(20 verses, 2:43 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Paul has left Timothy in Ephesus to tend to the churches there and in the region. This is a letter of encouragement and instruction for this work.
- Having finished Acts, we are back in the epistles where the theology is denser. This is certainly true First Timothy; Paul packs a lot in these six chapters.
- Here’s the outline:
- 1-2, Introductions
- 3-11, The purpose and goal of Paul’s teaching, especially considering the use of the Law.
- 12-17, The grace of God was demonstrated in Paul’s life, especially that Jesus gave Paul the office of apostle.
- 18-20, Paul charges Timothy to wage the good war with faith and a good conscience.
- 1:5 gives the purpose of this writing and the goal of Paul’s teaching: “love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.” What a stunning verse to consider and meditate on.
- Paul comes back to the themes of faith and a good conscience in 1:19.
- 1:15 is a wonderful statement of the Gospel, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.” We all know our own sin more than we know the sins of our neighbor, so all of us confess ourselves to be the Chief of Sinners, that is, those for whom Jesus has died.
- 1:17 is a doxology that is good to meditate on and pray: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
- Pastors, especially, will benefit from regular consideration of these letters from Paul to Timothy and Titus, and the instruction he has for them in the work of their office.
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Lord’s Blessings, Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller