Timothy is warned of problems to come and encouraged to hold to the faith.
1. What does Paul urge Timothy to stay in Ephesus and do?
v 3 and 4 ... that you might command certain men not to teach a different doctrine, and not to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, ...
2. Why did Paul receive mercy although he had been a blasphemer?
v 13 although I used to be a blasphemer, a persecutor, and insolent. However, I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
3. What does Paul say is a faithful saying and to be accepted?
v 15 The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
- v 1 to 3 Paul writes to Timothy, his young helper
- v 4 to 7 Paul urges Timothy to stay at Ephesus and deal with those who are teaching false doctrine instead of helping the believers
- v 8 to 11 The law is not for those who do right, but for those who need to change in response to the Good News taught by Paul
- v 12 to 16 Paul confesses that he was the worst of sinners. However he is thankful for salvation through Jesus Christ
- v 17 to 20 Paul insructs Timothy to remain faithful and contrasts him with those who haven't kept their faith