Today’s lesson is part of our series on 1 Timothy. Paul is instructing Timothy on false doctrines and how to be a good minister for Jesus.
1 TIMOTHY 4
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. (12)
INTRODUCTION False doctrine and instruction for Timothy
FALSE DOCTRINE IN THE END TIMES (1-5)
A warning from the Holy Spirit. (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;
The nature of their departure from the faith and embrace of the doctrines of devils. (2-3)
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.
A refutation of the legalism that marks those who have departed from the faith. (4-5)
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.
INSTRUCTION IN MINISTRY FOR TIMOTHY. (6-16)
How to tell you are fulfilling your call. (6)
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.
Keeping your priorities straight. (7-10)
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 labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.
Personal instructions. (11-16)
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 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.
Beware of false doctrines
Keep your priorities straight
Teach God’s word
Be a good example of a believer in Christ
Read and study God’s word
Meditate on these things