Paul is writing to Timothy, one of his coworkers, but also his son in the faith. Paul identifies himself as an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God in accordance with the promise of life in Christ Jesus. He greets Timothy on paper not by saying, “Dear Timothy,” or “Hello, Timothy,” but instead, “Grace, mercy, and peace.” Although he is merely greeting Timothy, this opening phrase is pregnant in meaning. It is God’s grace, mercy, and peace. The Father. The Lord. God’s plan. God’s promise. Paul writes to Timothy and starts with a reminder that God is in charge; it is from God that grace, mercy, and peace are found.