NTB-15-1TIM-2 - A Study of 1 Timothy (Part 2)
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“1 Timothy: Lesson 2”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
This is a faithful saying. "If a man desires the position of a bishop, "he
desires a good work." 1 Timothy 3:1.
Welcome to our study of 1 Timothy, chapter three through six.
The book of 1 Timothy is all about proper church conduct. Paul said,
"These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly. But, if I
am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct
yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar
and ground of the truth." 1 Timothy 3:14-15. Paul, right off the bat, tells
Timothy, I'm writing, so that you can know how to conduct yourself. Church
conduct then would not just be limited to inside the assembly- it's in the
doctrine we teach, it's in our prayer, and our dress, whether it's modest. It's
in the qualification of elders (chapter three). It's in the work of the minister
(chapter four). It's in our relation to, and treatment of widows, and whether
we have love of money, in our life, or not. In every aspect of life, I've got to
look at myself as a member of the Lord's body.
Now, in 1 Timothy, chapter three, Paul is going to deal with church
conduct, as it relates to the qualification, and work, of elders and deacons.
There are both, negative and positive qualifications, that an elder must not,
and must possess, to be pleasing to God.
For example, right off the bat, Paul says to Timothy, "If a man desires
the position of a bishop, he desires a good work." And so, what's the first
qualification of an elder? He needs to desire. He needs to have that desire
to help win souls, to help lead people to Jesus and to shepherd the flock of
God, Acts 20:28-32, and to be responsible for those souls, on the day of
judgment, Hebrews, 13:17.
Let me mention just a couple of negative qualifications that are
pointed out, in 1 Timothy, chapter three. The writer begins by noting in 1
Timothy 3:3, Paul says, that an ‘elder is not to be given to wine.’ Now,
marginal note, in the King James Bible, says, "Not ready to quarrel," or, "All
for wrong, as one in wine." The American Standard Version says, "Not a
brawler." The idea here is that an elder cannot be one, who imbibes
alcohol, or who has the disposition, the attitude, or the demeanor, the way
one acts when he drinks alcohol. It goes hand and hand with what Paul will
say to Timothy, ‘Not violent, not soon angry,’ one who is in control, of
himself, is the idea. Elders must have self-control. Sometimes, accusations
are made. Sometimes situations have to be dealt with that are emotional.
Sometimes people may push their buttons. An elder must know how to
Another negative qualification that is mentioned in 1 Timothy 3 is "An
elder must not be quarrelsome," 1 Timothy 3:3. While the term is similar to
the idea of not giving in to wine, it also suggests that an elder is not always
be controversial, or overly-argumentative, not just arguing for argument
sake. Must we stand up for truth? Absolutely. We've got to contend
earnestly for the faith. Paul will say, to Titus, that "elders are to stop the
mouths of false teachers." ‘We're to have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness. Rather, we're to expose them.’ So yes, you've got to
defend the truth and stand up for what's right. Arguing, just for the sake of
argument and being quarrelsome is not the attitude that an elder needs to
Then he mentions a couple more that we make note of and that is,
and both of these are along the same lines, "Elders must not be greedy for
money, not covetous," 1 Timothy 3:3, and Titus 1:7. The idea here is that
they're not a lover of monies. Elders are not in the money-making and
money-hoarding business. They're not just big accountants. That's not what
they are. Elders are in the business of saving souls. “This world and all
that's in it is one day going to be burned up,” 2 Peter 3:9-12. "Do not love
the world, or the things in the world," 1 John 2:15-17. Instead of getting
caught up in the things of this world, elders are to be spiritual-minded, not
greedy for money, not covetous, not about things of this world, rather about
the things of God.
Elders, as we think about some of their positive qualifications, the
Bible says, they're to be blameless. They're to be of good behavior. They
are to be just, or holy. These are all qualities of their character. Blameless
doesn't mean sinless. It means that when sin is found in their life, there
can't be any blame laid, because they've taken care of it, the way Jesus
said, Luke 13, three, by repenting. They're to be holy. They're to be just.
They're to be upright. They're to be an example to the believers. In every
way, elders ought to stand out, as people who are striving to live for Christ,
in every way. They're to be temperate, or sober-minded. They should think
seriously about the things of God, holy things, and things that must deal
with the spiritual nature of the Lord's church. They're to have a good
testimony among those who are outside. They're to be hospitable.
How do people of the world view them? Do they have a good
testimony? What's their standing in the community? How are their business
dealings? How do their friends look at them? How do their acquaintances,
and people that they relate to every day? Do they have a good rapport
among those outside the Lord's body? Do even people of the world
recognize that they're trying to do the right thing? Are they hospitable? Are
they willing to open up their home? Are they willing to help strangers, and
do good to those around them? Are they lovers of what is good? Are they
out to teach, able to teach?
An elder ought to be a spiritual leader. As a spiritual leader, he wants
to promote good. He wants that good to be seen in other members' lives,
and he must be able to teach that to those around, so that they can know
that they truly are faithful to almighty God.
In first Timothy chapter four Paul mentions to Timothy some things
about the aspect of the gospel preacher. He begins, by saying, 1 Timothy
4:1, "the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the
faith." He'll go onto say that these people "have their conscience seared
with a hot iron." What do we know about false teachers, and false
teaching? The Holy Spirit expressly said that it would come. False teachers
have existed for a long time. They will continue to exist. Jesus promised
this; Paul said this. The Spirit expressly says, and some of these people
have no ability to feel, have no conscience, or emotion. Their conscience
has actually been seared with a hot iron.
Now, He mentions that some of those teachers, in that day, were
teaching ungodly things, "forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain
from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving." When we
think about things that are taught that are contrary to the will of God, these
are a couple that just Paul mentions. Forbidding to marry? Where's that at
in scripture? There's no celibate life in scripture. A person can choose to do
that of his own accord but there's no command. You can't command that.
There's no command to abstain from certain foods. Now we find that men
today impose those commands on certain people-but not God. The Bible
says that marriage "is honorable among all." Hebrews 13:4, "The bed
undefiled, whoremongers and adulterers, God will judge." Acts ten, not
really in the context of foods but He uses that as illustration, “What God has
called clean, don't call unclean.” God will say to Peter, in the vision, and of
course, 1 Timothy 4:4-5 tells us why. It's sanctified, by the word of God,
Now for just moment Paul then deals with Timothy's work, as a young
evangelist. Paul was saying, "Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is
profitable for all things," 1 Timothy 4:7-10. And so, when I think about
things that are profitable, bodily exercise, that'll help you a little. Make your
body healthy. There’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but where's
the real profit? Godliness, profitable for all things. ‘Timothy, I want you to
focus on working out, in the spiritual sense,’ is what Paul says. What's that
mean? “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior, 2 Peter
3:18, “as newborn babes desire the pure milk of the word that you may
grow there by.” We as Christians are to launch out into the deep, Hebrews
5:4. You can't always stay in the shallow surface of Christianity. You've got
to grow and mature as a child of God. ‘Search the scriptures daily,’ Acts
17:11. ‘Be ready to give an answer,’ 1 Peter 3:15. Really live and stand
behind what you believe.
Now why is it that godliness is profitable for all things? Two reasons.
Having promise of the life which now is and that which is to come. Why's
godliness profitable? The promise of the life, that now is. That is, there's no
greater life, than the Christian life. Do you remember the words of Jesus?
John 10:10 Jesus said, "I came, that you may have life and that you may
have it more abundantly." Then of course our eternal life, 1 John 2:25.
"This is the promise He's promised us- eternal life. Grow spiritually, work
out in godliness, develop and mature as a Christian.
Now as we think about being a Christian and living the way God
wants us to, let's remember that all of us are being looked at. All Christians
ought to be and are examples to the world. Look at what Paul says, to
Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12. The scripture says, "Let no one despise your
youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in
spirit, in faith, and in purity." Be an example in your word by ‘speaking as
the oracles of God,’ 1 Peter 4:11, in faith, in conduct, by the way we act, by
the way we deal with life's difficulties, by trusting God, in spirit, in love, in
purity, and in every way our life ought to be an example.
Do you remember 1 Corinthians 11:1? Paul said, “Imitate me, as I
also imitate Christ.” The scripture says we're to ‘walk in the footsteps of
Jesus,’ 1 Peter 2:21. I need to be an example. Think of the words of Jesus.
Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men that they may
see your good works and glorify your father who is in Heaven."
Then Paul says to Timothy in 1 Timothy four that for you to save
yourself and others, there's one thing you've got to do. In 1 Timothy 4:16
the scripture says, "Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in
them for in doing this, you will both save yourself and all those who hear
you." What's Paul's encouragement to Timothy, about saving his own soul,
and the soul of others? "Take heed to yourself." What's that mean? Paul
said, ‘I discipline my body, bring it into subjection, lest when I've preached
to others, I should become a castaway!’ Taking heed yourself, means
watch out. Be careful how you live! The way you speak, the way you act,
the way people see us- we as Christians need to be very careful that we do
‘take heed to ourselves.’
Then notice this, ‘and to the doctrine.’ Doctrine, or teaching, is
important. 2 John 9, "Whoever does not continue in the doctrine of Christ,
he doesn't even have God as his father." Doctrine just simply means
teaching the commands of Jesus. Those commands that have the power to
save, Romans 1:16. It's not enough, just to do those at one time. You've
got to be faithful, unto death, Revelation 2:10.
I take heed to myself. I take heed to the doctrine. Notice this, ‘and I
must continue in them.’ This is not just point in time action. This is ongoing
action. 1 John 1:7, "If we walk in the light.” “We must run the race," 2
Timothy 2:3-6. We've got to fight the good fight of faith! All those are
ongoing images! Continue in the things which we've been taught and then,
we'll be faithful unto God and live true to Him, in each and every way.
1 Timothy, chapter five, Paul is going to discuss with Timothy, about
having respect and love inside the church, how we ought to love one
another, and the obligations that we have to people in the Lord's church.
Notice 1 Timothy 5:1 the scripture says, "Do not rebuke an older
man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as
mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity." Much like Titus chapter
two, Paul is now going to discuss various classes of people- the older, the
younger, older men, younger men, older women, younger women- and how
our relationship is supposed to be with them.
He begins by talking to us about one class of people that Christians
especially ought to be mindful of. We're to ‘do good unto all men,’ Galatians
6:10. We're to take care of the ‘widows, and the orphans, in their affliction,’
James 1:7. An example of that is found in 1 Timothy chapter five. A true
widow must be honored, and taken care of by the Lord's church, and the
Lord's people. 1Timothy 5:4-5 the scripture says, beginning in verse three,
"Honor widows, who are really widows. But, if any widow has children, or
grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home, and to repay their
parents, for this is good and acceptable before God. Now, she who is really
a widow and left alone, trusts in God, and continues in supplications and
prayers night and day." What about the relationship with the church, to the
widows? Not everybody who's lost a spouse fits into the class of widows
that the church should bring in, support, and take care of.
For example Paul would say in verse four, ‘if she's got living children.’
Here's the responsibility- Children are to repay their parents. They're to
honor their father and mother, Ephesians 6:1-4. Just like in the Old
Testament, it's the children's responsibility. First and foremost they're to
take care of the parents. Parents are not just to be pushed to the side. Look
at all they did! This is about respect and honor for parents who've been
godly parents, who have raised children. Then, verse five, the true widow is
one who doesn't have anybody to take care of her, one who's ‘only hope
and trust, is in God.’ Every Christian ought to have the responsibility and
desire to help that person and really encourage, uplift, and meet their
needs as James 1:27 says.
Now I want you to notice what Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:7-8. The
scripture says, "And these things command that they may be blameless.
But if anyone does not provide for his own and especially for those of his
household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever."
These are commands of God, not just suggestions or ideas. We're to take
care of our own. Paul says if one won't take care of his own family, he’s
worse than an infidel. He doesn't believe the book. He doesn't believe the
scriptures. He doesn't have faith, and trust in God. The book of faith,
Romans 1:16-17, teaches us to take care of our family, to honor those who
are really widows, and to let the church help them as they can and to give
God the honor and glory that He deserves.
Paul then mentions in 1 Timothy 5:17 that elders who are working
diligently preaching and teaching, especially, they're worthy of honor. The
Bible says, "Let the elders, who rule well, be counted worthy of double
honor, especially those who labor in word and doctrine." The work of an
elder is indeed a work to be counted worthy of double honor. We say thank
you and thank you again for the great job they've done. Why? Because
they're laboring! They're teaching. They're encouraging. They're going from
house to house. They're visiting the sick and the shut-ins. They're setting
up bible studies. They're trying to shepherd the flock of God, 1 Peter 5.
They're really concerned! They're weeping over souls who are in danger!
They're encouraging those who need encouragement! That's the work of
an elder. It's not just a title to wear. It's not just a position to fill. It's a work,
to be performed every day trying to save souls and encourage people to
follow Jesus in this life.
Now in 1 Timothy chapter six Paul is going to discuss our conduct, as
it relates to the things of this world, especially of a financial nature. 1
Timothy 6:6 Paul will say, concerning this world, and its stuff, "Now,
godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this
world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and
clothing with these, we shall be content. But those, who desire to be rich,
fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and harmful lust,
which drown men in destruction and perdition. For, the love of money is a
root of all kinds of evil from which some have strayed from the faith in their
greediness, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
What's one of the greatest joys in this world? To learn to be content.
Godliness with contentment!
Think of the opposite side of that. Luke 12:15-21 that man who spent
his life building barns, tearing down barns, building up barns, making the
almighty dollar for himself, and more and more. God said to that man, ‘you
fool.’ Here was the point, ‘so is he who is rich, but not toward God,’ Luke,
When I think about the things of this world that really matter, it's not
how much money we have. It's not how big our home is or how big our car
is or how big our bank account is. It's the joy we possess, as a child of
God. Paul said in Romans 8:18, "I consider the suffering's this present
world not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in
us." Christians have a home promised in Heaven. We can live in that place
Jesus went to prepare for us. John 14:1-6, that place where there remains
a rest for the people of God.
To do that, I've got to learn to be content. I've got to not have a love
of money- which is a root of all kind of evil. Money won't save you. Jesus
said, "What will it profit if a man gains the whole world, and loses his own
soul? Or what shall a man give, in exchange for his soul?" You can't do
anything to save your soul related to money. Money itself cannot save you.
Well, what then must you do? You've got to fight the good fight.
Notice Paul's encouragement to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12. The scripture
says, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you
were also called, and have confessed the good confession, in the presence
of many witnesses."
Don't ever give up! Fight that fight! Keep resisting the devil. Keep
saying no to sin. Keep staying with the book and keeping error away. Keep
doing everything possible, to keep the devil at bay. Fight the good fight.
Paul said, "Lay hold, of eternal life." That ought to be our desire each and
every day more than anything!
Do you want to go to Heaven? If so, fight the fight, don't give up! In
finding a fight, it's not always easy. You might get punched. You might get
kicked. You might get knocked down. There may be difficulties that come
along the way.
What separates us from people of the world is we have something
worth getting up for and fighting the fight. Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:6-8, "I've
fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there's laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord,
the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, but not to me only, all those
who've loved His appearing."
Friend, are you fighting the good fight of faith? If you're a child of
God, are you staying faithful to the Lord? Are you working diligently? Are
you striving to help others get to Heaven? Are you, every day, looking to be
a light to the world?
If so, then look at the promise you have, and may God help each of
us to never give up fighting the good fight of faith.
Study Questions for: “1 Timothy: Lesson 2”
1. According to 1 Timothy 3:14-15, why was 1 Timothy written?
2. What is the first qualification of an elder according to 1 Timothy 3?
3. What does 1 Timothy 3:3 say of an elder’s behavior?
4. What does 2 Peter 3:9-12 say of the world?
5. List 3 qualifications of an elder from 1 Timothy 3.
6. According to 1 Timothy 4:7-10, what is profitable for all things?
7. What does 2 Peter 3:18 tell us to grow by?
8. What should we search according to Acts 17:11?
9. According to John 10:10, why did Jesus come?
10. What should we be examples of according to 1 Timothy 4:10?