1 & 2 Timothyby Robert M. Solomon
Paul’s two letters to Timothy were written near the end of his life, in AD 64 and AD 66/67. Both were deeply personal and dealt with pastoral issues. Timothy was by nature timid and, as one of Paul’s successors, needed encouragement and strengthening. Paul urged him to remember his calling, keep faithful to Christ, and stay confident about the gospel. Timothy had to deal with false teachers in the church. He needed instructions on what and how to teach believers, and how to order life and ministry in the church in such a way that their conduct would convince the world of the gospel’s truth and power to transform people. In order to fulfil his pastoral responsibilities, Timothy was urged to keep watch over his life and doctrine in the way Paul had demonstrated.
The Structure of 1 Timothy
The Structure of 2 Timothy
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. —1 Timothy 4:16