“Introduction to Paul’s first letter to Timothy”
Categories: 1 Timothy
We are introduced to Timothy in Acts 16:1-2 during the Apostle Paul’s second preaching tour: “Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.” (Acts 16:1-3)
Timothy was Paul’s faithful traveling companion and worker during his second and third preaching journeys as Paul and his companions trekked about the Roman Empire teaching the Gospel and converting souls to Christ and strengthening brethren in the faith. The bond between Paul and Timothy was so deep and strong that Paul referred to his younger protégé as his “beloved son and faithful child in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:17), and his “true child in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2).
Paul likely wrote this first letter some time after his first Roman imprisonment, from the region of Macedonia, to the young evangelist Timothy who had been left behind in the city of Ephesus to preach the Gospel there (1 Timothy 1:3-4). I like Marshall Patton’s simple breakdown of this letter in his Truth Commentary from the Guardian of Truth Foundation: “The subject matter of Paul’s first epistle to Timothy may be viewed from a threefold viewpoint: (1) Warnings Against Departures From the Faith, (2) Proper Behavior in the House of God (church of our Lord), and (3) How to Save Ourselves and Those That Hear Us.”
Please read 1 Timothy 1:1-7 for tomorrow.
Have a great day!
- Louie Taylor