1st Timothy: “How to Be a Bishop” by Peter Kreeft

Timothy was a young convert via Paul’s preaching. He became the bishop of the important city of Ephesus while still young. Paul wrote this letter to him personally for encouragement and advice on how to administer this great responsibility.

Timothy was apparently having a difficult time dealing with these problems b/c he was young (4:12), sickly (5:23), and timid (2 Tim 1:7).

The qualifications for a bishop mentioned in this letter are not worldly administrative or organizational skills, but personal piety and spiritual strength (3:1-13).

1st Timothy 2:9-15 = the most hated passage in Scripture to feminists. Women are forbidden to have authority over men in Church.

1st Timothy 3:16 seems to be an early creed.

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