Stay in Ephesus! (1 Tim. 1:3)

“I urge you,

As I did

When I was on my way

To Macedonia,

To remain in Ephesus,

So that you may instruct

Certain people

Not to teach

Any different doctrine.”

Καθὼς παρεκάλεσά σε προσμεῖναι ἐν Ἐφέσῳ, πορευόμενος εἰς Μακεδονίαν, ἵνα παραγγείλῃς τισὶν μὴ ἑτεροδιδασκαλεῖν

Paul said, “I urge you (Καθὼς παρεκάλεσά σε), as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia (πορευόμενος εἰς Μακεδονίαν), to remain (προσμεῖναι) in Ephesus (ἐν Ἐφέσῳ), so that you may instruct certain people (ἵνα παραγγείλῃς τισὶν) not (μὴ) to teach any different doctrine (ἑτεροδιδασκαλεῖ).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἑτεροδιδασκαλεῖ, that means to teach other doctrine or teach different from the true or necessary teaching.  Paul urged Timothy to stay in Ephesus, where there was a Christian community that Paul had written a letter to, the Ephesians.  Paul had left Ephesus to got to Macedonia that was north of Greece.  Paul now wanted Timothy to instruct the people correctly about the Christian way.  Certain members of the Christian community or some Judaizers were preaching a different doctrine than what he and Timothy had first taught them in the early 50s.  Thus, this letter may have been written in the 60s.  This was not the first time that Paul ran into the problem of false teachings among the early Christians.  Do you think that there are false Christian teachers?

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