The First Letter of Paul to Timothy

The First Letter of Paul to Timothy

A NT letter and one of the three “Pastoral Letters” purported to have been written by the apostle Paul to his associates in Christian mission. Many scholars think the letter was written by Paul’s followers after his death to express what they were confident he would say to ministers facing new circumstances. The letter seeks to combat the spread of false doctrines through the institution of capable and responsible leaders.

Outline of Contents

1 Timothy

I. Introduction (1Tim 1:1-20)

A. Prescript (1Tim 1:1–2)

B. Purpose of Timothy’s present ministry in Ephesus: to combat heretical teaching (1Tim 1:3-11)

C. Thanksgiving for God’s mercy to Paul; an example (1Tim 1:12-17)

D. Timothy to maintain a good conscience, something rejected by others (1Tim 1:18-20)

II. Charge to Timothy (1Tim 2:1-6:19)

A. Prayers for all, especially rulers (1Tim 2:1-7)

B. Man’s worship and woman’s (relating to her praiseworthy public image) (1Tim 2:8-15)

C. Qualifications for office of bishop (1Tim 3:1-7)

D. Qualifications for deacons (and deaconesses?) (1Tim 3:8-13)

E. Word to Timothy concerning church (1Tim 3:14-16)

F. Asceticism of heretics to be counteracted by Timothy’s instruction, example, and care of special persons (1Tim 4:1-5:2)

G. Procedures for enrolling widows; how to deal with too many (1Tim 5:3-16)

H. Maintaining integrity of office of elder (1Tim 5:17-25)

I. Behavior of Christian slaves (1Tim 6:1-2)

J. Deplorable conduct of heretics; special warning against avarice (1Tim 6:3-10)

K. Exhortations to Timothy (1Tim 6:11-16 see also 1Tim 5:21-25)

L. Word to the wealthy (1Tim 6:17-19)

III. Conclusion: final warning against teachers of “false knowledge” (1Tim 6:20-21)

1Tim 1:1-20

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,2To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith:
Grace, merc ... View more

1Tim 1:3-11

Warning against False Teachers
3I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teac ... View more

1Tim 1:12-17

Gratitude for Mercy
12I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service,13even thou ... View more

1Tim 1:18-20

18I am giving you these instructions, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may fight the g ... View more

1Tim 2:1-6:19

Instructions concerning Prayer
1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,2for kings and all ... View more

1Tim 2:1-7

Instructions concerning Prayer
1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,2for kings and all ... View more

1Tim 2:8-15

8I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument;9also that the women should dress themselves modestly ... View more

1Tim 3:1-7

Qualifications of Bishops
1The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.2Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only o ... View more

1Tim 3:8-13

Qualifications of Deacons
8Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money;9they must hold fast to the my ... View more

1Tim 3:14-16

The Mystery of Our Religion
14I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that,15if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to be ... View more

1Tim 4:1-5:2

False Asceticism
1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demon ... View more

1Tim 5:3-16

3Honor widows who are really widows.4If a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some re ... View more

1Tim 5:17-25

17Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching;18for the scripture says, “You shall n ... View more

1Tim 6:1-2

1Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed.2Those wh ... View more

1Tim 6:3-10

3Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness,4is conceited, ... View more

1Tim 6:11-16

The Good Fight of Faith
11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.12Fight the good fight ... View more

1Tim 5:21-25

21In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, I warn you to keep these instructions without prejudice, doing nothing on the basis of par ... View more

1Tim 6:17-19

17As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly ... View more

1Tim 6:20-21

Personal Instructions and Benediction
20Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called kn ... View more

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