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2016 November 7

Battle Between Carnival and Lent (1633-1634)
Jan Miense Molenaer (1610-1668)
Dutch Golden Age Baroque Style
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In 1 Timothy 4, Paul tells his readers that the Holy Spirit expressly said that in the latter times some would depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking hypocritical lies, and having a conscience seared with a hot iron. They would forbid marriage and make people abstain from various kinds of food. But everything which God created is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving because it is made holy by the work of God and prayer (1-5).
     Paul then tells Timothy that he will be a good servant of Jesus Christ if he reminds the brothers of these things. He warns him to have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Instead, he should train himself in godliness. Bodily training, (which in this context probably means asceticism rather than physical exercise), has a little profit, but godliness is profitable both in this life and in the life to come. It is the Living God who is the savior, not asceticism (6-10).
     He exhorts Timothy to command and to teach these things. He tells him to let no one despise his youth. Instead, he must be an example to others in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. He should devote himself to the public reading of the Scripture, to exhortation, and to teaching. He must not neglect the spiritual gift which was given to him at ordination. Rather he must immerse himself in his gifts and duties so that all may see his progress. He must closely watch himself and his teaching and persist in doing so, because then he will save both himself and those who hear him (11-16).
     [Sermons: Eric Alexander. John Calvin. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting depicts the extremes between indulgence and abstinence. In today's chapter, Paul makes it clear that neither indulgence not abstinence produce godliness. That comes from the Spirit of God. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 1 Timothy 4: 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Daniel 7:25; Daniel 8:23; Daniel 11:30; Matthew 24:11-24; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Peter 3:3; 1 John 2:18; Acts 20:29; 2 Timothy 3:1; Colossians 2:23. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

1. Proper Church Doctrine & Government (1 Timothy 1:1 - 1 Timothy 4:16) - 62 A.D. Laodicea
2. Proper Personal Relationships in the Church (1 Timothy 5:1 - 1 Timothy 6:21) - 62 A.D. Laodicea

1 Timothy 4

1. Proper Church Doctrine & Government (1 Timothy 1:1 - 1 Timothy 4:16) - 62 A.D. Laodicea

     1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
     6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
     11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

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