Summary: 1 of 3. Paul approached Timothy thru a accepted authority. The faithful Christian accepts God’s authority. How do the faithful recognize Christian authority? A qualifier of an accepted Christian authority is...

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In order to fill the shoes of the faithful, one must first recognize his/her authority.

The greeting of the letter is contained in :1-2:

It contains the Writer, Recipient, the Authority by which it is sent, & Blessings.

Paul approached Timothy thru accepted authority.

The faithful Christian accepts God’s authority.

How do the faithful recognize Christian authority?

10 qualifiers of acceptable Christian authority.

1—A qualifier of an accepted Christian authority is...

Recognized FAMILIARITY(:1)


:1—“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior & the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,”

Paul was a man who was birth name was “Saul.” He is first mentioned in Acts 7:58, negatively associated with Stephen.

Stephen—One of the first deacons(Acts 6:1-5, 8, 9)—he was “full of faith & the Holy Spirit” & “full of faith & power, did great wonders & signs among the people.” Acts 6:9-10—“Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, & those from Cilicia & Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom & the Spirit by which he spoke.”

Thru false witnesses, Stephen was brought before the council of the Sanhedrin to hear his ‘false’ testimony. Even in their midst, “all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.”(Acts 6:15).

Even so, Stephen was killed by means of that council. They stoned him to death with rocks thrown.

More importantly, for our text, it is recorded in Scripture (Acts 7:58, 8:1) that those who stoned Stephen “... laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.” & we are plainly told “Now Saul was consenting to his death.”

Thereby Saul was in full support of the council’s actions.

Also “At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; & they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea & Samaria, except the apostles.”(Acts 8:1).

In fact, Saul was so against the testimony of Christians that we are told, “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, & dragging off men & women, committing them to prison.”(Acts 8:3).

Paul did not accept Christians as authoritative. He saw them as blasphemers against his God. His God was the God who had been traditionalized thru silly oral traditions intended to protect believers from transgressing the written revelation of God contained in the OT.

Acts 26:9-11—““Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. This I also did in Jerusalem, & many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; & when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in every synagogue & compelled them to blaspheme; & being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.” However while Saul was engaged in the search & imprisonment of Christians, his life was radically changed.

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