1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy

THERE IS A TRUST
1 Timothy 6:20 KJV
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

  1. Paul knew that the ministry was going to get more difficultas time when on and that it would become increasingly important to focus on the faith once delivered.
    1. We are to avoid, which means to deflect, to turnor twistout
  2. profane and vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called.

THERE IS A TRUTH
1 Timothy 6:20 KJV
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

  1. I have discovered that too much of what science professes to know is not knowledge at all but theory.

They begin all of their studies on the premise that the God of the Bible does not existand try to find answers to their questions that do not include that God.

They propose theories and study one another’s theories

2. If there is a scientific fact that the Bible apparently contradicts,

I would suggest that the problem is with their understanding of the Bible and not with the truths that exist either in science or the Bible.

THERE IS A TASK
1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith….

  1. We, who are the children of the Living God, have been given a wonderful treasure in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. To do so would be to err concerning the faith.

The truth is so important that we must not allow ourselves to be turned from that which is committed to our trust.

We must keep and guard it at all costs.

1 Timothy 4:13 Things We Would All Do Well To Do

1 Timothy 4:13 (KJV)
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

The one speaking of coming is Paul. The one he writes to is the pastor, Timothy. The application I have must be taken with those things in mind. Nevertheless there is an exhortation that is far reaching.

I am reminded that we await the promised coming of Jesus Christ
We do not know how long we will wait. We only know that we have this promise and that we must occupy until He comes.

I also remember that, though Timothy is a pastor, he is also a believer
The preacher has a role to fill but he does so within the framework of his own faith. He, like those in his church, is first a believer.

Until Jesus comes we would all do well to give attendance to reading, exhortation and doctrine.

 

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1 Timothy 6:13 Blessing What You Have

1 Timothy 6:13 (KJV)
I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

I love this phrase, “quickeneth all things.”

Quicken means to make alive. The assumption then is that He gives life to all who have life. I think we might expand upon that to say He gives all things their purpose. He energizes, empowers and enables us to use all that He gives us well.

It might have to do with God blessing or sanctifying:

  • A building
  • A pulpit

 

  • For the craftsman, his tools
  • For a driver, his vehicle
  • For an author, his book
  • For a hymnist, his music

We often dedicate things and ask God to use them for His glory. In the battle for souls God may “quicken” whatever is in our hand to bring others to a saving knowledge of Christ.

 

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1 Timothy 6:13 Blessing What You Have

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1 Timothy 2:1-3 First, Last and Best

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

As I read this I cannot help but return to 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith

Paul says in1 Timothy, “First of all …pray” and in 2 Thessalonians, “Finally…pray.”

  • Prayer is the first thing
  • Prayer is the last thing and
  • Prayer is the best thing

any Christian may engage in.

Oh, there are many other things that Christians should do. But I am afraid that we have made those things the priorities at the neglect of real, fervent, effectual prayer.

 

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1 Timothy 2:1-3 First, Last and Best

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1 Timothy 1:1-2 Don’t Change in Change

1 Timothy 1:1-2 (KJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

As I read this today I was reminded of another greeting Paul wrote, 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

In other letters, and at other times in his life, Timothy was included in the letter as being with Paul. Now, Paul is writing a letter to Timothy.

I wonder if, as Paul wrote these words, he reflected back to those earlier days? I wonder, as Timothy read this letter, if he pictured Paul in his mind writing it?

Things change. Time move on and life happens to us. I do not know that Paul knew, when he told Timothy to abide in Ephesus, that it would fall out as it did. I imagine years had passed since they parted company. Paul had been kept in Caesarea for two years. It had been at least that long, probably many more. Still Timothy abode where Paul had placed him and Paul, though by this time a prisoner, still actively served God in writing.

Times change. Circumstances change. Our service to God and our doctrine and practice must not.

 

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1 Timothy 6:3-5 I Believe the Bible

1 Timothy 6:3-5 (KJV)
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

To listen to the:

  • Armchair philosophers,
  • Evolutionary scientists, and
  • World historians

one would get the idea that all that is academic and educated resides on the side of the atheist or at least the agnostics. Certainly, the very fact that one is a Christian proves, in their mind, a lack of rational thought.

This view is in error as there are hundreds of academics in the fields of philosophy, science and history, both past and present, who are and were also fervent Christians.

As a Christian I rest on the one irrefutable document, the Bible. This book turns the whole argument upside down and insists that those who teach contrary to it; and who reject it, who are the ones lacking.

  • They are proud
  • They know nothing
  • They are perverse
  • Their minds are corrupt
  • They are destitute of the truth

I believe the Bible and not an obviously flawed system of human academics.

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1 Timothy 5:4 Keep Family Close

1 Timothy 5:4 (KJV)
But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

Several different study tools told me that the word nephew has changed in meaning. The consensus is that it’s meaning is extended family. This would include not only what we think of as nephews but most probably grandchildren.

My children have taken great responsibility in helping to care for their grandparents when they can. They have helped repair their homes and care for their things. They were intimately involved in the final days of their grandfather and with the services of his funeral.

This kind of care for extended family implies and necessitates a closeness and connectedness that is sorely missing in American culture. We have allowed the family to disintegrate, and with it, the faith of our fathers.

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1 Timothy 4:2 The Hot Iron

1 Timothy 4:2 (KJV)
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

What a remarkable way to describe a seared conscience. This is certainly not something that happens naturally.

A hot iron might seat accidentally
As in a child touching a hot stove before they have learned what hot is. Some have no clue of the dangers this world’s anti-god philosophies possess. People who refuse the warnings of the Word of God and choose to enter into the world to the exclusion of:

  • Church,
  • Preaching and
  • Fellowship with godly believers

vex their soul as Lot did.

A hot iron may sear intentionally
Such as a branding iron, which, once applied, may never be undone. This intentional branding is the purpose of the public education system. It exists to indoctrinate and has become increasingly effective in its work. The mark of the public school is evidenced among other things by the lack of regard for morals among the youth, and the skepticism in biblical truths such as Creation.

No one is born seared with a hot iron.
The iron exists in this world. It has to be applied. Our task is to rescue souls from it before they come in contact with it.

 

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1 Timothy 3:16 A Rational Look At Faith

1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

I want to focus my thoughts on the word “mystery.”

There are, of course, elements of faith that are mysterious. They are beyond us:

  • That God became man and dwelt among us.
  • That He died so our sins could be forgiven.
  • That He rose again and forever lives in glory

These are without a doubt bigger than us, more than we can fathom.

But this does not mean that believing them is irrational. We have, within the pages of the Bible:

  • A proposition concerning God
  • Thousands of years of experimentation in faith, and then
  • The proof of that proposition in the person of Christ
  • His life, death and resurrection are historical facts.

There is more than enough documentation to substantiate the truth of the gospel. And there are thousands of years of further experimentation in faith afterwards to demonstrate that faith is rational and sensible.

Contrast this with evolutionary theory.

  • There is a document written not even hundreds of years ago.
  • Nothing in the document has been proven though men have dedicated their lives and resources to do so.
  • There are no witnesses,
  • There is as great or greater disagreement among its followers as there is with Christ
  • No experiment or experience has ever demonstrated it to be true
  • It, in fact, is contrary to all that is observed and known

To accept it as truth requires a leap of faith that is mysterious indeed.

 

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1 Timothy 2:1-6 Pray For All Men

1 Timothy 2:1-6 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Every system of biblical interpretation has certain portions of the Bible that are “problems texts” for their theology. It’s because we see through a glass darkly. We have a perfect Word of God but we do not understand it perfectly. One of my joys to consider is that, in eternity, we will be blessed to learn more and more fully the depths of wisdom the Bible contains.

One system, Calvinism, teaches that God has only chosen or elected a certain number to be saved. This position explains for the Calvinist why there are so many people who cannot see the plan of salvation so clearly presented in the Bible. The Calvinist system has numbers of passage that they claim teach their position of the elect. We have in our text one of those that clearly teaches otherwise. “God…. Would have all men to be saved

The Calvinist responds by saying this verse teaches God would have all sorts of men to be saved but not every man particularly.

This interpretation of the passage stretches it to say the least. It would have:

  • Christians praying for all men if they are the elect men, but not if they are not
  • God desiring the salvation of all men who are the elect men, but not if they are not and
  • Christ giving Himself as a ransom for all men if they are the elect men, but not if they are not

Seems to me to be much more reasonable to read the passage for exactly what it says.

Let’s pray for all men, believing that God desires them to repent and be saved and that Christ died so that they might be saved if they repent.

 

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