An Introduction to the First Epistle of Paul to Timothy (1 Timothy 1; 1 Timothy 2)

Heart of a Shepherd

Dec 01, 2022



Utangulizi wa Waraka wa Kwanza wa Paulo kwa Timotheo (1 Timotheo 1; 1 Timotheo 2)


Εισαγωγή στην Πρώτη Επιστολή του Παύλου προς Τιμόθεο (Α' Τιμόθεο 1· Α' Τιμόθεο 2)


คำนำสาส์นฉบับแรกที่เปาโลเขียนถึงทิโมธี (1 ทิโมธี 1; 1 ทิโมธี 2)


テモテへのパウロの最初の手紙の紹介 (1 テモテ 1; 1 テモテ 2)


تیمتھیس کے لیے پولس کے پہلے خط کا تعارف (1 تیمتھیس 1؛ 1 تیمتھیس 2)


바울이 디모데에게 보낸 첫째 서신 소개(디모데전서 1장; 디모데전서 2장)


Una Introducción a la Primera Epístola de Pablo a Timoteo (1 Timoteo 1; 1 Timoteo 2)


Isang Panimula sa Unang Sulat ni Pablo kay Timoteo (1 Timoteo 1; 1 Timoteo 2)


En introduktion till Paulus första brev till Timoteus (1 Timoteus 1; 1 Timoteus 2)


En introduktion til Paulus' første brev til Timoteus (1 Tim 1; 1 Tim 2)


مقدمة إلى رسالة بولس الرسول الأولى إلى تيموثاوس (تيموثاوس الأولى 1 ؛ تيموثاوس الأولى 2)

French (Canada)

Une introduction à la première épître de Paul à Timothée (1 Timothée 1 ; 1 Timothée 2)


Uvod u Prvu Pavlovu poslanicu Timoteju (1. Timoteju 1; 1. Timoteju 2)


Een inleiding tot de eerste brief van Paulus aan Timoteüs (1 Timoteüs 1; 1 Timoteüs 2)


Une introduction à la première épître de Paul à Timothée (1 Timothée 1 ; 1 Timothée 2)

Chinese (Traditional)

保羅寫給提摩太的第一封書信簡介(提摩太前書 1;提摩太前書 2)

Chinese (Simplified)

保罗写给提摩太的第一封书信简介(提摩太前书 1;提摩太前书 2)


तीमुथियुस को पौलुस की पहली पत्री का परिचय (1 तीमुथियुस 1; 1 तीमुथियुस 2)


הקדמה לאיגרת פאולוס הראשונה לטימותיאוס (טימותיאוס א' א'; טימותיאוס א' ב')


مقدمه ای بر رساله اول پولس به تیموتائوس (اول تیموتائوس 1؛ اول تیموتائوس 2)


Вступ до Першого послання Павла до Тимофія (1 Тимофія 1; 1 Тимофія 2)


Introduzione alla prima lettera di Paolo a Timoteo (1 Timoteo 1; 1 Timoteo 2)


O introducere în prima epistolă a lui Pavel către Timotei (1 Timotei 1; 1 Timotei 2)


Eine Einführung in den ersten Brief des Paulus an Timotheus (1. Timotheus 1; 1. Timotheus 2)


Uma Introdução à Primeira Epístola de Paulo a Timóteo (1 Timóteo 1; 1 Timóteo 2)

Haitian Creole

Yon Entwodiksyon nan Premye Lèt Pòl te bay Timote a (1 Timote 1; 1 Timote 2)


Введение в Первое послание Павла к Тимофею (1 Тимофею 1; 1 Тимофею 2)


Pengenalan kepada Surat Pertama Paulus kepada Timotius (1 Timotius 1; 1 Timotius 2)


Giới thiệu Thư thứ nhất của Phao-lô gửi cho Ti-mô-thê (1 Ti-mô-thê 1; 1 Ti-mô-thê 2)

An Introduction to the First Epistle of Paul to Timothy (1 Timothy 1; 1 Timothy 2) 

Scripture reading - 1 Timothy 1; 1 Timothy 2


A personal note: Of all Paul’s epistles, his first letter to Timothy is my favorite. As a young man, I found the apostle’s counsel to his “son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2) to be invaluable as I framed my own ministry philosophy. Now that I am an elder minister, I reflect on Paul’s manner and rapport with Timothy, and desire the same with those who serve with me. This is a bonus devotional, and serves as an introduction to our study of Paul’s 1st epistle to Timothy.

We first met Timothy when he was a young believer, and was privileged to be a part of Paul’s missions’ team. He was, according to Acts 16:1, “the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek.” The implication was Timothy’s home was a spiritually divided home; his father apparently a Gentile unbeliever, and his mother a woman of Jewish lineage and a follower of Christ. 

In spite of what might have been the divisive nature of his household, Timothy’s mother and grandmother were women of faith and had a profound influence on him. Paul wrote, “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned [sincere] faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also” (1 Timothy 1:5)

Timothy’s passion for spiritual truth was inflamed from his childhood, and in his second letter to Timothy, Paul reminded the young pastor of his godly heritage. Paul wrote, “from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures [instructed in the Old Testament Scriptures], which are able to make thee wise [understanding] unto salvation through faith [assurance; belief] which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). Of course, Timothy became a devoted companion on Paul’s missionary journeys (Acts 16:3), a co-worker in the churches, and finally the pastor of the church in Ephesus (1 Timothy 1:3a).

1 Timothy 1


Paul mentored many; however, his relationship with Timothy was especially rewarding to the old apostle. Considering himself that young preacher’s spiritual father, his affection for Timothy is evidenced throughout the letter in both affirmations and admonitions (1 Timothy 1:2,18; 4:6-16; 6:11-13, 20-21).

Paul had commissioned Timothy, and charged him to continue ministering in Ephesus after he departed by ship for Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3a). Paul’s letters seem to indicate a certain timidity on Timothy’s part, and in his absence, the apostle was mindful to encourage Timothy to be bold in his ministry (1:3b), and give no tolerance to false teachers and their heresies (1 Timothy 1:4).

I conclude this introduction, taking liberty to close with Paul’s charge to Timothy.

1 Timothy 1:5 - “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” [sincere faith; without hypocrisy] * You can become a regular subscriber of the Heart of a Shepherd daily devotionals, and have them sent directly to your email address. Please enter your email address in the box to the right (if using a computer) or at the bottom (if using a cell phone).


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