Paul and Timothy
He impressed his own personality and his type of teaching on his followers as Timothy seems to have been converted on Paul's first visit, for on his second he. When and where did Apostle Paul meet Timothy? QUESTION: Were Timothy and Apostle Paul good friends or was their relationship based only on I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and. The relationship between Paul and Timothy in the New Testament offers a model for mentoring and ministry. Paul referred to Timothy as his.
Timothy seems to have been converted on Paul's first visit, for on his second he was already a disciple well reported of, and Paul more than once calls him his 'son in the faith.
We hear of him as with the Apostle on his first visit to Philippi, and to have gone with him to Thessalonica and Beroea, but then to have been parted until Corinth.
Thence Paul went quickly up to Jerusalem and back to Antioch, from which he set out again to visit the churches, and made a special stay in Ephesus. While there he planned a visit to Macedonia and Achaia, in preparation for one to Jerusalem, and finally to Rome. So he sent Timothy and Erastus on ahead to Macedonia, which would of course include Philippi. After that visit to Macedonia and Greece Paul returned to Philippi, from which he sailed with Timothy in his company.
He was probably with him all the way to Rome, and we find him mentioned as sharer in the imprisonment both here and in Colossians. The references made to him point to a very sweet, good, pure and gracious character without much strength, needing to be stayed and stiffened by the stronger character, but full of sympathy, unselfish disregard of self, and consecrated love to Christ.
He had been surrounded with a hallowed atmosphere from his youth, and 'from a child had known the holy Scriptures,' and 'prophecies' like fluttering doves had gone before on him.
He had 'often infirmities' and 'tears. This favourite companion he will now send to his favourite church. The verses of our text express that intention, and give us a glimpse into the Apostle's thoughts and feelings in his imprisonment.
The prisoner's longing and hope. The first point which strikes us in this self-revelation of Paul's is his conscious uncertainty as to his future.
In the previous chapter ver. In the verses immediately preceding our text he faces the possibility of death. Here he recognises the uncertainty but still 'trusts' that he will be liberated, but yet he does not know 'how it may go with' him.Relationship of the Apostle Paul and Timothy
We think of him in his lodging sometimes hoping and sometimes doubting. He had a tyrant's caprice to depend on, and knew how a moment's whim might end all. Surely his way of bearing that suspense was very noteworthy and noble. It is difficult to keep a calm heart, and still more difficult to keep on steadily at work, when any moment might bring the victor's axe. Suspense almost enforces idleness, but Paul crowded these moments of his prison time with letters, and Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon are the fruits for which we are indebted to a period which would have been to many men a reason for throwing aside all work.
How calmly too he speaks of the uncertain issue! Surely never was the possibility of death more quietly spoken of than in 'so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. There is no attitudinising here, all is perfectly simple and natural.
Paul, Timothy and their Relationship | David Pafford
Can we look, do we habitually look, into the uncertain future with such a temper -- accepting all that may be in its grey mists, and feeling that our task is to fill the present with strenuous loving service, leaving tomorrow with all its alternatives, even that tremendous one of life and death, to Him who will shape it to a perfect end?
We note, further, the purpose of Paul's love. It is beautiful to see how he yearns over these Philippians and feels that his joy will be increased when he hears from them. He is sure, as he believes, to hear good, and news which will be a comfort. Among the souls whom he bore on his heart were many in the Macedonian city, and a word from them would be like 'cold water to a thirsty soul. Is there not a lesson here for all Christian workers, for all teachers, preachers, parents, that no good is to be done without loving sympathy?
Unless our hearts go out to people we shall never reach their hearts.
We may talk to them for ever, but unless we have this loving sympathy we might as well be silent. It is possible to pelt people with the Gospel, and to produce the effect of flinging stones at them. Much Christian work comes to nothing mainly for that reason. And how deep a love does he show in his depriving himself of Timothy for their sakes, and in his reason for sending him! Those reasons would have been for most of us the strongest reason for keeping him.
It is not everybody who will denude himself of the help of one who serves him 'as a child serveth a father,' and will part with the only like-minded friend he has, because his loving eye will clearly see the state of others. Paul's expression of his purpose to send Timothy is very much more than a piece of emotional piety. He 'hopes in the Lord' to accomplish his design, and that hope so rooted and conditioned is but one instance of the all-comprehending law of his life, that, to him, to 'live is Christ.
Our hopes should be derived from union with Him. They should not be the play of our own fancy or imagination. They should be held in submission to him, and ever with the limitation, 'Not as I will, but as Thou wilt. If thus we hope, our hopes may lead us nearer to Jesus instead of tempting us away from Him by delusive brightnesses. There is a religious use of hope not only when it is directed to heavenly certainties, and 'enters within the veil,' but even when occupied about earthly things.
Spenser twice paints for us the figure of Hope, one has always something of dread in her blue eyes, the other, and the other only, leans on the anchor, and 'maketh not ashamed'; and her name is 'Hope in the Lord. The prisoner solitary among self-seeking men.
With wonderful self-surrender the Apostle thinks of his lack of like-minded companions as being a reason for depriving himself of the only like-minded one who was left with him. He felt that Timothy's sympathetic soul would truly care for the Philippians' condition, and would minister to it lovingly.
He could rely that Timothy would have no selfish by-ends to serve, but would seek the things of Jesus Christ. We know too little of the circumstances of Paul's imprisonment to know how he came to be thus lonely. In the other Epistles of the Captivity we have mention of a considerable group of friends, many of whom would certainly have been included in a list of the 'like-minded. What had become of them all we do not know. They were evidently away on Christian service, somewhere or other, or some of them perhaps had not yet arrived.
At all events for some reason Paul was for the time left alone but for Timothy. Not that there were no Christian men in Rome, but of those who could have been sent on such an errand there were none in whom love to Christ and care for His cause and flock were strong enough to mark them as fit for it. So then we have to take account of Paul's loneliness in addition to his other sorrows, and we may well mark how calmly and uncomplainingly he bears it. We are perpetually hearing complaints of isolation and the difficulty of finding sympathy, or 'people who understand me.
And many of these complaining spirits might take a lesson from the lonely Apostle. Timothy would do alright. Because Paul knew his heart. He knew how he had been trained on the job. He knew how Timothy had seen God work on behalf of the team—over and over. He saw himself along the road leading to Derbe. And the past events, the selection of Timothy, his trainin—they all flashed before his eyes.
Paul had had much time to think over his split with Barnabas. He and Silas had decided to return and follow-up on the converts in Asia minor. He wondered how Barnabas and Mark were doing in Cyrus.
Were Paul and Timothy good friends?
Paul knew that personality conflicts and disagreements were an on-going thing with Jewish people. But somehow he did not feel right about the whole Barnabas and Mark thing. After all Barnabas had been the sponsor who promoted him in Antioch and then stood up and defended his work at the Jerusalem council. He dearly loved Silas and was glad for the opportuhnity to minister with him. But he wished that his dispute with Barnabas had not been so fianl. After an overnight stay the next morning they went on Lystra.
Paul, Timothy and their Relationship
As he neared Lystra Paul remembered how just a few short years ago he and Barnabas had in desperation fled from Iconium—just in front of a mob bent on stoning them. But still a number of Jews had forced them out. It was on that journey, that race away from persecution that had led them to Derbe and Lystra just a few short years ago.
And as was often the case after a frightening experience God had affirmed them. It was at Lystra that Paul had seen God accomplish an amazing healing. Paul remembered it as if it were only yesterday.
The man was crippled and sat listening to Paul as he explained the Way and talked about the person Jesus. Paul as he looked at the man suddenly knew within that this man could be healed—there was healing faith there. This many, in a moment of time, leaped to his feet.
All who knew him were instantly amazed. Paul had immediately stopped that. A good ministry then followed. Paul and Silas left for Derbe to escape the persecution. However, Paul thought back to the fruit in that town. During their stay Paul was impressed with a number of Jewish people who both demonstrated faith in the living God but also knew their Old Testament Scriptures.
He wondered why it was so often the case that women were the more spiritual. And women responded to the Gospel as well, frequently sooner than Jewish men. Eunice and Lois were just such women. These Lystran women knew the Scritpures very well.
They had opted to become followers of the Way. Paul was looking forward to seeing Eunice and Lois and others who had responded to the Gospel.