What treasures are to be found in Paul's letters to the early Christians! These pearls of great price are not always easily discernible to the cursory reader of the New Testament; in fact, some who read the Scriptures without pausing to ponder the deeper, hidden meanings may complain that many of the treasures are concealed in an avalanche of words. For example, in the first chapter of his second epistle to Timothy it takes four verses to complete one of his sentences, and unless one continues to read the whole message he may miss a statement in the third verse which contains one of the most precious promises in all Christian lore.
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