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November 28-29, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Timothy? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Timothy 1 (ESV)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

To Timothy, my true child in the faith:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions...Continue Reading

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  1. 1 Timothy 1:5 (ESV)
     The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
    Sound doctrine is motivated not by intellectual curiosity but for the following reasons:
    • Love
    • Good Conscience
    • Sincere Faith

    1 Timothy 1:8-11 (ESV)
    8  Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9  understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10  the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11  in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

    This reminds me of the current sermon series by Pastor Peter on Romans 7. Reading through this I note that the church has always had to deal with immoral behaviors.

  2. It is good to be back in the New Testament. Because it is so much shorter than the Old Testament and richer in its content, we will take a couple of days for each chapter. I encourage us to read each chapter twice to allow the various lessons in each encourage and confront us in the way God would intend. It is a chance to meditate on the word rather than just reading it….

    1. Hey Ken, I am not aware of any direct prophecies over Timothy mentioned in scripture, but we do see in the church at Antioch in Acts 13 prophets communicating God’s intent to have Paul and Barnabas sent off on their first missionary journey. So I can imagine as Timothy joined Paul on his second missionary journey, at some point prophets in some church prophesied over Timothy with regards to his future pastoral role.

    2. Hi Ken,
      Here is a cross reference I found to this:
      1 Timothy 4:14 (ESV)
       Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
      While we do not have the exact prophecy recorded in scripture, it sounds as if it arose when ‘council of elders laid their hands on you.’

  3. 15The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

  4. Wherever we have the work of God, the work of the kingdom of darkness is right there corrupting and seeking to destroy it. That was certainly what was happening in the church at Ephesus and putting down false teachers was one of the primary reasons for leaving Timothy there. In fact the danger of these false teachers is alluded to several times in the book. They are arrogant and preoccupied with secret knowledge that only created arguments and took people away from the truth. It makes us think about what the fruit is of the knowledges we are pursuing.

    And in the same way that Paul is grateful for the grace shown him, I am as well. May God’s power shine through my weakness, but may I also fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. It is our privilege to serve Him and to have His power operating through us…..

  5. 1 Timothy 1:15 (ESV)
     The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
    Matthew 9:13 (ESV)
     Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
    John 3:17 (ESV)
     For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

    Paul inserts this statement in the middle of teachings about doctrinal purity in the church at Ephesus. It is why Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to help nurture the church toward maturity and help protect against those who would come and seek to water down and/or outright corrupt the gospel message. It is this gospel message that transformed the ‘foremost’ sinner into a faithful servant.

    1 Timothy 1:16 (ESV)
     But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

    Notice that even though Christ came to save sinners, it is only those who believe that receive eternal life. A part of me wants to believe that God saves everyone, but this is not true and this passage is a good example. For instance, I had the great privilege to have known my great grandfather, Ambrose Lee. I loved spending weekends with him and visiting. I love him and thank God for him. But I don’t know that he was a believer. As much as I wish that I could see him in Heaven, I know the truth of scripture. In the end, I trust the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God to deal with my great grandfather justly even as he will with each of us.

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