1 TIMOTHY 1

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1Timothy 1:1-2

GETTING IT DONE

 

Do you get any satisfaction from completing a job? I do. When we finished

shampooing some of our carpets recently it was nice to say, "That's done!"

When I complete preparing a message or sending out an edition of Sermon

Seeds, it's nice to say, "That's done!" My wife Dottie and I have completed

raising our children from childhood through to early adulthood. We are

delighted to see that the task is done and our children are functioning

successfully on their own.

 

On the cross of Calvary our Lord Jesus Christ said, "It is finished." He had

completed everything necessary to pay for the sins of mankind. It was done!

When Paul came to the end of his life, Paul was able to joyfully say, "I'm

done, and I did it well." 2 Timothy 4:7-8

 

It will also be nice, comforting, and pleasing to God if at the end of our

lives we can say with Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my

course, I have kept the faith:"

 

As Christians we are responsible to live lives which please God. Such lives

require sacrifice. Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:25-33, Galatians 2:20

 

1 Timothy 1:1-2 shows us how we can go about "Getting it done", living a

life that in the end pleases God.

 

GOD CALLING ME - COMMANDMENT - Vs. 1

Because this was an open letter as well as a personal letter, Paul had to

establish his authority. He said that he was an Apostle. Paul was an apostle

because God had commanded him to be an Apostle.

God has called the Christian to do God's will (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians

5:15-17). There are commands that every Christian should follow. But God

also has a specific plan for each life. We are to use the gifts and

abilities God has give us in the way God commands us to use them. Some will

be in full time Christian service while most will not. However, no matter

what our jobs, we are all called to be full time Christians.

If we are going to get the job done, we must be following God's commands.

 

GOD HELPING ME - GRACE - Vs. 2

In verse 2 Paul wishes for Timothy 3 qualities that helped Timothy get the

job done. They will help us as well. The first one mentioned is "grace". A

Christian first receives grace, or God's unmerited favor when he or she is

saved (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God's grace continues after salvation.

God's grace will enable to get the job done.

God's grace will give me the power to live the Christian life.

God's grace will give me the power to stand against sin.

God's grace will enable me to witness, to serve, to lead, to raise my

family, and do anything else God commands me to do.

 

I keep grace working in life as I grow in grace and knowledge of my Lord. 1

Peter 3:18

I keep grace working in my life as I humbly call upon Him for help and

submit to His leadership. James 4:6-7

 

GOD PARDONING ME - MERCY - Vs. 2

Grace is God giving me what I don't deserve.

Mercy is God not giving me what I do deserve.

I first received mercy when I trusted Christ and was cleansed of my sin

(Isaiah 53).

I receive mercy today as I acknowledge my sins to God and confess them. 1

John 1:9, Psalm 32:5

 

GOD KEEPING ME - PEACE - Vs. 2

The moment I was saved I received peace with God. Romans 5:1

As I stay focused on the Lord and bring all my cares to Him I will

experience the peace of God. Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:6-7

1 Timothy 1:3-11

 

 

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THE BOTTOM LINE

 

1 Timothy 1:5 - Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

 

How can we tell when someone is a false teacher?

What are some of the ways of detecting that someone is teaching a wrong doctrine?

How can we discern what is Bible truth and what is not?

 

First, if a person is born-again, he will have the Holy Spirit living within in and pointing out the truth. John 16:13

Second, a false teacher will have his doctrine or teaching concerning Jesus Christ mixed up. 1 John 2:22-23, 1 John 4:2-3

Third, a false teacher will have the wrong bottom line from his teaching.

 

The bottom line in business is the results or profit after all income is counted and all expenses paid.  It is the net profit or loss of the business.

 

In teaching the Word of God there is a bottom line.

When the Word of God is preached by a false teacher the bottom line is a loss.

When the Word of God is taught properly, there is a bottom line or profit for the Body of Christ.

 

Timothy had been mentored by Paul, and often served as a special assistant.  In this case, as verses 3-4 show us, Timothy was left behind in Ephesus to confront and correct false doctrine.

 

The result of accurate teaching, the bottom line, will be love (charity). Right teaching promotes true Christian love for the brethren, and the world will be able to see the difference. 1 John 4:19, 1 John 4:7-8, John 13:34-35

 

In 1 Timothy 1:5 Paul gives us three reasons for love based on accurate teaching.

 

1.     ACCURATE TEACHING WILL PRODUCE LOVE OUT OF A PURE HEART

We read in verse 3 that Timothy was to charge some teachers that they teach no other doctrine. I want us to especially think of the doctrine of salvation and the doctrine of Christ.

 

Paul was narrow minded because only correct doctrine produces love from a purified heart. Jeremiah 17:9, Hebrews 10:16-17

 

2.     ACCURATE TEACHING WILL PRODUCE LOVE OUT OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE

You've heard the expression, "Let your conscience be your guide."

Well, that's all right if you have a good conscience. A good conscience is one which has been under the accurate teaching of the Gospel, and has been cleansed in the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:14

 

Verse 4 - False teaching does not provide a good conscience because false teaching is not edifying. It does not build.

 

3.     ACCURATE TEACHING WILL PRODUCE LOVE OUT OF AN UNFEIGNED FAITH.

Unfeigned means not hypocritical. There is plenty of hypocrisy in false teaching.

 

Verse 6 - When someone does not accurately teaching concerning God's law, he swerves.

And when a person swerves from teaching truth, he uses empty words with no content. This verse calls it "vain jangling".

 

Verse 7 - False teachers want to teach, and don't know that they are talking about. This leads to hypocrisy.

 

Verse 8 - The law is good, when it is properly understood and explained.

 

Verses 9-10 - The law was not made for a righteous man. Instead the law was written to show us what sinners we really are. 

 

The law, and the fact that no one has obeyed it perfectly, except the Lord Jesus, is the document which shows us that we are sinners in need of the Savior!  Romans 3:10-12

 

Verse 11 - An unfeigned faith is produced by the glorious Gospel of Christ.

Such an unfeigned faith says,

"Yes, I am a sinner, according to the law. Yes, I have failed God. Yes, I deserve punishment. (Ezekiel 18:4) But Jesus Christ died for my sins. Jesus Christ shed His blood for me. Jesus Christ was buried and rose again. I trust Jesus as my Savior. I now have eternal life." John 3:36

 

True doctrine produces a faith without hypocrisy which acknowledges sin and forgiveness for it through faith in Christ.

 

 

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MR. ENTHUSIASM

1 Timothy 1:12-17

 

Isn't it interesting how we get excited about secular things like jobs, sports, hobbies, vacations, etc., but we can't get as excited as we would like about the things of God.  Paul is our example of Godly enthusiasm.

 

1. THE SECRET OF PAUL'S POWER Vs. 12

 

2. THE SADNESS OF PAUL'S PAST Vs. 13

 

3. THE SOURCE OF PAUL'S PARDON Vss. 14-15

 

4. THE SENSE OF GOD'S PURPOSE Vs. 16

 

5. THE SOUND OF PAUL'S PRAISE Vs. 17

 

 

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1 Timothy 1:12-17

BE ENCOURAGED

 

The Apostle Paul was probably one of the greatest Christians who ever lived.  He was a great theologian, pastor, missionary, writer, Bible teacher and witness.  Although God greatly used Paul in the areas just mentioned Paul is also valuable to us as an encouragement.  If God was able to do so much with a man who called himself "chief of sinners", think of how much he can do for us.

Paul encourages us by sharing:

 

GOD'S POWER FOR CHANGE - Vss.12-14

God took Paul and miraculously saved him and changed him. See Acts 9.

 

GOD'S PLAN FOR SINNERS - Vs. 15

 

GOD'S PATTERN OF GRACE - Vs. 16

Paul serves as a "pattern" to all. If God can save Paul, He can save anyone.

 

GOD'S PRAISE FROM BELIEVERS - Vs. 17

The previous statements of Paul should encourage our hearts, leading us to praise of God.

 

 

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1 Timothy 1:12-17

RECLAMATION PROJECT

 

I see Paul and any other sinner as a great reclamation project.  We were condemned to hell because of our sins. But God has saved us.  We have been reclaimed by Him.

 

JESUS SAW PAUL AS FAITHFUL – Vs. 12

JESUS SAVED PAUL FROM A SINFUL PAST – Vss. 13-15

JESUS SHOWED PAUL MERCY AS AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS – Vs. 16

PAUL SANG PRAISE BECAUSE OF GOD’S GREAT MERCY – Vs. 17

 

 

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