Paul wrote out of personal concern for Timothy and the church's well-being; hoping to return to Ephesus soon, he foresaw the possibility of delay and knew that the church in its predicament could not afford to wait for his teaching. These instructions refers to the whole letter, though 2:1—3:13 is uppermost in mind. And Paul's purpose for writing was to explain Christian conduct (conduct . . . in God's household).
The term "Christian conduct" may bring to mind different thoughts in different people. Paul's term is holistic, describing a manner of life in all of its aspects from personal to interpersonal, and relationships are very much in view. We might look to the preceding section and the rest of the epistle to fill out Paul's meaning of "conduct."
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