The great outstanding theme of the
two epistles to Timothy is "the truth
according to godliness."
There are three letters of Paul that we generally speak of as Pastoral Epistles: 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus They are so-called because they were written to servants of Christ who, in a very special sense, had the care of God's people in different places.
These two young men had been converted through the instrumentality of the apostle Paul and had gone out to preach the Word in association with him. From time to time he left one or the other to help in various newly formed churches in order that the young converts might be established in the truth. Both of these young men had shepherds' hearts and delighted to care for the sheep and lambs of Christ's flock. In these three letters Paul writes to them regarding certain things which, as pastors, or shepherds of the flock, they needed to keep in mind. Of course, these letters are not only for those who have special gifts along these lines, but they also contain instruction for all God's people.