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1.   The Great Apostasy 1 - 5.

 

1Ti 4:1  Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will desert the faith and occupy themselves with deceiving spirits and demonic teachings,

 

Paul emphatically states that the Holy Spirit speaks expressly, that is distinctly so that there can be no mistake about it: that in  the last days, before the Lord Jesus Christ returns for His Church, there will be some that shall turn away from the faith (2 Thess. 2:3).   They will give their minds over to seducing spirits and follow the teachings of demons.

 

1Ti 4:2-3  influenced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.  They will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

 

Through these who have given their minds over and whose consciences are dead, as if burned with a red hot iron, will come the hypocritical lying teaching to forbid people to marry and not to eat certain kinds of food.   But God has created these foods to be eaten with thanksgiving by those who believe and have a knowledge of the truth.

 

1Ti 4:4-5  For every creation of God is good and no food is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.  For it is sanctified by God's word and by prayer.

 

Every creature created by God is good (Gen. 1:31) and is not to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.   Because it is blessed, made holy and consecrated by the Word of God (Gen. 1:29 and Gen. 9:3) and prayer.

 

2.   Be a Good Servant 6 - 11.

 

1Ti 4:6  By pointing out such things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, having nourished yourself on the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

 

To be a good minister, or servant, of the Lord Jesus Christ the whole sincere truth of His Words are to be given to believers.  Whoever does so must first  spiritually feed themselves on the Word of faith and the good sound doctrine which has already been received and carefully followed.

 

1Ti 4:7  But reject those myths fit only for the godless and gullible, and train yourself for godliness.

 

Godless myths and fables of old women are to be rejected. Rather than waste time in giving ear to these things use it to meditate upon the Word of God and to do those things that are pleasing in His sight and to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1Ti 4:8-9  For "physical exercise has some value, but godliness is valuable in every way. It holds promise for the present life and for the life to come." This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.

 

Physical training has its limitations for it only benefits the body but spiritual training is much more important for it is advantageous in all things and benefits the whole man.   It holds the promise of life in abundance now (John 10:10) and for the life that is to come in eternity (John 10:28 and 1 John 2:25).   This is a true and faithful word and deserving of acceptance.

 

1Ti 4:10  In fact this is why we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.

 

In making this truth known Paul along with all fellow workers work hard and suffer reproach.   Their hope in the "living God" is their support in this work with all its trials and tribulations.  The One who is the Saviour of all men especially of believers.

 

1Ti 4:11  Command and teach these things.

 

These are the things that are to be continually taught with authority.

 

3.   Give Yourself Entirely 12 - 16.

 

1Ti 4:12  Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.

 

At this time Timothy was a young man, of what age we do not know, but Paul was concerned that no one should look down upon him because of his youth.   One of the best ways to ensure that this did not happen was for him to be an example to all believers.   In good and wholesome conversation, manner of living (Eph. 5: 8), in love, in having a right spirit, in steadfast faith and purity.

 

1Ti 4:13  Until I come, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.

 

Paul was hoping to visit Timothy (1 Tim. 3:14-15), until that time he exhorts him to apply himself to reading the scriptures in his private devotions and publicly: To inspire and encourage and to expound the Word of God.

 

1Ti 4:14  Do not neglect the spiritual gift you have, given to you and confirmed by prophetic words when the elders laid hands on you.

 

We are not told what this spiritual gift is that Timothy had received with the laying on of hands by the elders and a word of prophecy (2 Tim. 1:6) but Paul urges him not to be negligent in using it.

 

1Ti 4:15  Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that everyone will see your progress.

 

These things (verses 13 - 14) are to be given his full attention, he is to put everything he's got into them so that his progress may be seen by all.

 

1Ti 4:16  Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.

 

He is to pay careful attention to his way of living, all that he says and does, and to be very careful in teaching true doctrine.   If he stays true to what is right he shall preserve himself and others (Phil. 2:12).

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