Scripture: I Timothy 1

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Warning Against False Teachers Of The Law

1 Timothy 1:1-20 (WEB) 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ according to the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ our hope; to Timothy, my true child in faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  As I urged you when I was going into Macedonia, stay at Ephesus that you might command certain men not to teach a different doctrine, and not to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God’s stewardship, which is in faith— but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith, from which things some, having missed the mark, have turned away to vain talking, desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor about what they strongly affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a person uses it lawfully, as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and for any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine, 11 according to the Good News of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.  12 I thank Him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because He counted me faithful, appointing me to service; 13 although I used to be a blasphemer, a persecutor, and insolent. However, I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might display all His patience for an example of those who were going to believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.  18 I commit this instruction to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which were given to you before, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience, which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who is our hope (I Timothy 1:1)? The Lord Jesus Christ is our hope.

2. From whom did grace, mercy and peace come to Timothy (I Timothy 1:2)? By way of Paul, Grace, mercy and peace came to Timothy from God the Father and Christ Jesus the Lord.

3. Why was Timothy urged to stay at Ephesus (I Timothy 1:3-4)? Timothy was urged to stay at Ephesus so that he might command certain men not to teach a different doctrine and not to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God’s stewardship.

4. What was the goal of what Paul said (I Timothy 1:5)? The goal of Paul’s command to Timothy was love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.

5. Having missed the mark, to what had some turned (I Timothy 1:6-7)? Some had turned to vain (meaningless) talking, desiring to be teachers of the law, though they didn’t know about what they were talking.

6. For whom is the law made (I Timothy 1:8-11)? The law isn’t made for the righteous person but for the unrighteous person.

7. What did Paul say about himself (I Timothy 1:12-13)? Paul said Christ Jesus had counted him faithful, appointing him to service although he had at one time been a blasphemer, a persecutor and insolent.  However, he obtained mercy, because he did it ignorantly in unbelief.

8. What did Paul say about Christ Jesus (I Timothy 1:14-15)? The grace of the Lord was poured out on Paul abundantly, along with the faith and love that were in Christ Jesus. And that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom he (Paul) was the worst.

9. According to Paul, why did Jesus Christ display all His patience upon him (I Timothy 1:16)?  Christ Jesus displayed His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.

10. What does Paul say about God (I Timothy 1:17)? Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.  AMEN.

11. What did Paul believe his instructions would encourage Timothy to achieve (I Timothy 1:18-19a)? Paul believed if Timothy followed the instructions given to him by Paul he could fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.

12. What had happened to those who rejected the instructions (I Timothy 1:19b-20)? Those who had rejected the instructions had shipwrecked their faith.  And Paul handed them over to satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

HEAR the WORD

I Timothy 1:18-20 (WEB) 18 I commit this instruction to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which were given to you before, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience, which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Concerning “prophecies” – Through prophecy important messages of warning and encouragement came to the church.

Concerning “holding (on to) faith and a good conscience” – Treasure your faith in Christ more than anything else and do what you know is right.  Each time you deliberately ignore your conscience, you are hardening your heart.  Over time your capacity to tell right from wrong will diminish.  Concerning being “delivered to satan” – the removing of someone from the fellowship of the church so they can see their error and repent.  The ultimate purpose of this punishment was correction.

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Timothy 1:15 … Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners …

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

As we walk with the Lord, He will speak to us through our conscience, letting us know the difference between right and wrong. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Be sure to act on those inner tugs on your conscience so that you do what is right and therefore become an example to others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (I Timothy 1:5).  Lord, I pray we will accept the sound doctrine that conforms to Your glorious gospel (I Timothy 1:10-11).  Lord, I pray we will service You faithfully.  I ask You to give us the strength to do so (I Timothy 1:12).  Lord, I ask You to pour out on us Your grace, faith and love (I Timothy 1:14).  Thank You for saving us (I Timothy 1:15).  Lord, I pray you will display You unlimited patience through us as an example for those who would believe on Your Son and receive eternal life (I Timothy 1:16). Lord, I pray we will fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience (I Timothy 1:18-19).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I hold firmly to our faith.” <>< Dona