First Epistle of Paul to Timothy
The First Epistle of Paul to Timothy, usually referred to as First Timothy and often written 1 Timothy, is one of three letters in the New Testament of the Bible often grouped together as the Pastoral Epistles. The others are Second Timothy and Titus. Traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul, the letter consists mainly of counsels to his colleague and delegate Timothy concerning his ministry in Ephesus. These counsels include instructions on the forms of worship and organization of the Church, the responsibilities resting on its several members, including overseers or bishops and deacons, and of exhortation to faithfulness in maintaining the truth amid surrounding errors presented as a prophecy of erring teachers to come.