I Timothy

Paul empowers Timothy with the care of the Christian church in Ephesus.

Timothy assisted Paul in his many missionary travels. He helped Paul in his ministry both in and out of jail. It is clear that Paul is fond of Timothy and regards him as a son. He also trusts Timothy to carry on his message to the various churches.

Specifically, in I Timothy, Paul writes concerning the church in Ephesus. In this letter Paul encourages Timothy to discourage 1:3, "...certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies."

Paul warns about these teachings, that Christians may be lead to concentrate on these rather than the words of Christ. Paul goes further to instruct Timothy in 2:1, "I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness."

Timothy is advised on the organization of the church and to choose leaders who set high moral standards for themselves as they set the example for the whole church. He shares that there is good in the world, 4:4 "For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer."

He teaches wisdom with respect to the love of money, 6:9-10 "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

Authored by LB