The program “Commentary” presents the explanations of the Bible, based on the Church Sacred Tradition, including the commentaries of the Church Fathers, as well as contemporary researches.
The apostle instructs Timothy how to behave as a good and exemplary servant of Christ and reminds about the responsibilities which Timothy must assume for the different groups of believers.
The apostle expresses his concern about a false doctrine originated in the Church. This doctrine being a mixture of Jewish and pagan convictions was based on the beliefs that this material world is in evil and that humans can attain salvation only by using a special secret knowledge and lifestyle as well as refraining from certain foods and marriage.
In this chapter of the Epistle, the apostle goes on to give instructions on church discipline and worship. He describes what image and behavior must leaders, priests and deacons of the church have.
In the second chapter, the apostle writes about the importance of prayer in the life of humans. Prayer is accompanied by petitions, supplications, and offering of thanksgiving. Prayer is the basis of the spiritual life; it is communication with the kingdom of heaven.
Timothy, a young Christian, the son of a Jewish mother and a Greek father, was a native of Asia Minor. For the first time the Apostle met him in Lystra, during his second missionary journey. Later, Timothy became a close associate, assistant and constant companion of Paul during his apostolic journeys. Timothy’s name is mentioned many times in the Acts of the Apostles and in the letters of Paul.
The different opinions concerning the second coming of Christ continued creating confusion among the believers of the Thessalonian church. The Apostle, in his second epistle to them, clearly explains that before the second coming of Christ, evil and lawlessness will reach to an extreme state. The Apostle considers it necessary for the readers to stand in their faith straight and firm in spite of strife and suffering.
In chapters 4-5, the Apostle recalls the days he had spent with the Thessalonians, and answers many of their questions about the resurrection of the dead and the Second Coming of Christ. Could a believer be awarded with the eternal life if he died before the coming of Jesus? When will Christ come again? Paul commands believers to live a quiet and peaceful life, waiting in hope for the coming of Christ.
Thessaloniki, which is now called Selanik, was the capital of the Roman province Macedonia, where during his second apostolic visit Paul founded a church. But here the apostle immediately encountered opposition from the Jews, who envied his success of preaching. Afterwards, being aware of the course of events in the church, Paul wrote his first epistle to the Thessalonians, to inspire and encourage the local Christians.
The verses 18-25 of the 3rd Chapter of the Epistle to the Colossians are devoted to relations in the Christian environment. The life guided by Christ includes marriage, parental and filial obligations and everyday tasks. In the 4th chapter, the Apostle urges the Colossians to pray and give thanks to God. The Epistle is concluded with the Apostle's personal greetings and instructions.
In the 3rd chapter of the Epistle to the Colossians, the apostle exhorts Christians to keep away from worldly temptations. This helps to get rid of one's own passions and to obtain virtues. By enriching and guiding the mind with the word of God, with prayer and deeds in the name of Jesus Christ, humans are able to attain love and peace.
In the 2nd Chapter of the Epistle to the Colossians, the apostle warns to avoid delusions, keep oneself far from human sophisticated and vain deceits that are not based on the true teaching of Jesus Christ. The fullness of life is in Christ.
In the first chapter of the Epistle to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul welcomes the local community, represents himself as an apostle called by Jesus Christ, expresses gratefulness for the faith, hope, love and the Gospel, prays for the knowledge of God's will and for pious life. Jesus Christ is the Lord who created everything.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
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