of the Tomb in Israel
Mother was a Jewess, and his Father was a Greek
came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple
was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which
was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: Which
was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and
- Him would Paul have
to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of
the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that
his father was a Greek. And as they went through the cities,
they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained
of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
- And so were the churches
established in the faith, and increased in number daily. (Acts 16:1-5 kjv)
- The First
Epistle of Paul to TIMOTHY
- The two epistles to
Timothy and the one to Titus, because of their special instruction
for church leaders, are commonly known as the Pastoral Epistles.
It is generally believed that they were written just before Paul's
martyrdom about A.D. 66. In these letters, Paul records his thoughts
and feelings as he prepared to pass his ministry on to others.
Timothy's mother was a Jewess, and his father was a Greek
(Acts. 16:1). By the tine of Paul's second missionary journey,
Timothy's mother had also become a Christian. His mother and
grandmother had instructed him in the Scriptures (2 Tim. 1:5).
Timothy was a native of Lystra (Acts 16:1) and was highly
esteemed by his Christian. brethren both in Lystra and Iconium
(Acts 16:2). He came to know the Lord through Paul's ministry
in Lystra on his first missionary journey. During the second
journey, Paul and Silas added Timothy to their party (Acts 15:36
- 41). To avoid criticism from the Jews, Timothy was circumcised
by Paul before they set out on their journey.
Paul sent Timothy hack to Thessalonica as his representative
(1 Thess. 3:1, 2) when he was hindered by Satan from going there
himself (1 Thess. 2:17, 18). The next time he mentioned, Paul
is sending him away from Ephesus with Erastus on another important
nission to Macedonia (Acts 19:22). From there, he was to proceed
to Corinth (1 Cor. 4:17). Apparently, Timothy was of a timid
nature because Paul encouraged the believers in Corinth to accept
him (1 Cor. 16:10, 11, cf. 1 Tim. 4:12).
Timothy also accompanied Paul on the journey to Jerusalem
(Acts 20:4, 5) and was with Paul in Rome when he wrote three
of the Prison Epistles (Phil. 1:1; 2:19; Col. 1:1; Phile. 1:1).
After his release from prison, Paul became engaged in further
ministry in the East, and left Timothy at Ephesus (1 Tim. 1:3)
to deal with the false teachers, supervise public worship, and
aid the church in the appointment of officials.
- Paul hoped to eventually
rejoin Timothy, but wrote this letter because he feared that
he might be delayed. The second letter to Timothy was
written after Paul was arrested again and put on trial for his
life (see the introduction to 2 Timothy). There is no indication
as to whether Timothy visited Paul as he had requested. In fact,
nothing else is known about Timothy except that he himself became
a prisoner (Heb. 13:23).
Paul was writing to Timothy to instruct him on how to
deal with the growing problem of false teachers that was evident
in the church at Ephesus. The fact that these false teachers
had infiltrated the church in Ephesus was a sad fulfillment of
Paul's prediction nearly five years earlier (Acts 20:28 -30).
Paul urged Timothy to boldly withstand these evil men by upholding
the truth of the Scripture.
for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV
edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga,