1 Timothy was one of the later biblical epistles that the Apostle Paul wrote.
Paul wrote while on a visit to a return visit to mission fields in Macedonia, probably in 63: A.D., at about the same time that he wrote the letter to Titus.
Timothy, the original receiver of the letter, was from Lystra in the Roman Province of Galatia. He was the son of a believing Jewish mother, Eunice, who taught him the Bible, and of a father who was a Greek.
Paul first met Timothy on his Second Missionary Journey, was impressed by his biblical faith, his good character, abilities and gift. Paul invited him to join the mission team.
Timothy had a very close spiritual relationship with Paul. At the time of the writing of 1 Timothy, he had worked as the apostle’s representative for twelve years. Timothy took on special assignments to serve the Church in places such as Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 3:1-2); Corinth (1 Corinthians 4:17); and Philippi (Philippians 2:20-22).
Paul had assigned Timothy to carry out special duties at the church in Ephesus. Paul wrote the letter of 1 Timothy to review the verbal instructions that Paul gave Timothy for this assignment.
The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write this letter for believers of all time. God’s Words in 1 Timothy continue to call on God’s people to combat false teaching, aggressively, to carry out the ministry of the Church carefully and to follow God’s Word faithfully.