1 Timothy 1:1 (NLT)
God our Savior
This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope. 2 I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
In this verse, God the Father is called our Savior. Usually in the NT, the Lord Jesus is spoken of as the Savior. But there is no contradiction. God is the Savior of men in the sense that He desires their salvation, He has sent His Son to accomplish the work of redemption, and He gives eternal life to all who accept the Lord Jesus by faith. Christ is the Savior in the sense that He actually went to the cross and finished the work that was necessary in order that God might righteously save ungodly sinners.
The Lord Jesus Christ is spoken of here as our hope. This reminds one of Colossians 1:27: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Our only hope of getting to heaven is found in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus. In fact, all the bright prospects which are held out before us in the Bible are ours only because of our connection with Christ Jesus.
Note further Ephesians 2:14, where Christ is our peace, and Colossians 3:4, where He is our life. Christ is our peace, dealing with the problem of our sins in the past; Christ is our life, dealing with the problem of power for the present; and Christ is our hope, dealing with the problem of deliverance in the future.
V:2, The usual salutation in NT Letters is “grace and peace.” In 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and 2 John, this is enlarged to grace, mercy and peace. All of these latter Epistles were written to individuals rather than to churches, and this explains the addition of mercy.
Grace means all the divine resources needed for Christian life and service. Mercy speaks of God’s compassionate care and protection for one who is needy and prone to fail. Peace means the inner tranquility that comes from leaning on the Lord. These three blessings come from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. The deity of Christ is implied in this verse in that Paul speaks of Him as equal with the Father. The expression Jesus Christ our Lord stresses the Lordship of Christ. Whereas the word “Savior” occurs twenty-four times in the NT, the word “Lord” occurs 522 times. We should be able to make a personal application of these important statistics.
Messianic Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled
Messiah would be born of a woman
Gen 3:15 (ESV)
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Gal 4:4 (ESV)
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
Messiah would be born in Bethleham
Mic 5:2-5 (ESV)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Mat 2:1 (ESV)
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.
Messiah would be born of a virgin
Isa 7:14 (ESV)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Mat 1:22-25 (ESV)
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him:he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah
Gen 49:10 (ESV)
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Heb 7:14 (ESV)
For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne
Isa 9:6-7 (ESV)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Luk 1:30-33 (ESV)
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”