The apostle Paul, writing from an unknown location, had left his co-worker Timothy in the city of Ephesus, the main city in the Roman Provence of Asia, with instruction to deal with the false teachers and the effects of their false doctrine. Although Paul was hoping to return to Ephesus, he knew that his journey could be delayed and so he sent this letter with further instruction as to how he should deal with the issues of false teaching. He also included information about the characteristics, values and gifts that are required by those who should be entrusted with leadership in the church.
The letter was written in the mid-60’s AD when Paul was on what many accept to be a fourth missionary journey, the details of which are not recorded as the Book of Acts had already been completed by this time. It seems likely that Paul visited Crete with Titus, Ephesus with Timothy and Macedonia at least during this time. According to 1 Clement 5.7, Paul also visited the west, which many believe to refer to Spain. Although it was Paul’s intention to travel to Spain, as indicated in his epistle to the Romans ‘So, when I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will set out by way of you to Spain‘ (Romans 15:28), there is no historical evidence to support claims that he went there.
This epistle, along with 2 Timothy and Titus, make up the Pastoral Epistles for they were written to individual men who had pastoral care of churches.
|Introduction||Watch||17 Apr 13|
|Chapter One||Watch||17 Apr 13|
|Chapter Two||Watch||20 Apr 13|
|Chapter Three||Watch||21 Apr 13|
|Chapter Four||Watch||24 Apr 13|
|Chapter Five||Watch||26 Apr 13|
|Chapter Six||Watch||29 Apr 13|
|Summary||Watch||28 Apr 13|