Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 2 Timothy 1:1-2
Paul really gums up the works for liberal Bible critics. Not only are his letters early, that is close to the crucifixion and resurrection, but Paul always identifies himself. One can argue who wrote the gospels or which John wrote the letters and Revelation but Paul left us no doubt. So we have a known author of over half of the books in the New Testament.
Gary Habermas, noted teacher, writer and apologist, defends the resurrection using only the writings of Paul. Paul’s writings supply us with every essential Christian doctrine as well as how Christians and our church bodies should behave. In fact if we only had Paul’s letters we would have all that we need for our salvation.
But the amazing thing is that we not only have Paul’s letters but the rest of the New Testament writings, faithfully preserved for us for almost two thousand years. And we have the Old Testament handed down for over four thousand years. No other ancient writings have been preserved in so many manuscripts at such early dates. God has made sure that His Word would not pass away.
So, as we start looking at Paul’s second letter to Timothy over the next few days take a moment to reflect what a special and miraculous gift we have in our Bible.
Have a blessed day,