1 Timothy Epistle Essay Research Paper

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1 Timothy Epistle Essay, Research Paper "Charge to the Timid Timothy" The author of this letter is Paul, as stated in the salutation (1:1). The evidence in the writing also supports the belief Paul as the author; especially in the way he greets the receiver in his letters, and the close relationship between Paul and Timothy. One of the supporting sources in the church history is found in Theophilus of Antioch, which dates back to 180 A.D. which confirms Paul is the author. The letter was written to Timothy, Paul’s "true son in faith" (1:2,18). We first learn about Timothy in (Ac 16:1-3), where we find out that his mother was Jewish and his father was Greek. In 1 Timothy Paul desired that the disciple travel with him and therefore Paul circumcised him to

fit in with the Jews they were going to preach to. This began a long relationship together where they worked with the Lord, where Timothy treated Paul as he would his father (Ph 2:19-24). This treatment would mean traveling with Paul, and remaining with the new congregations when Paul would have to leave suddenly (Ac 17:13-14). Timothy would also to go back to encourage the congregations (1 Th 3:1-3). Timothy also had the honor to sit with Paul as he wrote several epistles, and from these epistles we learn that Timothy had been with Paul during his imprisonment in Rome. Because of his faithfulness in his service helps us learn why Paul would leave him in Ephesus (1:3). Many people believe that Paul may have written 1 Timothy after his long stay at Ephesus and departure for

Macedonia on his third missionary journey (Ac 19:1-41). This would make 1 Timothy written around 53-67 (The NIV Study Bible, 1835). Most of the people thought that Paul wrote this epistle from Macedonia, following his first imprisonment in Rome (Ac 28:16). Paul was released and allowed to travel for several years before being finally arrested again and finally put to death by Nero. If 1st Timothy were indeed written during this period, the date would be around 63-64 AD The purpose of this epistle was for Timothy to stay behind in Ephesus with a great responsibility: he was there to protect the community from false teachers and spread the correct word to the town. It was hard to keep this responsibility because of his youth and he was naturally shy and timid (4:11-12). This letter

is addressed to Timothy full of responsibility of working with a congregation and guiding them in the right way. Everything that was written was to help to direct the congregation in doctrine and in conduct. In the first chapter Paul begins by urging his "true son in the faith" to remain in Ephesus and tell the people not to teach false doctrines, or to believe in them, because they mess with your belief in the faith. The goal of this chapter is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith, from which some of the people of Ephesis have strayed from because of the false teachers of the law. While the law is good when used properly, it is not designed for the righteous person, but for those whose actions are bad according to the doctrine, which is

according to the gospel, committed to Paul’s trust (1:1-11). Paul speaks of thanksgiving and praise to Christ for counting on him faithful and letting him be part of spreading the word of God. He is even more thankful when he remembers that he used to be against the word until he found God, and God even forgave him for persecuting the believers. Paul knew that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and Paul was a great sinner. Paul shows an example of Jesus? longsuffering life to those who believe in him and everlasting life (1:12-17). Paul then charges Timothy to carry out his responsibility in keeping with stories that Paul preached concerning Jesus. The charge is to having faith and a good conscience. In chapter two Paul is once again encouraged to stay in Ephesus and