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

1 Timothy 4 (ESV)

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.....Continue Reading

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  1. d. 7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come

  2. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (ESV)
    1  Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2  through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3  who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4  For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5  for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

    At first, this reminded me of monastic aestheticism but then as I began to think about it, we deny ourselves certain things for the sake of moral purity. For instance, we deny ourselves things that lead to sexual immorality.

    Certainly, Paul is not arguing that all things are good and acceptable before God. But the context is relative to the argument regarding marriage and laws surrounding food. These issues Paul deals with in detail. He does not go into details here because Timothy has been with him through many years and is well acquainted with these teachings in Romans 14; 1 Cor. 7:25-35; 8:1-10:33; Col. 2:16-23

    What I find interesting here is that Paul associates this ‘fake doctrine’ of his day with ‘deceitful spirits and teachings of demons’. These were not merely people who are misunderstanding doctrine, like Apollos, but these seek out deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, they deliberately lie and corrupt what God has called good. They call good ‘evil’ and evil ‘good’.
    From the way Paul talks here, this is not those outside of the church but those who profess to be believers.

  3. Ah the danger of false teaching has always been present in the church, and as Paul was leaving Ephesus in the book of Acts, he warned them about the wolves who would come in to deceive and use the flock there. Well it is clear it has happened and a primary reason Paul left Timothy there in Ephesus was to lead, teach and confront the false teachers. Paul calls them out here and describes the some of the things they teach. Timothy is to point them out and provide clear teaching that would free the congregation from the hold the false teachers had on them. But Timothy is not to just teach but guild up His own life in God. Yes, physical training has some value, but godliness is even better. Important words for our culture that cares more about the state of their bodies than they do about the state of their souls.

    And once again the openness of God’s salvation is spoken of here. God is the Savior of all men. That is how far His salvation goes in what He is offering. He also saves people in ways other than eternal salvation. But it is to those who believe who receive the fullness of God’s salvation, for this life and the life to come. He still deserves the title for all men because the offer of salvation goes out all, but it is only those who believe that will actually be saved. It is also likely that the false teachers were saying only certain people could be saved and this principle here declares the truth of the nature of God’s salvation.

    As Paul left Timothy to teach and lead this congregation, Timothy had some insecurities in carrying out the tasks. He was younger than the typical teacher and the society in the first century honored the wisdom that comes from age. Something we are moving away from in our day. But not only does Paul tell Timothy not to let people look down on him because of his youth, he gives him things to do that will cause people to forget that he is young. If his life is in tune with God and he is loving and pure the way he should be and how the false teachers were not, all of a sudden people wouldn’t care how young he is. The proof is in the pudding and the best defense is a good offense. May we look more at the heart of people and the testimony of their lives more than focusing on attributes that are physical in nature….

  4. Exhortations – train, set an example, pursue, teach, …. make a priority in our lives to ..

    Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

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