1 Timothy 1 Commentary of the Bible

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Guard The Teaching  ( 1 Timothy 1:1-7 )  Daily Devotion

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5)

Just as error can be detected by what it produces, so too can truth be detected by what it produces. You can tell the gospel is having its effect upon you when you are becoming a more compassionate, loving, patient, tenderhearted person and you are reflecting these qualities to people around you. That is what Jesus said would happen, and that is why His great commandment to us is that we should love one another.

Guard the Teaching  ( 1 Timothy 1:1-7 )  Sunday Message

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The Apostle Paul's two letters to Timothy, together with his letter to Titus, are often called the "Pastoral Epistles." This is appropriate, in one sense, because these letters were written to young pastors who were involved in the leadership of churches. They constitute, therefore, a kind of handbook for pastors. But I prefer to call the letters the "Filials," rather than the "Pastorals," becausefilial has to do with sonship, and that is what Timothy and Titus were -- sons in the faith of the Apostle Paul. He had led them both to Christ.

Doing What Comes Unnaturally  ( 1 Timothy 1:8-11 )  Sunday Message

Some years ago there appeared a popular song called, Doing What Comes Naturally. You may remember, it was all about hillbillies and the way they lived, and the repeated theme was "doing what comes naturally." That covers a multitude of sins, if I may paraphrase the Scriptures a bit. There are many things that it is just human nature to do, and one is to try to control ourselves or other people by using rules, regulations and laws. In a very real sense it is natural to be legal and law-minded.

Using The Law Lawfully  ( 1 Timothy 1:8-11 )  Daily Devotion

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. (1 Timothy 1:8)

The Law is both good and useful in the Christian life. This immediately does away with the claim and misunderstanding of many Christians that we are so completely delivered from the Law that we have nothing to do with it anymore. Paul says that is not the case. The Law is good and useful, but it has to be used rightly.

Awful Lawfulness  ( 1 Timothy 1:8-11 )  Sunday Message

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When I was in Nashville, Tennessee, last week, I noticed that city, like many American cities, seems to have a church on every street corner. From outward appearances, it would seem that our cities are filled with vital Christianity. But that is not the case, because those buildings do not represent, except in but a few cases, any vitality or effectiveness whatsoever. For the most part, those buildings are often empty, and held in contempt by secular society. Their services are pedantic, dry, appallingly dull and dreary. People stay away from them in crowds!

Chief Of Sinners  ( 1 Timothy 1:12-17 )  Daily Devotion

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15 KJV)

The Model Leader  ( 1 Timothy 1:12-17 )  Sunday Message

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In the closing days of his ministry, the Apostle Paul left Timothy in Ephesus in order to correct some of the conditions in the church there. Paul went on into Macedonia, from where he wrote this first letter to Timothy. In his instructions, the apostle speaks not only to Timothy, but to all believers in every generation and to all churches in all ages.

Wage The Good Warfare  ( 1 Timothy 1:18-20 )  Daily Devotion

Fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. (1 Timothy 1:18b-19)

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul says of himself, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul is speaking the words of a man who is about to leave the battle of life. But here in 1 Timothy is Paul's word to this young Christian, probably in his early or mid-twenties, who is being left to do a very dangerous and demanding work in Ephesus. The apostle tells him to fight the good fight.

Wage the Good Warfare  ( 1 Timothy 1:18-20 )  Sunday Message

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It is sometimes helpful to pick out certain verses of a biblical passage which summarize in concise terms what the passage is all about. We have a phrase which does just that in this section from Chapter 1 of Paul's first letter to Timothy, beginning with Verse 18: