1 Tim 1:2 wrote:Τιμοθέῳ γνησίῳ τέκνῳ ἐν πίστει·
decided to read through 1 Timothy, and came across this interesting little tidbit.
If we take πίστει as definite (nouns can be
definite without the article if they are objects of prepositions.), ἐν makes it a dative of sphere, that is, "Timothy, genuine child in
the faith." Then Paul here would be making a declaration that little Timmy is within the group of the elect. Now, if we ...