1 Timothy 2:7
 
1 Timothy 2:7
(KJV) Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
(1611 KJV) Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an Apostle (I speake the trueth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and veritie.
(1587 Geneva Bible) Whereunto I am ordeined a preacher and an Apostle (I speake the trueth in Christ, and lie not) euen a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and veritie.
(1526 Tyndale) wherevnto I am ordayned a preacher and an apostle: I tell the trueth in Christ and lye not beynge the teacher of the gentyls in fayth and veritie.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle-I am telling the truth, I am not lying-and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.
(1881 RV) whereunto I was appointed a preacher and an apostle-(I speak the truth, I lie not), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth
(1901 ASV) whereunto I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I speak the truth, I lie not), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
(THE MESSAGE) This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.
(ESV) For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
(CEV) This is why God chose me to be a preacher and an apostle of the good news. I am telling the truth. I am not lying. God sent me to teach the Gentiles about faith and truth.
(HCSB) For this I was appointed a herald, an apostle (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
(RSV) For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) For this I was appointed preacher and apostle (I am speaking the truth, I am not lying), teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) For the purpose of this witness I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—a teacher of nations in the matter of faith and truth.
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
eiV o eteqhn egw khrux kai apostoloV alhqeian legw en cristw ou yeudomai didaskaloV eqnwn en pistei kai alhqeia
 
Hort-Westcott- Critical Text
eiV o eteqhn egw khrux kai apostoloV alhqeian legw ou yeudomai didaskaloV eqnwn en pistei kai alhqeia
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (original)
P 025 - Ninth century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (corrected)
H 015 - Sixth century
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “in Christ”
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
Von Soden, Freiherr - 1902
 
Affected Teaching
The words “in Christ” are used 77 times in the New Testament and out of those 77 times, the Apostle Paul uses it 74 times. It is the testimony of the Apostle Paul that he is in Christ. In other words, it is through the Lord Jesus Christ that Paul had attained his salvation. In 1 Timothy 2:7, Paul affirms his earthly offices of preacher and apostle. These two offices were given to him by Christ upon his salvation which he describes by being “in Christ.” He also tells his readers that the truth he tells them is sourced in Christ. When the modern versions leave out “in Christ” then the statement is just focusing on Paul that he is telling the truth and that truth is not based on Christ but it is based on Paul. It moves the focus from Christ to Paul. It goes from being Christ-centered to being man-centered. We all know what God says about the verity of man. (Rom 3:4 KJV) God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. God is true and every man a liar. Just like some self-appointed preachers today who call themselves “apostles,” anyone can claim the title but Paul is affirming that his calling came from Christ and not men. (Gal 1:1 KJV) Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) Paul’s appointment is confirmed in Galatians 1:1. By removing, “in Christ” it also removes the reality that it is Christ who is the head of the church and can place anyone in any position He deems proper. The removal of His name disassociates Him from being the head of the church. It is another attack on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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