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7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

 

Paul indicates his special role in proclaiming the gospel in this verse. He presents himself as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher (2 Tim 1:11).

7 for which

“Which” refers to the testimony that would come in due time.

I was appointed [ordained] a preacher

The word “preacher” is a herald. It is an official term for announcing political, sports, and religious events. God appointed or set Paul as a herald or announcer of the gospel (1 Co 1:21; 9:27; 15:11; 2 Tim 1:11; Tit 1:3).

and an apostle—

Once again, Paul draws attention to his commission as an apostle. He did not appoint himself; God did that (2 Tim 1:11). He was a special ambassador with unique credentials.

I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—

Paul’s authority for writing Scripture (First Timothy) and instructing the church came directly from God. In this emphatic statement, he emphasizes his special authority to reach the Gentiles.

a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

God appointed Paul to reach Gentiles for Christ (Ro 11:13-16; 15:18-21). Paul was a special apostle to the Gentiles, as distinct from the twelve apostles. He taught the Gentiles, especially in the categories of “faith and truth.” Faith is the subjective aspect of the gospel, and truth is the objective. The idea is faith in the revealed or extant gospel. This assertion by Paul must have encouraged the Gentile Ephesian church. God has a plan and purpose for Gentiles. “Faith and truth” are the spheres where Paul discharges his apostleship.

PRINCIPLE:

Christians are to herald the gospel of Christ.

APPLICATION:

Believers have a unique message that we need to convey to the world. The gospel is a special message because it is like no other, and it resolves an issue with an absolute God.

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