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1 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1

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1&2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope, 2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

1Tim 1-1

(121f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Expecting good things based on God’s character >> Expectation based on God’s generosity – Jesus Christ is our hope. There is no greater truth than that. To those of us who are born again and are clinging to the cross know Jesus as the only boat in a vast ocean. We are swimming in vain trying to keep our head above water, until His boat came along and picked us up. Before that we had no hope. The boat could have mechanical problems, but Jesus never fails.

(253c) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son is inherently equal with the Father – This is a relatively weak scriptural evidence of the trinity when it talks about God our savior, meanwhile the Bible specifically says that Jesus Christ is savior of the world, so when God says God is our savior, he is equating God with Christ.

1Tim 1-2

(3m) Responsibility >> Parents for their children >> Paul feels responsible for those he brings to the faith

(33f) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Greatness is expressed as being a child

(78d) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Taking God to heart >> Having a genuine heart -- This verse goes with verse 5. Timothy was one of many hundreds and thousands of converts that Paul made throughout his life, but Timothy was not just another convert. Paul was a man who in many respects lacked trust in people. Paul didn’t blindly trust Timothy, but he had to work hard to gain his trust. Paul had a lot invested in the Church, many whippings and beating, and years of imprisonment. He wasn’t about to press into service the first guy that came along into the ministry of the saints. Timothy had to prove himself to Paul and some people failed his test, but Timothy passed with flying colors and became Paul’s right-hand man, because he was always faithful. He never let Paul down; he was always available and was always at the right place at the right time. He was always ready to serve and was full of faith, and he believed in God with all his heart. These were the qualities and characteristics that Paul earnestly desired in people, especially in those who led the Church. The number one quality that Paul most valued in Timothy was his giant heart for God, and he loved God’s people, and he would do just about anything for them to the point of sacrificing his life for them, which was the same attitude that Paul had. This is why he loved Timothy; they were on the same page.

(107h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> The Church is of the truth >> God’s people are the true witnesses of God


3&4 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.

 

1Tim 1,3-16

(70k) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We are the salt of the earth (Preservative) – People who have strayed from the gospel are able to attribute their pet issues to Christianity, even going so far as giving themselves credit for their spirituality based on issues that Paul said are fruitless. If they value the appearance of Christianity but care not for faith in Jesus, they will use their pet issues as a diversion from the gospel, while simultaneously integrating them into their belief system, so their time spent in conversation about peripheral issues they will attribute to their faith, thus perceiving themselves as faithful Christians. This is all self-deception and is transparent even to the nearsighted observer, since just about everyone knows political and social issues have no place in doctrines pertaining to faith and godliness. One example of this is abortion. Christians get on the abortion bandwagon, attributing this devotion to their faith, but it is actually a diversion from the gospel of Jesus Christ. If they along with everyone who believes in Jesus were to actually devote themselves to their faith instead of peripheral issues, incidences of abortion would reduce by themselves. That is, if Christians devoted themselves to their faith and became the salt of the earth as Jesus commanded us, we would become the conscience of the world, and people would understand that abortion is shameful, and it would become less popular as a solution to an unwanted pregnancy. Both men and woman would realize that unplanned pregnancy is too great a risk and would take measures to prevent it, thus reducing the incidence of fornication, and society would return to a semblance of a Christian nation. More people would get saved and join the Church, Christians would get their way as they lived out our faith, which would solve virtually every problem in the world, but attempting to directly resolve each issue just doesn’t work. If we deal with political and social issues directly, it would require us to take our attention off the gospel of Christ. We as Christians need to focus on our relationship with Jesus, who Himself never veered onto political or social issues, but kept His eyes on the upward call of His Father, and let the world do what it will, and by that He changed the world. If we become the salt of the earth as we have been called and trust God to convict the world through our example, this would solve political and social issues far more effectively than if we directly addressed them.

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1Tim 1,3-13

(21b) Sin >> Disobedient to the call -- These verses go with verses 19&20

1Tim 1,3-11

(162ka) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> In bondage to the burdens of men >> In bondage to the Law – Fruitless discussion refers back to “endless genealogy, which gives rise to mere speculation.” No one does a study on genealogy and presents it to the group and sees change in people’s lives. God has given us life-changing power in the Holy Spirit through the truth that we place in our hearts with eternal implications from God’s word, who has commanded us to manifest this faith through a good conscience, holding tremendous promise for those who commit their lives to it, yet some don’t have it in their hearts to devote themselves to such things without getting hoodwinked into peripheral issues that are of no consequence. They find like-minded people and sit around talking about their little pet issues, and no body’s life is enhanced or improved, no gifts are instilled, no blessing is conveyed and no joy results, and that’s the way they want it. In fact, the purpose of their favorite issues is to use them as a distraction from the gospel, because they are resistant to change. The consequence of fruitless discussion and mere speculation is a wasted life.

(173i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Penance of following the law

(174f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Comparing yourself with sinners There are anti-Semites who study genealogy to discover who is the real Jew for the purpose of persecuting them. There is actually a belief system that claims the tribes of Israel migrated to the Caucus Mountains many centuries ago, and for this reason the true Jew is Caucasian, white people in other words, the same people who make up the KKK, Skinheads and other organizations that persecute the Jews. They actually claim to be Jewish in origin and persecute the Jew, and use their findings to exonerate themselves. This is impossible to prove, so they are forced to trust the integrity of their sources, why not trust the word of God instead of an anti-Semite who only hates and has incentive to lie? Paul wrote this letter to Timothy with his own hand, who advised against any genealogical pursuits. The word of God you can trust proves that Paul was a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, but every source beyond that becomes cloudy. I would rather trust Paul than meatheads committed to rationalizing their hatred against their fellow man. It may have been the Jews who whipped and beat the scars on Paul's back, but Paul himself was a Jew and I would rather listen to his council than to hate the people who persecuted him. Their minds are twisted by the devil beyond remedy, and it’s all because they wandered from the faith.

(196i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Replacing God’s standard of excellence with yours >> Lukewarm Christianity 

(202f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from the word of God >> Running from the truth

1Tim 1,3-8

(198d) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Men place themselves in positions of authority >> Men who have no business in the ministry

(239l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Let not many of you become teachers >> Teachers incur a stricter judgment -- These verses go with verse 20. Love is based on knowledge as the primary manifestation of faith. Timothy not only loved God, but also loved His word, and was able to teach it.

1Tim 1,3-7

(96n) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having a rebellious attitude -- These verses go with verses 18-20

(97i) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Giving attention to the wrong things – So much fruitless discussion revolves around the Old Testament. One way to tell if a person has a genuine faith is to note whether he emphasizes the New Testament. Anyone who is more committed to the Old Testament than the new should raise red flags. Not only is he usually not an expert in the Old Testament, he doesn’t even understand his own teachings. False faith is confidence that doesn’t come from God in what we believe. It is “counterfeit faith", which implies demonic activity. Take a couple steps off the path, and we are suddenly waist deep in a quagmire of self-deception, trespassing on Satan’s “truth,” and for that we will pay dearly.

(175j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of what God means >> Ignorant of the meaning of God’s word

(179f) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> False prophets >> False prophets preach works and deny Christ – Gnostics openly admit to believing in myths, in fact they are proud of it, which is to say they don’t believe in absolute Truth. Paul also mentioned “endless genealogies”, indicating that some of these Gnostic people were Jews, who were commanded by God to keep their generations pure. They were to marry within their respective tribes and thus preserve the Jewish race, but to consider these things an aspect of their salvation was one way the Jewish people veered off course. As a result of believing lies, they were unable to believe in the teachings and doctrines of the Church after they were revealed as the way of salvation. It is no longer according to the Old Testament; we now have a new covenant and we are to model after it. The word “speculation” hints at the many teachings and philosophies of Hinduism, who use presumption in their beliefs. Instead, we are to keep our heart set on the object of our salvation, who is Jesus Christ Himself, but to focus on genealogies, myths and speculations give rise to fruitless discussion. Some people are anti-Semitic, yet they have made many of the same mistakes that the Jews made, straying from the core doctrines of Christianity. If we focus on other things, we will eventually stray from the way of salvation, and soon the things we once believed will become distant. It could come to a point that we don’t know why we ever believed them in the first place.

(182f) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Three causes of interpreting Scripture falsely >> Because they do not understand the Scriptures

1Tim 1,3-6

(1m) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Carrying a false burden >> Making commitments that contradict Scripture – Have you ever met a Jehovah witness who didn’t act like he was carrying a heavy burden? That is the nature of cults; they weigh you down, because it takes more energy to believe a lie than it does to believe the truth. For one thing, they have the Holy Spirit convicting them about the truth; then they have the devil as a taskmaster, who never lets them rest. On top of the spiritual conflicts, they also have the cultic association breathing down their backs telling them how to live. So, yes—teaching strange doctrines is a heavy burden, heavier than the truth.

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1Tim 1-3,4

(50a) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Condition of Israel in the last days – Determining whether you are a genuine Jew is in some ways irrelevant in the new covenant era, but in other ways it is still relevant to the Jewish people, since God has never released them from the commandment to keep their generations separate from the gentile races. Genealogy is a mere hobby to the gentiles by comparison. At one time it was a huge part of old covenant Jewish culture. It was biblical, meaning God concurred that their nationality was significant, since He commanded Israel not to marry into their gentile neighbors, which the Jews considered dogs. The Jews are sons of Jacob (Israel), who had twelve sons (tribes), and they had to know from which tribe they originated in order to be a genuine Jew. It really mattered to them that they were Jews, for if their seed mixed with the gentile races, it would make them a non-Jew in the purest sense. However, of the new covenant Paul says in Rom 10-12,13, “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." So, does it still matter to be a Jew? No, in a way it doesn’t, but in another way it does. The Bible says that in the last days the Jews will be reconciled to God, but if they don’t know they are Jews, how can they be reconciled? In the last days Israel will recognize Jesus Christ as their messiah, so a day is still coming when it will be important to know if you are a genuine Jew and from what tribe you originated. God is not finished with them, for He plans to use Israel one more time at the end of the age to restore the gentile church and bring many to salvation. It says in Rom 11,25-27, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins." Then Rev 7:4 says, “Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.” Therefore, on the one hand genealogy is irrelevant, but on the other, it is still relevant to know who is who in the Jewish community, for they have a job to do at the end of the age.

(72c) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Men delegate authority by obeying the word -- These verses go with verse 18

(138e) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Reproof >> Reprove your brother for spreading false doctrine – Some people don’t want to be confined to Scripture but want to believe in God their own way, making up fanciful tales about Him, so they can place their signature on the stories and make a name for themselves. For them, once they have read the Bible, it wouldn’t do any good to read it again, but it didn’t do them any good to read it the first time, because they never received Jesus Christ in their hearts. Those of who have Jesus dwelling in them by the Spirit can read the Scriptures as a dynamic revelation of God. The truth we believe by the Spirit is revealed to us over the course of our lives, so what we comprehend forty years into our salvation is exponentially greater than when we first believed. Those who prefer myths to a sincere faith in Jesus say that our faith is static and simplistic, but we say of them that if they don’t believe the truth, their religion is worthless.

(158c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Strife >> Contentions

(171d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain experience >> Emptiness is where God isn’t -- These verses go with verses 6&7

(178b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the facts about the circumstances >> Presumption is not founded on facts – Paul was a Pharisee prior to his conversion, who too no doubt got involved in genealogical studies to figure out that he was from the tribe of Benjamin. It is not bad or wrong to want to know who are your relatives, but to claim it as part of your religion is a distraction from your relationship with God. Paul says that this endless genealogy is akin to myths, “and gives rise to mere speculation, rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. Therefore, you need to put down your genealogical interests and get back to your relationship with Jesus Christ before a door opens wide enough for the devil to pull you into his deception, if he hasn’t already. Paul is making a distinction between genealogical studies and faith, so if your faith involves studying genealogy, that aspect of your faith is not faith at all. You have gotten off-track in your relationship with God. There must be a million ways to distract you from your relationship with God, and studying genealogy is just one of them. There is no way to prove your findings, since people have been living and dying, giving birth, moving and marrying for so many centuries that it is essentially impossible to know who’s who beyond a few generations. 

(212d) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> Evolution (Defaming God) >> The philosophy of evolution – It is ironic that people think faith in the word of God is mere speculation, when in fact all other forms of knowledge are vulnerable to the same speculative potholes that God’s critics claim in regard to faith. The fact is there is no speculation to faith in God, since we have the entire universe to prove His existence. Only a fool would deny His existence in light of the great expanse. To deny God is equivalent to denying one’s own existence, which is impossible.

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5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

 

1Tim 1,5-11

(205ka) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> Faith versus works >> The faith of God versus the faith of men >> Faith versus the law >> The work of faith versus the works of the law Christians don’t need the law; they have the Holy Spirit dwelling them, who does a much better job directing them into the purpose and calling of God, but the "faith" of men without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit cannot rise above the law. If you want to emphasize the Old Testament over the new, you are essentially committing the law over grace, but the law is not committed to you. If you are not interested in committing to faith through a good conscience, then the only thing left is the law, and Paul is said that the law was made for sinners. So, if you don’t want anything to do with faith in Jesus, then you are inadvertently admitting to being party with some of the most vial people in the world for whom the law was intended. The law was never made to save them, but to merely show them as in a mirror the true nature of their ways. In other words, the law acts in place of a conscience for those who don’t have one.

1Tim 1-5

(78d) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Taking God to heart >> Having a genuine heart -- This verse goes with verse 2. The opposite of mere speculation is “love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith." Note the sequence Paul used in citing these three attributes: Love, conscience and faith in that order. Love is the primary manifestation of faith, and what stands between faith and love and acts as a catalyst is conscience. Love may be the most real thing in the world. These things build confidence, and confidence is the definition of “faith,” though the Bible gives the word a much fuller and deeper meaning. The world may say that these things give rise to mere speculation, but these attributes are the very substance of God. Anyone who speculates on something can’t be confident in what he believes, because in his heart he knows he doesn’t know. The heart is what matters as conscience builds confidence, and confidence is proof in itself that God is at work in our lives. You have heard it said, “God is my conscience;” the Bible does not teach this, but it does teach that the Holy Spirit lives in our spirit and works through our conscience. Our conscience acts like the window to our soul that allows us to see others and ourselves as God sees us. The cleaner our conscience, the better our vision. 

(105a) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> A pure heart is a genuine heart

(124c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love is the proper motive for all you do

(125ba) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Faith and love in equal measure -- This verse goes with verse 14. Paul throughout His epistles talked about faith and love in the same breath, and it is no wonder, since they are one and the same. We cannot separate them, and if we do, it is no longer Christianity. Faith without works (love), James calls worthless (Jm 2-20), and love without faith cannot rise above self-righteousness, since it proves we are unwilling to give God the credit for our good works. Jesus said, “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God” (Jn 3-21). Jesus also said in Jn 6-45, “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.” Everyone who practices the law comes to the light, in order to tell the world that his righteousness is the work of God and not of himself. What we get when we put faith and love together is the essence of Christianity, the center of Jesus’ teachings and the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

(155b) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> Having a good conscience >> Conscience bears witness of our good behavior -- This verse goes with verses 18&19. There is very little we can do to gain God’s favor outside of faith and a clear conscience. What use is faith without a clear conscience, and what use is a clear conscience without faith? Together, though, they represent the gospel of Christ in its entirety. A sincere faith will automatically generate love, but Paul mentioned it just to be sure we understand that our faith must materialize in order for it to be real, and sandwiched between them is a clear conscience. This was Paul’s gospel. If our heart is defiled before God, our conscience is ruined and we need to repent.

(233d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of love

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6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 

 

1Tim 1,6-11

(16e) Sin >> Man’s willingness to be evil >> Allowing sin to reign in your flesh >> Afraid to deal with it

(25f) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Satan and his children are murderers – Sinners use the law, for the law was not made for a righteous person; this describes the law as ineffective. If the law were made for sinners, then what good is it to a righteous person? That is a major slap in the face to those who have allowed themselves to stray into lifestyles that are named here. If this is true in the new covenant, then it was also true in the old. There were plenty of people who wanted to do God's will, and they instinctively knew what was right and wrong. God gave Israel the law to keep them from going down the road that leads to ruin and destruction, such as in the days of Noah, but it failed to restrain them. Righteous people don’t need the law; for them, it exists only to confirm what they already know.

(52a) Judgment >> Judging Church with world >> Law judges sin >> Those who transgress against it

(90f) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Law is our tutor >> It shows our need for Jesus

(135a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Sexual perversion >> A mixed bag of impurities

(167g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It does not understand the word of God

1Tim 1,6-9

(180i) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God’s narrow way >> Rebelling against the will of God

(181d) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Lawlessness >> Lawlessness is no excuse for sin >> Sinning under the law is still lawlessness

1Tim 1-6,7

(84l) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> They can be destructive – Wisdom has the right answer, but people with wisdom don’t always answer correctly. Sometimes their flesh gets in the way and they remember their anger. Words are produced in hostility that are prejudiced and contemptible. The one who speaks this way falls into the trap that he has devised for himself during the days when God tried to root out certain sins, and the person was unwilling to cooperate with the Lord. These dark corners of his life can become his downfall. This happens on a regular basis with politicians; they seem exceptionally scrutinized. In today’s world, when someone digs up dirt on a politician, it is splashed all over the media and everyone comes to know about it, but religious people often get a pass. If a pastor is caught in adultery while active in the ministry, for example, and usually people in the Church cover for him so that the details never come to light, unless they are big televangelists; then they make it on the world news. People tend to give religious leaders a break, but this only opens the door for more abuse. How many times have we heard of ministers committing egregious sins and are quietly removed from the ministry and their offenses muffled? Outwardly this sounds noble to protect people in the ministry, as it says in Eph 5-12, “It is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret,” but these people often just move to the next town and continue in their godless lifestyle, maintaining their position as ministers of the gospel. Eph 5-11 says, “Instead even expose them.”

(159m) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit truth

(171d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain experience >> Emptiness is where God isn’t -- These verses go with verses 3&4

1Tim 1-6

(161b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the faith – Talk to someone who has strayed from the gospel and turned aside to fruitless discussion, and he would say his pet topics were important. Go to the next person and he would say the same thing, so it would be better not to talk to them at all. Paul went to places like Athens Greece where people loved to talk about philosophy (Act 17-21); everyone had their own ideas about nearly everything, and Paul considered it to be fruitless discussion. He didn’t preach the gospel to them the way they talked about their philosophy but with authority and confidence, speaking the truth through the Holy Spirit. People today don’t talk much about philosophy; we are more inclined toward political and social issues. Show me a Christian who is politically or socially oriented, and I will show you a person who has turned aside to fruitless discussion and may have departed from the faith. As we know, salvation will never come from politics or society. Christians in the first century knew that, whereas it is questionable if we of the 21st century know it anymore, and it is questionable if we truly believe the fundamental doctrines of the faith, not if we are spending more time and effort musing on our pet issues.

(197h) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> False doctrine is fruitless – The ultimate antichristian fruitless discussion that some people who call themselves Christians dare to address is anti-Semitism, not to fight against it but to actually be a Christian anti-Semite, which is an oxymoron. Skinheads and groups like them somehow consider themselves Christian, who hate everybody but themselves (and they’re not all that fond of their fellow skinhead). We know they have dropped the ball in terms of the gospel, but we don’t see that with some of the other pet issues surrounding Christianity that tempt us to take their eyes off “the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phi 3-14).

(203i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the truth

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7-11 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. 8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

 

1Tim 1-7

(1i) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> False burden of serving God in ignorance

(22k) Sin >> Pride glorifies self >> Being wise in your own eyes

(54b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Ignorant people wanting to teach

(184g) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Spending His grace on your pleasures >> Abusing your position

1Tim 1,8-11

(108d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith is the balance between freedom and law

(135c) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Homosexuality – The law associates homosexuals with people who kill their fathers and mothers. Not every homosexual is a murderer, and not every murderer is a homosexual, but they both belong in the same group of lawbreakers, as James put it, “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” In other words, the person who breaks one commandment: “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads” (Leviticus 20-13), he is guilty of violating the law as a whole, which also says, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20-13). It is like a man who has ten daughters, and a hired hand violates one of them; he has offended the entire family. Therefore, the homosexual is just as guilty of sin as the one who kills his father and mother.

(145h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Filthiness >> Deeds of the flesh – This subject is under the sub-topic filthiness, the human state of demon possession, suggesting that this is how a person becomes demon possessed through the filthy deeds of his flesh, which can only be achieved by denying the law. Potentially, an unbeliever can become demon possessed, though most people have a sense of goodness about themselves. Having developed their own standards, they are only willing to go so far in their hypocrisy, in that they have a god-given value for righteousness, but some have denied the inner voice of their conscience for the purpose of exploiting their own bodies for the pleasure they can mine from it, and it leads them further down the throat of the abyss of human depravity, until they become susceptible to demon possession. They don’t consider these creatures to be necessarily evil or bad for them, because of the sins they have previously committed. Their standard of righteousness has eroded, until even demons don’t seem that evil, and they accept them into their hearts, and these demons live through them, wreaking havoc in the world in the people they meet, and especially of their own family members.

1Tim 1-8

(128c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Doing good transcends the law

1Tim 1,9-11

(53l) Paradox >> Opposites >> Law was made for sinners >> Sinners follow after the law – Not even in the old covenant did a righteous man need the Law, for it was not given to the righteous, but on Mount Sinai it was given to Moses for the sake of the wicked. So when Moses commanded Israel to follow the Law, he was speaking to sinners; and when all Israel were afraid to offend the Law, that too indicated they were sinners, though there were some who loved the Lord, such as Joshua and Caleb, but those who needed the Law most were the first to violate it. Paul speaking of a time before the Law was given said in Rom 2,14-16, “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.” All sinners know it is wrong to commit murder, because they don’t want to be murdered, and all sinners know it is wrong to steal, because they don’t want anyone to steal from them. All sinners know it is wrong to do anything to their fellow man that they don’t want done to them. The sinner knows this but he doesn’t care; he ignores and denies and refuses to confess his wrongdoing. Therefore, the sinner makes a distinction between himself and others; he knows how he wants to be treated, but he doesn’t care how he treats others. Sinners have a double standard, this being the very definition of a sinner (Jm 1,6-8).

(167j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world of sin

1Tim 1-9,10

(250i) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Lists >> List of traits that can be found in man >> List of deeds of the body – Our conscience is an inner voice that tells us when we have done wrong, and God has given a voice to our inner voice that sharply rebukes us when we violate His will. We can stifle the voice of God in our hearts, but it is not advised; for Christians to emulate this list of sinful traits suggests they have done just that. To silence the voice of God in our hearts about our sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. We are all guilty of this at one time or another, and the reason Jesus said it was an unpardonable sin is that we cannot get back the good works we missed by disobeying Him. The one who trains his mind to blaspheme the Holy Spirit will eventually develop a reprobate mind and lose his salvation, and he will never get it back. Once he does this, the Law goes back into effect and he becomes a sinner again. Before we were saved we had a conscience and were made aware of the Law, then we got saved and the Holy Spirit replaced the Law with a Spirit of conviction about our sin, and if we evict the Holy Spirit, we lose our salvation and return to the Law as sinners. A person who has evicted the Holy Spirit is destined for hell and is worse than an unbeliever (1Tim 5,6-8). The unbeliever has potential to be saved, but the one who has evicted the Holy Spirit is dead while he lives.

1Tim 1,10-12

(67n) Authority >> Doing God’s work under His authority >> Ministry of helps >> Help God

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12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,

 

1Tim 1,12-20

(71h) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Ordained by His sovereign will >> God chooses to work in you

1Tim 1,12-16

(11k) Servant >> Paul’s example of God’s standard – There were many people who were far greater sinners than Paul over the centuries, even in his own time. People have committed genocide and murdered thousands of people without any mercy, yet it was still possible they could suddenly realize the error of their ways and get saved, though not see themselves as great of sinners as Paul saw himself. It is because they didn’t see the full revelation of their sinfulness. When Paul said he was the foremost of all sinners, he was not referring to a absolute value, but to a relative amount of sin, not the tallying of sins and comparing them with other people, but the revelation of himself as a sinner, and comparing that to other people’s revelation of themselves as sinners. Not even Paul received a full revelation of himself as a sinner, so that when he met God, he still had reason to fear like the rest of us. When he entered into judgment, Jesus showed the disparity between Himself and Paul, and said, ‘You thought of yourself as a sinner, but this is what I thought of you as a sinner,’ the difference between these two is like the difference between a mountain and a molehill. If that was Paul’s experience during His judgment, how will it be for us?

(30i) Gift of God >> Favor by His grace >> He does not take your sins into account Paul w as an example of debauchery, showing just how low a person can go and still be a viable candidate for God’s mercy. Of all people, God chose a Pharisee to lead the early church. He was an example proving that we really don’t know who will make it to heaven and who won’t. None of the saints in Paul’s day extended any hope of him ever becoming a Christian, being afraid of him, but then God called Him and he became the greatest apostle the Church has ever known. He did more to spread churches than any other man on earth, even though previously his mission was to arrest the saints for execution and long-term imprisonment. We simply don’t know who is getting saved any more than we know who is currently our brother. We tend to think because a person speaks the jargon of Christianity he is sure to go to heaven, but this religious vernacular can be leaned just like any field of knowledge. The Church wrote off Paul, and we do the same to people that we don’t think are seeking God or will ever find Him, though it is agreeable that holding out hope for some of the most depraved people is usually a waste of time and faith. So it was reasonable that the Church gave no thought of Paul becoming a Christian, and when he did get saved nobody believed him, until he conferred directly with the original apostles who gave him the right-hand of fellowship (Act 9,20-31; Gal 1,11-24; 2,1-10). He didn’t come to them with religious terminology, though he mostly knew what Christians believed; what Paul presented to the board of apostles in Jerusalem was sincerity of faith and zeal and a believable testimony of meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus and being converted on the spot.

(115d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through your ministry >> Through your calling >> In preaching the gospel

(120f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> God passes over our sins

(193e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance >> Testimony of Paul’s life

(194b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to Jesus when He calls for you

(207l) Salvation >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> God is kind to sinners >> He seeks and saves that which was lost

1Tim 1-12,13

(175e) Ignorance (Key verse)

(176a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Misguided – Acting “ignorantly in unbelief” is a very accurate description of Paul prior to his conversion to Christianity. Paul was totally convinced about his own religion. He thought the Christians were completely wrong, and He never stopped for a minute to listen to what they were saying. God commanded Moses to stomp out corruption of those who tried to subvert the ways of the Lord, according to Deuteronomy chapter thirteen, and so Paul was doing what he thought was right, yet his thinking was completely wrong. Paul was a believer in the old covenant, yet he did not believe what the Old Testament said but what his former teachers and mentors thought it said. This is also the case with us, though we have the Scriptures that are thousands of years old, allowing us to go all the way back to the first century to learn what was taught back then, still the current teachings and practices of Christianity influence us to believe things other than what is written. In other words, culture has interpreted the word of God for us, and culture is by no means an authority on any subject. Culture is the very essence of what it means to be capricious, arriving at the truth by means of grafting together society’s most popular ideas and misrepresenting them as truth. Culture’s process of determining the truth is more in line with picking things at random. This was the version of truth that Paul believed before he was converted to Christianity, and it is the same enemy of truth that we battle in our own day, only we have the Internet to accelerate and systematize this process. It is not impossible to rise above this cultural meme machine (meme: a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes -- Dictionary.com). The Bible is an instrument that can take us back all the way to our Christian roots, like a time machine, setting the controls to the first century. What did Paul say? Read it in the Bible! What do Christians now believe Paul said? They believe the cultural understanding of His teachings more than they believe the Scriptures themselves; that is, they believe a capricious set of popular ideas. Popularity has nothing to do with truth and reality; just because most people believe a certain thing doesn’t make it true.

(243f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting the Church of God

1Tim 1-12

(9e) Responsibility >> God strengthens us from our weaknesses

(14g) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers are set apart from the world

(82h) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> Thankfulness >> Giving thanks for His mercy

(94e) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective >> God’s Perspective on the Church

(102j) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Consistency >> Loyalty

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13&14 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.

 

1Tim 1,13-16

(31l) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Forgiveness is an act of God’s grace – It was a trustworthy statement that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and it was a trustworthy statement for Paul to say that he was the foremost of them all. Therefore, it is a trustworthy statement that the most depraved sinner still has hope of being saved, because of Paul’s example. It is one thing to be a depraved sinner and love the things of the world and be materialistic and greedy, but it’s another thing to be depraved and persecute Christians. It is a greater sin to martyr the saints, though it is hard to believe that the rich have a better chance of entering the Kingdom of Heaven. The most hardened cases can be saved. That means the rest of us need to hold on to our faith, because there is no excuse for falling-away or replacing the word of God with doctrines of demons (1Tim 4-1,2).

1Tim 1-13

(25e) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Murder >> Persecution to the death >> Kill your neighbor for God’s sake

(186c) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Lying to the Holy Spirit – The reprobate mind by definition is someone who cannot be saved. However, that does not mean God is unwilling to accept him. Rather, it is the other way around; the reprobate is unwilling to accept God. He is no longer able to believe in God or seek His forgiveness. His heart has been hardened to the point that he is no longer able to believe, but if he could, God would receive him. The Pharisees are the perfect example this; they were incapable of being saved as Jesus testified, “How will you escape the sentence of hell?” Had they repented, Jesus would have accepted them with open arms, but they were unable to repent of their unbelief. Their hearts were hardened to God’s goodness and grace, their minds preoccupied with something else. It is like dying of carbon monoxide poisoning. The molecule masks the oxygen molecule, attaching to the alveoli within the lung, blocking the oxygen and suffocating the person. So, the reprobate mind believes something in place of Christ, and they cannot stop believing their own lies. The Pharisees were experts in the Scriptures, but knowing the Bible did not help them. There is demonic activity involved in the reprobate mind; it’s not purely a fleshly problem. The reprobate mind is a spiritual problem; demons have captured the person’s mind, though he is not actually possessed, so it is impossible to cast them out. Therefore, the demon possessed man actually has more hope than the reprobate. In contrast, Paul acted ignorantly in unbelief. Had he known the truth, he would have believed in Jesus, because unlike the Pharisees that harassed the Lord throughout His ministry, Paul was actually seeking the truth, being one of the reasons God chose him to be leader of the Church. Paul had a good conscience, even when he threw Christians in jail. He may have done a lot of things against the truth, but in his heart he thought he was doing the will of God. Some of the other Pharisees made a business from their false teachings; they weren’t seeking the truth. They were seeking financial gain and how to improve their situation. Their whole worldview was committed to this life; their religion never got off the ground. They were the moneychangers of the temple; they only cared about themselves. Satan and his minions are all reprobates, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that demons are involved in the formation and perpetuation of the reprobate mind. They didn’t even care that Jesus was their messiah; they crucified Him in full knowledge of His identity, because He was in their way of making a profit. In contrast, Paul was not like them, though he too was a Pharisee. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, but he wasn’t like the moneychangers either.

(206h) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the gifts of God >> Conditions to salvation

1Tim 1-14

(125ba) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Faith and love in equal measure -- This verse goes with verse 5. The words “faith” and “love” are often found together throughout the New Testament. These two aspects of the gospel are what converted Paul in the same way that his companions on the road to Damascus independently saw the vision and the other heard the voice. Only Paul both saw and heard the divine visitation. The vision and the voice originated from Christ; one without the other is powerless, even as faith without love is powerless. Likewise, love without faith is not love at all, but is simply being nice. People without faith are nice to their own kind, but seldom are they nice to their enemies or even to those with genuine faith, suggesting they can be nice and still persecute the Church. This is why faith and love are both essential, just like the Spirit of Paul’s vision of Christ and the word that he heard could not be separated without losing the power of God as Paul's companions proved. 

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15&16 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 

 

1Tim 1-15,16

(43i) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfected by God

(86c) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Repentance is the result of the resurrection – To say that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, sounds like there are some people in the world who are not sinners, and if we asked them, they might agree, but in fact the ones who do not see themselves as sinners are the greatest sinners of all. Paul was not saying that Jesus came to save sinners, but that He came to save those who confess their sins and strive to repent of them, seeking His forgiveness and His power to lead a godly life. Paul said of them, “among whom I am foremost of all.” He was not so much confessing to be the greatest sinner of all, but the one who foremost admitted his sin. This is what Jesus taught in Lk 7-47 when He said, “He who is forgiven little, loves little.” Jesus wasn’t declaring some people worst sinners than others, but the opposite; He suggested a sliding continuum indicating how much or little a person would admit his sin, determines how much (or little) he loves God as a result. Paul was proving his love for Christ throughout his ministry, risking his life day after day to preach the gospel; he did it all from love for God and appreciation for saving him. How deep does our sin go? The answer lies in the depth of our love. There is no bottom to our sin by evidence of the bottomless pit that God created for those who reject Him. Sin reaches all the way to the very core of our being, yet how far down have we confessed our sins? Maybe to others we appear as good citizens of our community, but to God we need salvation and healing through the cross. This is something Paul really understood, partly because he was a bad sinner. He went around persecuting church leaders, and God was getting annoyed with it and decided to meet with Saul and have a little chat with him and get him turned around. When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, his whole world turned 180 degrees; he had to admit that almost everything he believed was wrong. That is not easy to do, especially after investing time and energy in the things he believed.

(126i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Patience >> The patience of God >> God is patient – It is a trustworthy statement that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and that Paul was the foremost of all, or at least we can trust that this was how Paul felt about himself; whether he really was the worst sinner is highly questionable. Another thing we can say for certain: anybody who participates in martyring the saints puts himself at the top of the list of sinners. Paul was a wretched man before he got saved; he rounded up Christians to be interred in a jail cell or else executed, just because they believed in Jesus. That is evil. He persecuted the saints and played a part in their martyrdom, for which God quickly looses patience. There were many things people have done over the centuries, many wars fought, and God just watched. His attitude was that he gave man this earth to do what we wanted with it, and if he tears it up trying to kill each other, then so be it. For God to stop man from doing what he wants is an infraction on man’s will. If He did infringe on man’s will, He would have to end man’s reign on earth. This will eventually happen at the return of Christ when He sets up His thousand-year reign. At this, man’s reign of terror will end and Jesus will become king of a world empire that will never be toppled or defeated, but will continue throughout all eternity. Had God stopped the plans for World War I or stopped Hitler, He would have had to prematurely end the age of grace, and forfeit all the souls that would be saved between then and the scheduled time of the end. Ironically, for the sake of those who would inherit eternal life, He allowed evil to continue.

(246k) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Demonstration of God’s kingdom >> God demonstrates His glory >> Demonstration of His love

1Tim 1-15

(102h) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Trustworthy >> Loyalty – There are many things we can say about Jesus, for one, that He was loyal and obedient, not to us but to His Father. It was the Father’s pity that sent His Son to make propitiation for the sins of the people (Heb 2-17). Jesus came into the world to save sinners, who recognize themselves as sinners and seek to be delivered from their sinfulness. Of course, He shared His plan of eternity with Jesus, and explained how He would use us once we were saved to accomplish His purposes through Christ. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus doesn’t save the righteous, only sinners? Of course there is no such thing as a righteous person, except in his own mind. There are plenty of self-righteous people who think they don’t need Jesus; these are the ones who cannot be saved. Those who understand they are sinners and loathe the thought of it and seek to be healed of it, these are the ones who can be saved. They are the ones who understand they have been pushed into a situation when they were born into a body of sinful flesh. We are sinners by nature and would prefer to be in the company of angels and fellowship with righteous men made perfect (Heb 12-23). That day will come, but for now we must continue to struggle in this life until the time set by the Father when He will call us home.

(107k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> hearing from God >> The Bible will lead you to truth >> The Scriptures are factual

1Tim 1-16

(244d) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Jesus is the source of eternal life

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17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Tim 1-17

(118b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Everything you can see you can have

(138g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Exhortation >> Glorifying God in your exhortation

(221i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides his divinity from man’s corruption >> The Kingdom of God is from another realm – Jesus is the King of kings, one that has reigned throughout all eternity. The fact that we don’t see Him makes Him invisible, but in heaven He is visible from one end of the sky to the other; no matter where we go God is there. We have a sun; it’s a star, 93 million miles away. Heaven also has a light, and that light is Christ. He may be invisible here and now, but when we get to heaven He will always be visible.

(243j) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The head of the body is indestructible >> Jesus is indestructible

(244c) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> Jesus shall be glorified forever

(252a) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for His inherent worthiness – Paul was worshipping Jesus saying, “Now to the King eternal… be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen”. That is a form of worship, and if Paul worshipped Jesus, then He must be God, otherwise this verse would have broken the first commandment that says we to worship the Lord our God and serve Him only (Deuteronomy 6-13). Mankind has been mandated to worship God only, and Paul just worshipped Jesus without sinning, because Jesus is God. So if we don’t interpret this verse, then it stands as an acclamation of the trinity, and the only way to avoid that is to interpret it, bend it out of shape and make it say something else. Paul was glorifying Jesus for the various divine attributes that He possesses that could only belong to God. There are many unambiguous passages in the Bible that allude to the trinity and to Jesus as God in human flesh, and this verse too speaks very plainly about it.

(253ec) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is God in heaven – Here is another verse for your trinity quiver. There is only one God, yet the Bible teaches that Jesus is God, referring to him as the "king eternal." We all know that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. In this acclamation Paul glorifies the trinity, so much that we would have to misinterpret nearly every word to keep it from saying this. In case someone doubts that the phrase “king eternal” does not refer to our Lord Jesus Christ, Paul used His name four times in the previous four verses, providing the context. To say that Jesus is both eternal and immortal would be redundant if these two words meant the same thing. That is, being immortal doesn’t mean He has always existed, but to be eternal does mean that. In other words, saying Jesus is eternal gives rise to the fact that He was never created, that He always existed, and to say He is immortal means that after His resurrection He will never die again. To say that Jesus is invisible is roundabout saying that He is here with us; we just can’t see Him, and if He is invisible to everyone on earth, then He is everywhere at the same time, with everyone and spiritually within His children, and the only person of the trinity who can do that is the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Paul was calling Jesus the Holy Spirit, which is accurate according to Scripture. There are passages in the Bible that allude to the concept of Jesus being the Holy Spirit. Paul tops off his acclamation of the trinity calling Jesus Christ the only God, which speaks for itself. If the trinity were unbiblical, then Paul should not be calling Jesus God, but the trinity is biblical and Jesus is God. The Father is also God, and so is the Holy Spirit; all three are instances of the Godhead. In order to believe that Jesus was merely a prophet, you have to get rid of the trinity by finding ways of dispelling dozens of passages that speak of the trinity like this one, and some of them are very explicit.

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18-20 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, 19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. 20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.

 

1Tim 1,18-20

(5b) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples are soldiers in God’s army – We know about prophecy that they are statements made through the Spirit that not only will come true but also must come true, because God has spoken them. So why do we need to fight the good fight of faith; why can’t we just sit back and let the prophecies come to pass on their own; why do they need our help? Prophecy is not fulfilled that way, for part of the prophecy is that we fight the good fight of faith. That is, spiritual warfare is an inherent element of prophecy. If the prophecies have been given to us, on some level we have the power to sabotage them to keep them from being fulfilled by refusing to do God’s will, but we could never keep the word of God from its fulfillment in someone else’s life who is faithfully serving Christ. In other words, we cannot sabotage someone else’s prophecies; we can only sabotage our own. When someone is faithful, there is no force on earth that can keep God from fulfilling His word in that person. Neither man nor demon has the power to stop God from fulfilling His plan and purpose in those who are faithful to Him.

(27c) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Condoning evil can bring a curse on your life

(45i) Judgment >> Of believer’s sin >> God will judge us for trampling on His son – Prophecies that have been spoken over us that we know are the will of God we are to protect with all the strength of heart and soul. Whatever God has commanded of us will direct our lives to eternity. These prophecies pertain to our whole life, and so we are called to strive with God; we place our faith in Him. The prophecies that have been spoken over us are not our faith, but in fulfilling them strengthen our faith in Jesus. With them we maintain a good conscience in what we are doing, knowing that it is the will of God, and thus we will do His will in all other aspects of our lives. However, there are some who have received prophecy and have neglected it, superceding it with fleshly and temporal concerns instead. It says that those who do such things have suffered shipwreck in regard to the faith, meaning that if we treat our calling this way, we will treat our faith in Jesus this way too. Why is this true? Neglecting the prophecies that we know are true and right puts a stain on our conscience, and as a result we suffer shipwreck in regard to the faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander were guilty of this, and Paul handed them to Satan so they may be taught not to blaspheme. Many will say that delivering someone to Satan is to stop praying for them, and that is certainly part of it, but we have to go back to Romans chapter one, where Paul said that God does the same to certain people (Rom 1-24). God gives up on them after they have proven they have no interest in doing the will of God or committing their lives to their faith, but have turned to the world and are seeking the approval of men rather than the approval of God and have fallen under bondage to various sins.

(86m) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> Internalize the word of God – The prophecy that Paul spoke over Timothy pertained to keeping faith in good conscience, which some have rejected. Some have surrendered to the most haunting of sins, allowing them to take them prisoner, and their sins carried them to a dark place where they feasted on their souls, filling their hearts with darkness and despair, until their last state was worse than their first, potentially becoming greater sinners than they were before they got saved. These are the forces of darkness at work in the Christian’s life trying to strip us of our faith and steal our salvation. Paul said that some Christians have fallen prey to the powers of darkness, having submitted to the forces of evil that were crouching at their doorstep and commanding their loyalty, but he told Timothy to fight the good fight, not to surrender to these evil forces, but struggle against them, maintaining a good conscience through which he will keep the faith. In that he will maintain a blameless reputation among the saints as a helper of Paul.

(96n) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having a rebellious attitude -- These verses go with verses 3-7

(163j) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Used by Satan to destroy your own life – Some say this verse is referring to Paul no longer praying for the offenders, but perhaps it means that Paul did pray for them. Being “handed over” has an active tense (not” praying for them is passive). Perhaps Paul prayed that since these two named persons have rejected the protection of God in their lives, Satan should torment them for a while, "so they might be taught not to blaspheme." That doesn’t mean Paul prayed to the devil, but prayed to God similar to this: ‘These people have abandoned their shield of Christ, so now they are susceptible to the devil’s arrows. Therefore, allow the devil to have his way with them for a season, in order that they might repent of their blasphemy. If they learn their lesson and repent, then bring them back to the fold and we will receive them, but if they further harden their hearts, they have made their choice. We, the Church, will no longer expend our resources in attempt to bring them back.’ This might sound harsh, but blasphemers are a threat to the rest of the body, having a corrosive effect on the faith of others. God has used Satan many times throughout Scripture for the very purpose that the devil is evil; he can teach a lesson to those who are evil themselves. God gives them over for a period and allows them to have the fruit of their own ways, and hopefully they will repent. We must protect those who are faithful in Christ at any cost, even at the cost of our own lives.

(172g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Hypocrites among the just >> Lazy among the prudent

(197a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to renew your mind

(197j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unfaithfulness >> Unfaithful to your own conscience – What did they reject to cause their faith to go shipwrecked but their conscience? Paul spoke of it earlier (verse 5) as a catalyst that manifests our faith in love. Rejecting our conscience is like throwing our faith to the elements without an overcoat. Faith has no protection without a good conscience. It’s open to the elements and will soon die of exposure. Our conscience is not the Holy Spirit, but He uses our conscience to speak to us about sin. Therefore, if we reject the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we’ve rejected our conscience and opened our faith to the arrows of the devil.

(198a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unteachable >> Resisting the knowledge of God

(204a) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Practicing sin >> Dying in sin

(206b) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to living in the spirit >> Conditions to participating in the spirit

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(44j) Judgment >> Transformed >> Fulfill your ministry according to the will of God

(46ab) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Violent take it by force >> Fight the good fight of faith

(100f) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in working the grace of God

(102a) Thy kingdom come >> Ambitious to fulfill God’s calling >> To see God’s will in your life – It is ironic that many people come to Christ and are saved because they wanted to clear their conscience, yet living by an evil conscience as a Christian can lead a person to lose their faith. This suggests that God has surely placed us between a rock and a hard spot when He created us in a body of sinful flesh and forced us to live in a world of evil. If we don’t maintain a clear conscience, we will suffer shipwreck in regard to our faith. Usually, people who go shipwreck never attempt to do the will of God, since keeping the faith is impossible to the fleshly mind. It is not possible to keep the faith with a defiled conscience. God has given us a choice, but there is only one good choice, so in that sense we do not have a choice. We must do what He says, though technically we have the option to disobey and rebel, but the consequences are too devastating to even contemplate. The only real option we have is to obey. What makes it so difficult is our three enemies mentioned in Eph 2-2,3: the world, the flesh and the devil. Their opposites are waiting for us in paradise: heaven itself, our resurrected bodies and Jesus. If we won’t rebel in heaven, then neither should we rebel in this life.

(106l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Purpose of hearing from God >> To protect your faith

(116d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> Through His authority – We keep ebbing closer to the subject of Working the Grace of God, which is the greatest subject of this entire concordance, simply because it explains everything that is wrong with our thinking about the gospel of Christ in this last days' apostasy. It exposes all our false doctrine and teaches us the right ways of God. Fighting the good fight of faith undoubtedly pertains to overcoming sin, since that is the subject of warfare according to the New Testament. Paul says it has something to do with prophecies, not endtime prophecy, but prophecies that were previously made concerning Timothy, that is, personal prophecies. This does not mean we can personalize a verse in the Bible and claim it as our own. Instead, Paul spoke certain prophecies over Timothy. These prophecies named over him were weapons given to Timothy to fight the good fight. Paul instructed him to take these prophecies into prayer to receive further understanding and then integrate them into his faith. By this he was working the grace of God. Paul spoke the prophecies over Timothy through the foreknowledge of God as though predestined to fulfill his ministry, yet Timothy still had to work with God before the prophecies could be fulfilled. It was by grace that Timothy received these prophecies, and it was by grace that he fulfilled them, yet there was an added component that Timothy provided for God’s grace to be complete, and that was his will. Timothy had to cooperate with God, otherwise His grace would have been in vain (2Tim 2-1). Sometimes we must pound our garden tools into weapons (Joel 3-10) and turn from working the soil to fighting spiritual darkness. We must work the grace of God into our lives in regard to the spiritual war that is occurring all around us through satanic forces of wickedness that resist our faith in Christ.

(127m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Clear conscience is the reward for doing good

(152ia) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> Church operates under a prophetic anointing >> Delivering a prophetic message from God – Paul prophesied some things over Timothy, and Paul said that he should use them as weapons to fight the good fight of faith, fighting to keep the things that God has spoken in his spirit, and not to hand them over to the demons, our spiritual enemies. We use the prophecies to protect us from unbelief, but the prophecies cannot protect us if we don't protect them. Prophecies are important; however, they can be easily abused. The question is, which ones are true? Which ones proceeded from the Spirit of God, and which ones came from our imaginations? The Spirit Himself will testify in each person’s heart the truth that dwells within him. Never let go of the things that God has revealed to you; they are your life.

(155b) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> Having a good conscience >> Conscience bears witness of our good behavior -- These verses go with verse 5

(162a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by the storms of the devil

(199e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Renouncing your faith – For those who have received prophecy from the Lord, their faith is partially based on those prophecies, but if they refuse to walk in them both in their ministry toward God as students of His word and as disciples of prayer, and in the administration of the gospel of Christ that was prophesied to them that they should complete, many have had the result of becoming shipwrecked in regard to their faith. While their faith was idle, their flesh was in motion, and they began living according to the dictates of their flesh, which worked to sabotage their faith. The revelations they had previously received were reduced to mere words they once believed. Their faith has become just a distant memory of once being Christian; they now hold their faith in contempt as silly ideas they once entertained about God. These people blasphemed the Holy Spirit, denying they received anything from the Lord, their faith reduced to a mere figment of their imagination. They were supposed to work the grace of God into their lives through the word of God and prayer with respect to the prophecies given to them that they might fight the good fight of faith in order for God to fulfill what He had promised. They now see this as a mere fairytale. This is what Paul would call blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, rejecting the voice of God in our hearts.

(232g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Hold on to your faith – We are called to fight the good fight of faith through the prophecies previously made concerning us. A prophecy that is spoken over us is one of the weapons in our arsenal regarding spiritual warfare. The thing about prophecy is that we cannot put more confidence in them than the confidence we have in the person who prophesied. If a stranger prophesies over us, we cannot place any confidence in his words, since we don’t even know the person, and if a person prophesies over us whom we know but don’t trust, neither can we trust his words, but if someone whom we know and trust prophesies over us, we can put confidence in his words, as Paul spoke over Timothy. Paul prophesied to Timothy regarding his life and ministry, which became a standard both in Paul’s mind and in Timothy. Everything else can change and sway with the currents of life, but the prophecies concerning Timothy were like a giant mountain that remained a feature of his life so long as he continued to believe it. When the devil tried to talk Timothy out of his life of faith and ministry, he could go back to the prophecies made concerning him and say, ‘No, this is my identity.’ The only way a person can have this level of confidence over a prophecy is by the local church and by a person who has been attending that church for many years and has developed strong spiritual bonds with those in attendance, including and especially the pastor, so when the minister prophecies over his sheep, he is speaking to those who know him very well and deeply respect him as a person and fellow Christian. There are things they know about each other, and this knowledge is combined with the instruction of the Spirit, so the person who receives the prophecy can attach strong confidence. If a stranger prophesies to another, even if it is a genuine prophecy from God, the one on the receiving end cannot use it, because he cannot put any confidence in it. During good times he can think about the prophecy, but when hard times hit, when the wind begins to blow and the waves pound against the fortress of his faith, he needs great confidence in all he knows and understands about God, and a stranger is simply not able to give that to him.

1Tim 1-18

 (72c) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Men delegate authority by obeying the word -- This verse goes with verses 3&4

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1Tim 1-19,20

(21b) Sin >> Disobedient to the call -- These verses go with verses 3-13

(186c) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Lying to the Holy Spirit

(188b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to self keeps you on God’s course

1Tim 1-19

(154i) Conscience (Key verse) Serving your conscience is equivalent to serving Christ.

1Tim 1-20

(65i) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Satan Glorifies God – Paul named certain men, handing them over to Satan that they might learn not to blaspheme. These men were Christians at one time, who suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. In a shipwreck, the ship is usually destroyed, though some men survive. The ship itself represents our faith, and if our faith is destroyed, then we don’t survive either. If our faith is destroyed, then God’s investment of grace in our lives was in vain, and there is a price to pay for that. Some pay the price of eternal damnation. Paul handed these men to Satan, some say through prayer, but it is more likely that Paul actively prayed that God would teach them a lesson, and God has His ways. He uses the devil more often than most people realize; that is the reason Satan is here in the first place. We are in a strange situation in this life, a fallen world where Satan dwells. These circumstances are not coincidental, but orchestrated by God. He wanted Satan here to use him to test us to make sure that our faith is real (actually, we're the ones who need to know this) and to refine us like gold.

(239l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Let not many of you become teachers >> Teachers incur a stricter judgment -- This verse goes with verses 3-8

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