Paul was a great Christian teacher. God sent him to many
countries to tell the people about Jesus Christ. Timothy was a young man who
had travelled with Paul on many of Paulís journeys. (See Acts 16:1-5.)
After Paul had taught in different places for many years, he
went to prison at Rome. Rome is the capital of the country that we call Italy.
The people who lived at Rome were called Romans. At that time, the Romans were
powerful and they ruled many other countries. Paul stayed at Rome for two years
(see Acts 28:30). We think that he stayed there at some time between AD 59 and
AD 63. That was about 30-34 years after Jesus died. After those two years, we
think that the Romans let Paul leave Rome. So, Paul started travelling. He
started teaching the Christian message again. And Timothy went with him to
Ephesus city. Ephesus was in the country that we call Turkey.
Paul made Timothy the leader of the Christians at Ephesus.
When Paul wrote this first letter to Timothy, Paul had left Ephesus. But he had
told Timothy to stay there. There was a dangerous problem among the Christians
at Ephesus because some people were teaching wrong things. Paul had already
told two men to leave the *church (the group of Christians) because they were
doing that. These wrong teachers had caused some of the Christians to obey the
wrong ideas that they taught. So, Paul wrote to tell Timothy that he must stop
those wrong teachers.
In this letter, Paul is teaching Timothy how to lead the
Christians at Ephesus. Paul also describes how all Christian leaders should
live. He says that they should be good examples to other people.