Paul wrote to Timothy in his first letter to warn against false teachers and to encourage him to stay the course and do what is right in the eyes of God. Paul was clear: “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of truth” (1 Timothy 3:14 ESV).
Paul went on to explain the mystery of godliness: “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory” (vs. 16).
Paul continues the letter by saying that some will depart from the faith but Timothy should not let that discourage him. He should command these things that are true to the gospel and should “practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress” (1 Tim. 4:15).