's work, based on faith;' namely, their loving one another. (Note how often faith 1 Timothy 1:5-7 43 and love appear together in the PE as the truly Christian virtues: 1 Tim. 1:14; 2:15; 4:12; 6:11; 2 Tim. 1:13; 2:22; 3:10; Titus 2:2). The Christian grace of love springs from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. These motivations to love stand in stark contrast to those of the false teachers, who are deceived and deceitful (4:1-2; 5:24; 2 Tim.
The Traditional Solution When all has been said, the traditional solution, despite the difficulties, still seems to be the best one. lt affords the distinct 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus 26 advantage of being able to take account of more of the hard historical data, not to mention being able to offer a satisfactory accounting of all three letters, both as wholes and in all of their individual parts, as the following commentary hopes to demonstrate. The chief difficulty with the tradition still remains: how adequately to account for the different language and style.
Even relationships and attitudes arnong believers (2:1-10) are tobe such that outsiders will not only not reject the gospel (2:5) but rnight even be attracted to it (2:10). Why, then, did Paul write such a letter, and when? Since it displays a rnore prophylactic, less urgent, appearance than 1 Tunothy, the Epistle to Titus was probably written after the latter. Paul had left Titus in Crete to finish setting the churches in order. After he and Tirnothy had gone to Ephesus and found that church in such disarray, Paul left Tirnothy there to restore order.