He cites the three together in Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, Titus, and Hebrews; in other words, the three are mentioned together in 9 of the 14 writings. Paul often spoke of these two entities (the spirit of holiness and the spirit of love) together or compared with each other, which shows that they were not separate beings but one and the same Spirit who worked in different ways through Paul for the benefit of others.
The Spirit is said to be dwelling within us richly as we live out our lives by faith in Jesus Christ and He is said to be living in us as we walk according to His will.
We need both the spirit of holiness and the spirit of love in our lives. We cannot do things God's way without allowing Him to guide us and teach us, but at the same time we cannot live a selfish life where we try to satisfy our needs alone without considering others. It is only when we have both those spirits living inside us that we can say we are truly born-again Christians.
Twenty-one of the New Testament's 27 books are epistles, or letters, many of which were penned by Paul. Romans, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, and Philemon are the epistles attributed to him. Some scholars believe that others may have been written by Paul under a pseudonym, such as "The Apostle to the Gentiles."
Paul wrote six chapters of I Corinthians and connected them with an outline in I Corinithians 13:1. He also appeared to have planned his letter to the Thessalonians before he died (see 1 Thessalonians 4:15). However, Paul did not write every detail of his letters; instead, he probably used a secretary to type out his words.
In addition to the canonical epistles, several other writings are referred to as "epistles" by early Christians. These include Hebrews, James, Peter, John, and Jude. Although some believe that 2 Peter and Jude should be included among the New Testament epistles, most modern scholars consider them to be pseudonymous, or fake, letters written by the author(s) of 2 Peter and Jude to explain how they came by their knowledge of events that had taken place during Paul's life time.
Hebrews is thought to have been written by someone who knew Jesus personally since it refers to facts about His life and teachings.
In roughly chronological sequence, the seven genuine or "undisputed" letters of Paul are as follows: Galatians 1 Thessalonians Corinthians 1. 2 Corinthian Philippians and Philemon Romans.
According to Raymond Brown, "it is the final reference of Timothy in Acts." In 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon, Timothy's name appears as a co-author. "I have no one like him," Paul wrote to the Philippians about Timothy (Philippians 2:19–23).
In addition to his role as an apostle, Timothy was also appointed by Paul as a minister or servant (doulos) of the church at Ephesus (see Acts 16:1).
Paul called himself "a prisoner for Christ Jesus" and said that he was "awaiting orders from Rome". However there are indications within the book of Romans that he was under house arrest when he wrote this letter.
It can be assumed that since Paul was a prisoner, he would not have been able to travel to visit Timothy. Instead, Timothy was sent by ship to Corinth where Paul had previously written from prison (see 2 Cor. 1:16). Upon arrival, Timothy was taken before the governor of Greece who ordered that he be set free. He was then able to travel with ease to Rome where he met up with Paul.
It should be noted that although Timothy was with Paul in Rome, they were not together all the time. According to 2 Tim. 4:5, Paul left Titus in charge of the church in Crete while he went to Macedonia. It seems likely that Timothy went with him.
Second John, on the other hand, contains the fewest verses in the Bible, with only one chapter consisting of only 13 verses. This epistle's wording is very similar to that of 3 John. Some believe that both of these letters were written by the same person. However, since 3 John was probably written first, this would make 2 John a rebuttal or reply to something that third John's author had written.
In addition to being the shortest letter in the New Testament, 2 John also has the fewest words per verse of any letter other than James (which has no less than 30 words per verse). It averages out to about 15 words per verse. Second John consists of only two paragraphs without a punctuation mark. They are separated by a semi-colon.
The original language of the Second Epistle of John is Greek but it was written for and to people who knew nothing of grammar or syntax. As such, it must be interpreted by us, the readers who do know these things.
According to E. Ellis, "the style is simple and direct; but as we cannot understand a word of it, the meaning must remain doubtful and conjectural." He goes on to say that "its apparent purpose was to refute some heresy which had begun to spread among the Christians of Asia Minor."