1 Timothy
General
B1 Author—Holy Spirit
B2 Writer—Apostle Paul
B3 Time and place—63-66 AD
B4 Main topic—Instructions for Timothy on being a pastor
Chapter 1
1 Timothy 1:1-2
Greetings
B1 Paul identifies himself as Apostle writing to Timothy.
C1 Note that Paul’s call and commission came from God the Father and God the Son.
C2 The Father ordered it, and the Son called and commissioned Paul. Acts 22:7-10 EMTV And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ 8 “So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 “And those who were with me observed the light and became terrified, but they did not hear the voice of the *One* speaking to me. 10 So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and it will be told you about all the things which it has been appointed for you to do.’
C3 Jesus Christ is our hope.
D1 Hope is confidence.
D2 Confidence in salvation, forgiveness of sins, heaven after death, fellowship with God, holy angels, and believers.
D3 We can die in peace and rest in suffering.
B2 Timothy is identified as my true son in the faith.
C1 Son/child carries the idea of a young convert.
C2 We preach. God convicts. The individual responds.
C3 True son refers to the confidence Paul has in Timothy’s conversion and calling.
C4 The faith refers to the faith that Jesus taught. Jesus taught the Gospel, a belief system (doctrine), and a lifestyle (worldview). His way is always best.
D1 His wisdom is superior.
D2 His decisions are perfect and fair.
D3 His motives are pure, in truth, and with love.
B3 Grace, mercy, and peace.
C1 Grace is receiving what we do not deserve.
C2 Mercy is a grace of God that we do not deserve.
C3 Peace is another grace that flows out of God’s mercy.
C4 Grace leads to mercy which results in peace.
B4 Paul had preached the Gospel to Timothy.
B4 Timothy had been prepared from birth by his grandmother and mother.
B5 We can learn that grandparents and parents can have a great influence in the spiritual life of a child by reading and teaching the Scriptures.
B6 We can learn, too, that by memorizing Scripture as a child will be used later by the Holy Spirit to open their mind and heart to the Gospel.
1 Timothy 1:3-11
Oppose false teachers
B1 There are always false teachers.
B2 We must always be aware there are false teachers. 2 Peter 2:1 NRSV But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions. They will even deny the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.
B3 Often false teachers appear to be the holiest people in the congregation.
C1 They have a fake holiness.
C2 They have a fake love.
C3 They have charisma in their presence, teaching, and leading.
C4 They have and love control over people.
C5 They can bully and shame people.
C6 They usually have secret lives.
C7 A few Bible examples
D1 2 Corinthians 11:3 CSB But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
D2 2 Timothy 2:16-18 CSB Avoid irreverent and empty speech, since those who engage in it will produce even more godlessness, 17 and their teaching will spread like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are among them. 18 They have departed from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and are ruining the faith of some.
D3 Revelation 2:20 NRSV But I have this against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and is teaching and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food sacrificed to idols.
B4 If we have studied, know, and believe the truth, we will spot them much more quickly.
C1 John 8:32 CSB “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
C2 It is part of God’s armor: Ephesians 6:14 CSB Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest.
C3 1 Thessalonians 5:21 CSB but test all things. Hold on to what is good.
B4 It is important and a responsibility of the pastor to know what other, people believe and are teaching, so to warn the brothers and sisters.
B5 False teachers will
C1 Teach something false. Sometimes it is very subtle, so we must clarify at times. They may even change the common definition to what they want it to mean.
C2 Teach things that are speculation to be an important doctrine/s.
C3 Teach the Law (Torah) without even understanding what it really means and/or how it applies to the Christian. Compare the controversy in Acts 15:1-35.
C4 Use every method of Bible interpretation except the plain, normal sense consistently.
B6 This false teaching influences the people leading to discussions, debates, disagreements, etc. so in effect diverting the people from what is important to what is not important.
B7 Paul teaches that the Law is useful for convicting a person of their sins by showing God’s holy standard of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Paul’s Testimony and Thankfulness
B1 Now, Paul rehearses his conversion. Paul considered himself to be blameless according to the Law’s standards (at least outwardly). See Philippians 3:6 NRSV as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
B2 Paul mentions some of his sins
C1 Blasphemer
C2 Persecutor
C3 Insolent
B3 Despite his sins, Paul thanks God for His great mercy in giving him understanding of the Gospel and the Gospel itself, which is of Jesus Christ.
C1 The Gospel is first the life and ministry of Jesus Christ including His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
C2 Secondly, it is the message that Jesus taught while on earth, which is primarily recorded by our 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
B4 Notice that the Gospel starts with mercy. Mercy is receiving what we do not deserve. It is the initiation of God to free our sin addicted nature. Once our will has been freed, then we can resist or not resist.
B5 After mercy, God shows grace, then faith and love. Not only does the faith and love of God affect us, but we also show faith and love towards God. Repentance leads to faith, faith leads to love, and love leads to obey the rules of the Lord Jesus.
B6 He feels that he is one of the worst of sinners and God’s love showed its greatness towards him.
B7 We notice the greatness of God’s patience. God deals with each person individually.
B8 Paul, then, praises God for
C1 Being King (King of the universe for sure)
C2 Being eternal, immortal, invisible, God who alone is wise
B8 This is the opposite of Romans 1:21 WEB Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.
C1 The sinner does not give God credit for all that God has done and is doing.
C2 The believer does, which Paul is our example.
B9 Because of all these things, God is worthy of the highest honors and praise.
1 Timothy 1:18- 20
Stand true
B1 Paul reminds Timothy of the prophecies given when he was ordained.
C1 Timothy had a good reputation: Acts 16:2 NIV The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
C2 The prophecies made by the prophets/prophetesses are a source of motivation for Timothy to persevere.
C3 Spiritual warfare to continue in the faith. The prophecies we have are motives to practice the faith and to witness.
B2 One of Timothy’s ministries is to wage warfare. This
C1 Is not physical as in using the sword.
C2 Is spiritual by thinking, living, preaching as a Christian
C3 There are two paths.
D1 One leads to life. One leads to destruction (not annihilation). Matthew 7:13-14 NIV Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
D2 One is based on God’s ways namely truth, wisdom, love, and holiness. This way does not lead to destruction.
D3 The other is based on any other way, namely truth or lies (depending on the circumstances), foolishness, selfishness, and disregard for God’s rules.
B3 Keeping faith is being faithful to what he has been taught by Paul and others.
C1 This is based on reading and studying the Bible in its plain, normal sense. Otherwise, it is one person’s opinion or another’s.
C2 We have been taught by Jesus and those who Jesus trained. These ways and teachings are already known. They have sometimes been written in a condensed form as a confession or creed.
B4 A blunted conscious is possible by ignoring or diminishing these teachings.
B5 Paul mentions 2 teachers who have sinned against God—Hymenaeus and Alexander. These 2
C1 Blasphemed God
D1 Taking His name in vain
D2 Lying about His character and His character traits
D3 Teaching lies, which are things not found in the teaching of Jesus Christ or His apostles.
C2 Disregarded the faith. They had THE faith but changed it into some other faith.
C3 Did not maintain a good conscience.
B6 Three things we all must do: fight spiritual warfare, hold tightly to the teaching of the New Testament, and keep a good conscience (the opposite of guilt).
C1 Truth
D1 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
D2 Adam Clarke writes: Reasonings or opinions. The Greek philosophers valued themselves especially on their ethic systems, in which their reasonings appeared to be very profound and conclusive; but they were obliged to assume principles which were either such as did not exist, or were false in themselves, as the whole of their mythologic system most evidently was: truly, from what remains of them we see that their metaphysics were generally bombast; and as to their philosophy, it was in general good for nothing.
C2 Life. How we live consistently with the rules of the New Testament (the rules of Jesus).
Applications
B1 Teach our children
B2 Remember what we are taught
B3 Be aware that there are false teachers. Some may not reveal themselves until after they have taught truth and have the trust of the congregation.
B4 We need to study the truth first then do apologetics.
B5 God will hold teachers responsible if they teach error.
B6 God wants people saved. So, we need to preach and live the Gospel.
B7 Be thankful for God’s love and mercy. We are not to take those things for granted.
B8 It is OK to name names.
Tags: Bible notes, 1 Timothy, Pastoral responsibilities
Posted by Choco in 2019 at 12:58
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