The Pillar and Foundation of the Truth is a study of the first of Paul’s so-called “Pastoral Epistles.” This letter instructs Timothy about how to set things in order in the churches in the city of Ephesus. His commands to Timothy are always timely—especially appropriate for the church in our current age.
Finally free from his Roman imprisonment, Paul set out to check on the churches that he had planted. He visited some and sent emissaries to others. His goal was to strengthen each of them in their faith and equip them for service.
It had been at least five years since Paul had warned the Ephesian elders with the chilling words: I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them (Acts 20:29–30). His words were coming true, so Paul sent Timothy, his dearest coworker, to set things in order in Ephesus. Soon after Timothy arrived, he received this letter from the aging apostle.