Paul has now thoroughly warned Timothy about the life of the false teachers, going so far as to specifically name two. Now, he turns his sights toward explaining proper Christian life (now that he knows what improper Christian life looks like).
Paul has charged Timothy to hold fast to love in contrast to the leaders who have lost themselves to vain speculation; coached him on the proper use of the Law; and has explained his own view of his ministry. Now, Paul brings this all to sharp focus with specific examples.
In the previous two weeks, Paul has explained the proper charge of the pastor, and the tools needed to be faithful to that charge and has explained the proper use of the Law, which the false teachers do not seem to be grasping. In the next couple of verses, Paul reflects on his own ministry and relationship with Jesus.
Last week, we saw how Paul taught Timothy the proper charge of the leader while describing the dangers of the false teachers rising in Ephesus. This week, Paul explains the proper use of the Law.
In this seminal post of a new series of I-II Timothy, Paul explains the aim of a good pastor in comparison to the useless teaching of those who stray from the Gospel.