2 Timothy 1:11

11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, [a]

2 Timothy 1:11 Meaning and Commentary

2 Timothy 1:11

Whereunto I am appointed a preacher
Both from eternity, in the counsel and purpose of God, ( Acts 9:15 ) and in time, by the church at Antioch, and the prophets in it, according to the express order of the Holy Ghost, ( Acts 13:2 ) . And if ever there was a preacher of the Gospel, Paul was one; he preached purely, powerfully, publicly, constantly, boldly, and with all faithfulness and integrity:

and an apostle;
that is, of the Gentiles, as follows, and as he elsewhere styles himself, ( Romans 11:13 ) for it does not run so smooth and easy to connect this with the word Gospel. In ( 2 Timothy 1:1 ) , he is called the apostle of Jesus Christ, because he was sent by him; and here the apostle of the Gentiles, because, he was sent to them; and this by the same appointment, by which he became a preacher:

and a teacher of the Gentiles;
though all the apostles, by their commission, were sent to teach all nations, or the Gentiles in the several parts of the world, as well as Jews; yet the apostle was eminently a teacher of them; his work chiefly lay among them; the Gospel of the uncircumcision, or the ministration of the Gospel to the uncircumcised Gentiles, was committed to him; and he was a teacher of them in faith and verity, as in ( 1 Timothy 2:7 ) . The Alexandrian copy only reads, "and a teacher".

2 Timothy 1:11 In-Context

9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher,
12 and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.
13 Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Other ancient authorities add [of the Gentiles]