Who was Timothy
This epistle was written to Timothy, whose father was a Greek and whose mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, were pious Jewesses. Timothy apparently was converted under the ministry of the Apostle Paul as Paul ministered at Lystra, Timothy’s hometown, during Paul’s first missionary journey, A.D. 45–48. When Paul, during his second missionary journey, A.D. 50–53, passed through Lystra, he, after hearing testimonies of Timothy’s rapid growth in the Lord, asked Timothy to join his missionary group, which Timothy did after Paul had circumcised him and together with the elders of the Lystran church, had ordained him to the ministry. From this time forward, Timothy was an almost-constant associate and travel companion of Paul. He advanced rapidly from being Paul’s valet to being Paul’s associate, to being Paul’s trouble shooter, to being Paul’s apostolic delegate, to being Paul’s successor (in the Roman province of Asia). He is the associate writer of six of Paul’s epistles and the addressee of two of them.
Timothy is frequently mentioned in the Scriptures until Paul’s death, A.D. 67, but after Paul’s death, the Scriptures make only one reference to him, Heb. 13:23.
Tradition informs us that Timothy was martyred at Ephesus and was buried on a hill overlooking Ephesus.