2nd Timothy, chapter one, verses one and two, being the introduction.
- Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
- To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
The second verse tells us to whom Paul the apostle is writing, Timothy; or Timotheus. Paul says next: my dearly beloved son. Did he have a son? No. Was Paul even married? No. Then why does Paul say: my dearly beloved son? It was probably because they were both followers of Jesus Christ, and felt like family, and/or because Paul was kind of like a father to Timothy. He had probably taught him a lot about God, and encouraged him to come into the ministry. (I know that some people have studied Timothy and found out more about him, but I don't know much of anything about him, so please just bear with me!) Next, Paul says: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Note that Paul says, our Lord. So, it shows that they have a common faith. That they both believe the same things. What are your thoughts on this verse?
What I would advise y'all to read is Acts 9:1-22, the conversion of Paul. Paul had a unique experience in being introduced to his Savior. The first 22 verses of Acts 9 tell how Paul was showed mercy by God, and went from a big persecutor of the Church to someone who died for God. Really an amazing story of transformation!