1 Timothy 1:1-2
(1) From Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the command of God our Savior and of Jesus Christ our hope, (2) to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord bless you with grace, mercy, and peace!
Timothy’s Ministry in Ephesus
1 Timothy 1:3-7
(3) When I left Ephesus for the Roman province of Macedonia (during Paul’s fourth missionary journey, after he had been released from his first Roman imprisonment; see footnote following Acts 28:31), I told you to stay in Ephesus so that you could instruct certain people to stop spreading false teaching (4) or not to devote themselves to myths and endless lists of genealogies, because these things only promote controversial speculations rather than advancing the redemptive plan of God’s work—which is by faith.
(5) The goal of my instructions is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a genuine faith. (6) Some people in Ephesus have abandoned these things and have turned to empty and meaningless talk. (7) They want to be teachers of the law of Moses, but they do not understand what they are talking about or what they so confidently proclaim.
The Purpose of the Law of Moses
1 Timothy 1:8-11
(8) We know that the law of Moses is good if people use it in the right way. (9) We also know that God did not give the law for the righteous but for those who are lawbreakers and disobedient, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and ungodly, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, (10) for the sexually perverse, for practicing homosexuals, for slave traders, liars, and perjurers—and for everything else that is contrary to sound teaching (11) that conforms to the gospel message concerning the majestic glory of our blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
God’s Abundant Grace in Jesus Christ
1 Timothy 1:12-17
(12) I thank Jesus Christ our Lord—who gave me strength, considered me faithful, and called me into his ministry (service). (13) Even though I was once a blasphemer and a violent persecutor of God’s church, I received mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. (14) The Lord’s abundant grace was poured out on me, along with the faith and love that come from Jesus Christ.
(15) This saying is faithful and true, one that everyone should fully accept: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst of all. (16) But for this very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Jesus Christ could display his endless patience as an example for whoever believes in Jesus and receives his eternal life.
(17) Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only true God, be honor and majestic glory for ever and ever! Amen (let it be).
Fight the Good Fight
1 Timothy 1:18-20
(18) Timothy, my son, I gave you this ministry charge in Ephesus in keeping with the prophecies that were once spoken to you, so that by recalling them you can fight the good fight (19) by holding strong to the faith with a good conscience. Some people in Ephesus have rejected my teaching and have shipwrecked their faith; (20) among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan so that they will learn not to blaspheme God.