God Our Saviour - Studies in 1st Timothy
This letter presents two reasons for Christ's incarnation: (i) to save sinners (1:15) (ii) to manifest God in flesh (3:16). This is the basis of the two key themes of 1st Timothy. The focus of the first half of the letter is on how God works to save this world from the damage caused by sin. In the second half (starting 3:16) the theme is godliness. Godliness involves living in the world, but living for the world to come.