Scripture: I Timothy 4

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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1 Timothy 4:1-15 (WEB) 1 But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron, forbidding marriage and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.  If you instruct the brothers of these things, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which you have followed. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come. This saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we have set our trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things.  12 Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. 13 Until I come, pay attention to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching. 14 Don’t neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elders. 15 Be diligent in these things. Give yourself wholly to them, that your progress may be revealed to all. 16 Pay attention to yourself and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Questions and Answers:

1. What does the Spirit expressly say (I Timothy 4:1)? The Spirit says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.

2. Through whom will false teachings come (I Timothy 4:2)? These teachings will come through hypocritical liars whose conscience have been seared.

3. What are two of the things about which they will speak (I Timothy 4:3)? They will speak about marriage and about eating certain foods.  

4. What is said about God’s creatures (I Timothy 4:4a)? Every creature of God is good and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving.

5. Why is this so (I Timothy 4:5)? Because it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.

6. What does Paul say about those who instruct other believers about these things (I Timothy 4:6)? Those who instruct other believers will be good servants of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which they have followed.

7. What were they to refuse (I Timothy 4:7a)? They were to refuse profane (godless myths) and old wives’ fables (tales).

8. What were they to exercise (train) themselves to be (I Timothy 4:7b)? They were to train themselves to be godly.

9. Why should they do this (I Timothy 4:8-9)? 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 saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance.

10. In whom did Paul say they had set their trust (I Timothy 4:10)? They had set their trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

11. What was Timothy told to do (I Timothy 4:11-16)? Timothy was told to command and teach.  He wasn’t to let anyone look down on him because of his youth.  He was to set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. And he was to devote himself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and teaching.   He wasn’t to neglect the gift given to him through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on him. He was to be diligent in these matters: giving himself wholly to them, so that everyone might see his progress.  He was to watch his life and doctrine closely.  He was to persevere in them, because if he did, he would save both himself and his hearers.

HEAR the WORD

I Timothy 4:14 (WEB) Don’t neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elders. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  My Bible notes: Timothy’s commission as a church leader was confirmed by prophecy (see I Timothy 1:18) and by the laying on of hand by the elders of the church.  He was not a self-appointed leader. … Our talents are improved by exercise, but failing to use them causes them to waste away from lack of practice and nourishment.  What gifts and abilities has God given you?

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

I Timothy 4:8 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.

I Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save yourself and your hearers.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We should use our God given gifts.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We should encourage others to use their God given gifts too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will receive with gratitude all You give us.  And I pray we will encourage others to receive with gratitude all You give them (I Timothy 4:4-5). Lord, I pray we will exercise our spiritual muscles (I Timothy 4:8).  Lord, I pray we will put our hope in You, the living God (I Timothy 4:10).  Lord, I pray we will be a good example to others (I Timothy 4:12). Lord, I pray we will use the gifts You’ve given us (I Timothy 4:14).  Lord, I pray we will watch our life and doctrine closely (I Timothy 4:16).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I watch closely what we believe and how we live.” <>< Dona