Showing posts with label 1 Timothy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1 Timothy. Show all posts

Thursday, April 17, 2014

1 Timothy 6

Slaves should honor their masters, especially if the masters are Christian. Paul instructs Timothy to withdraw himself from people who misuse God’s word. Such individuals infect the air with germs of envy, controversy, bad-mouthing, and suspicious rumors. Eventually there is an epidemic of backstabbing, and truth is but a distant memory. They think religion is a way to make a fast buck. On the other hand, godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:7-8 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 
The love of money is the root of all evil. Those on a pursuit to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and finally get destroyed.

Paul advises Timothy to flee from all those and instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:11-12 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
The rich should not be arrogant, nor put their hope in wealth - instead put their hope in God. They should be told to do good deeds and be generous.

Once again, Paul charges Timothy to stay faithful, turning away from those false teachings which lead people away from true faith. Paul closes his letter with a prayer that God's grace be with him.

1 Timothy 5

Paul instructs Timothy on how to deal with groups within the Church. He knows false teaching eventually damages relationships within the church. He calls for respect for all ages - both young and old. He then addresses the topic of widows.

Those widows who have supporting families should be cared by their families. Those godly women over sixty years of age should be cared by the church. Family members who neglect the care of widows in their families are worse than unbelievers.

Paul counsels younger widows to remarry and stay focused on family responsibilities.Such younger widows are in danger of becoming gossips and busybodies, and turning to Satan.

Elders who labor in the word and doctrine are to be honored. Do not receive an accusation against an elder unless there are two or three witnesses. Publicly rebuke those who sin. Do not be prejudiced or show partiality. Do not lay hands on anyone hastily.

Timothy should keep himself pure, but this does not prohibit him from taking a little wine instead of only water - for the health of his stomach.

Some sins are evident, and some more hidden – it is the same with good works. 

1 Timothy 4

Satan is the ultimate source of false teaching. Such teachings are promoted by those who are dead to conscience. With the claim to be super-Christians, such hypocritical liars forbid marriages and lay down rigid dietary rules - things which God designed for our good. All God's gifts are to be received with thanksgiving.

Timothy's role is to point out these things to the followers. He should train himself to be godly and have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales.

Trustworthy Sayings #3:
1 Timothy 4:8-9 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 
Timothy is instructed to teach these things. He is told not to neglect the gift that is in him, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands by elders.

1 Timothy 3

Paul narrates to Timothy those qualifications for church leaders and deacons. If a man desires the position of a bishop/pastor/priest or church leader, he desires a good work. Such leaders must be virtuous, in authority in his house, and experienced.

Trustworthy Sayings #2:
1 Timothy 3:1-5 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?). 
The same goes for deacons. Women are to be worthy of respect. A deacon should be faithful to his wife and manage his children and household well.

Paul is writing these to Timothy so that he knows how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Great is the mystery of godliness.

1 Timothy 2

Paul now speaks about the importance of prayer in worship. Petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving should be for all men, including those in authority. God desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of truth.
1 Timothy 2:3-5 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 
Paul instructs men to pray without anger or arguing and women to dress appropriately. Women should dress themselves with good deeds.
1 Timothy 2:8-10 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
Women should be submissive and silent, not be teachers, or assume authority over men. Adam was not deceived, but Eve was, and fell into transgression. Women will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love and holiness.

1 Timothy 1

Paul writes as an apostle of Jesus Christ, to Timothy, his "true son in faith" by the commandment of God our savior. He wishes grace, peace and mercy to Timothy.

Paul commands Timothy to stay in Ephesus, ensuring that no rival doctrine is taught by certain people, nor fables and genealogies heeded to. To be a teacher of the law, love is the key.
1 Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Certain people who claim to be experts in law fail to understand the proper approach. Law is good and is not designed for the righteous; it is for the unrighteous.
1 Timothy 1:9-11 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers - and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
Paul is thankful to Christ because Christ has empowered Paul’s ministry, forgiving him for the sins he committed in unbelief. Paul speaks of five trustworthy sayings in his letters.

Trustworthy Sayings # 1:
1 Timothy 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. 
Paul encourages and charges Timothy to war the good warfare, with faith and a good conscience.