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1 Timothy Exposition, NASB

1 Timothy Exposition, NASB

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Published by Steven Lee Svendsen
This is a study prepared for the people of Rice Lake Baptist Church in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
This is a study prepared for the people of Rice Lake Baptist Church in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

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  An Expostion of 1 TimothySteven Svendsen, Sr.
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The unfolding of your words gives light.
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 An Exposition of Paul First Letter to Timothy 
1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, andof Christ Jesus,
who is
our hope
a
,
2
To Timothy,
my 
true child in the faith
b
: Grace, mercy
and 
 peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our 
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ord.
3
 As I urged you upon my departurefor Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus
c
so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strangedoctrines
d
,
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nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise tomere speculation rather than
furthering 
the administration of God which is by faith
e
.
a
 
5
But the goal
a
1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior,and of Christ Jesus,
who is
our hope.
While this was addressed to Timothy, the formal natureof the letter makes it clear that it was intended to be read by a larger audience. Timothy wasgoing to read it to the congregation at Ephesus. It is comforting when, as a pastor, you do nothave to say, ³My personal opinion is«´ You can say, ³Do this because I have God¶s authoritybehind me.´ Timothy had a letter from Paul that was also Scripture. Acts 9 records the event when Paul received this ³commandment.´ Paul expanded on thespecifics of this commission to be an apostle in Acts 26:
But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and awitness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes sothat they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they mayreceive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me. Acts26:16-18
 
b
1:2
To Timothy,
my 
true child in the faith.
Paul uses the words translated ³true child´ of Titusas well (Titus 1:4). Timothy¶s biological father was evidently not his father in the faith. Acts 16:1and 3 say only describe him with these words: ³his father was a Greek.´ Only Timothy¶s mother and grandmother are mentioned in Scripture as having taught him God¶s word (2 Timothy 1:5;3:14-15).
c
1:3
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s I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus.
This eventmust have taken place after the events recorded by
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uke in Acts. Paul was evidently checking onPhilippi and the other churches in Macedonia and left Timothy to shepherd the flock at Ephesus.
d
1:3
so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines.
There can be nodoubt that Paul believed Timothy¶s primary shepherding function in Ephesus was teaching. Theword translated ³instruct´ (used five times in this letter) is a directive word, used commonly of thegiving of commands. The word translated ³strange doctrines´ simply means ³different doctrines´(also used in 6:3). The teacher was writing the teacher so he could instruct teachers (see Acts20:17-35; 2 Timothy 2:2).
e
1:4
nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise tomere speculation rather than
furt 
he
ing 
the administration of God which is by faith.
Theword Paul used when calling the Ephesian elders to ³Be on guard´ (Acts 20:28) is used negativelyhere to challenge Timothy to not pay undue attention to extra-biblical literature. ³Myths´ and (see1 Timothy 4:7; 2 Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Peter 1:16) of the variety Paul speaks turn peopleaway from Truth and ³endless genealogies´ (see Titus 3:9) that bring about ³speculation,´ raisinglots of questions without providing answers. This is a likely reference to the rise of Gnosticteaching that distracted people from the cross.The ³administration of God´ is probably a reference to the ³stewardship´ or ³management´ of the ministry Paul and other shepherds have been given (1 Corinthians 9:17; Ephesians 3:2;Colossians 1:25). Getting sidetracked by peripheral issues hinders good stewardship of God¶sgrace.
 
  An Expostion of 1 TimothySteven Svendsen, Sr.
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The unfolding of your words gives light.
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of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith
b
.
6
For somemen, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion
c
,
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wanting tobe teachers of the
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aw, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or thematters about which they make confident assertions
d
.
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But we know that the
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aw is good, if oneuses it lawfully
e
,
9
realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those whoare lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those whokill their fathers or mothers, for murderers
 
10
and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers
a
1:1-4 Many Bible-believing churches and church leaders assume that Christian liberty allows usthe stick to the same message, but behave unrestrained when it comes to methodology. Thisletter shows us that God has also prescribed methods.The purpose of Timothy staying on at Ephesus was to fight a battle against error. Whether you are a church leader or part of the flock there are certain things you ought to expect of your leaders:1. They ought to prize following and building a heritage. Your life is a composite sketch of those who invested in you. Not every piece of that is good, but everyone ought to have aPaul and a Timothy for Jesus¶ sake. If you did not have a good mentor you can becomeone.2. They ought to know their mission. Paul and Timothy both had a commission, as did theelders of Ephesus. Peripheral duties are a distraction.3. They ought to stick to a Christ-centered message.
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eaders should focusing on God¶sintent rather than forcing meaning on the Bible. Those who spend time unfolding theScriptures will have no time to stray.
b
1:5
the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and asincere faith.
The word for ³instruction´ here is the noun form of the word ³instruct´ in versethree. Here it means an announcement or proclamation. Paul appears to be talking about Bibleteaching²instruction from the law (compare this verse with verses three, seven and eight).The word ³goal´ is the same word Paul used in Romans 10:4 of Christ being the ³end´ of thelaw. Notice that Paul did not think good behavior or even ³holy living´ was the end goal of pastoralministry. He had heart change in mind. He had
love
in mind. Notice the three loving ³ends´ Paulhad in mind for students of the Bible:This love needs to come ³from a pure heart.´ This is the fruit of what Jesus talked about in theSermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:8). Paul later told Timothy that those who flee youthful lustspursue faith, love and peace come from those who call on the
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ord from a pure heart (2 Timothy2:22). A pure heart is the driving force in a person that has been cleansed and redirected.³A good conscience´ leaves us without a voice inside our heads saying ³something is wronghere.´ The conscience is a gift of God to every person that helps them discern good and evil.³Sincere faith´ is the precise thing Paul said dwelt in his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy1:5). Faith in God and His word starts with love for God that makes one believe what He says.
c
1:6
some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion.
Theword ³strayed´ means
to deviate
or 
to miss the mark 
. For them the word of God did not needprecise communication. What else is there for a preacher to discuss? Plenty when your goal ismerely external change. Paul calls this kind of talk ³fruitless´ or ³empty.´ Commenting on this text,John Calvin criticized the fruitless discussions of religious leaders in his day, saying: ³With greater boldness do they affirm their purgatory than the resurrection of the dead.´
d
1:7
wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either whatthey are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
Those whowant to teach God¶s word want something good (1 Timothy 3:1), but the responsibility is great(James 3:1).
e
1:8
we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully.
There is a right way and a wrongway to teach the Bible.
1:9
realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who arelawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those
 
  An Expostion of 1 TimothySteven Svendsen, Sr.
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The unfolding of your words gives light.
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iving in God¶s House
and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching
a
,
11
according to theglorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted
b
.
c
 
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I thank Christ Jesus our 
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ord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me intoservice
d
,
13
even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor 
e
.Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief 
;
14
and the grace of our 
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ord wasmore than abundant, with the faith and love which are
found 
in Christ Jesus
g
.
15
It is a trustworthy
who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers.
Paul is not saying that there are righteouspeople (Read Romans 3 if you doubt that fact). He is saying that a proper approach to teachingthe law presupposes that the student has a core corruption in need of redemption. He getsspecific in case anyone wonders what comes out of lawless rebels.
a
1:10
immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, andwhatever else is contrary to sound teaching.
Every sin problem is a theological problem. Thatis why Paul says that sound teaching is the opposite of these kinds of sins. ³Sound´ means
healthy 
(
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uke 5:31; 7:10; 15:27; 1 Timothy 1:10; 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; 4:3; Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1, 2; 3John 1:2), like our phrase ³being of sound mind and body.´ Note that Paul¶s view of ³sounddoctrine´ has as much to do with lifestyle as it does professed belief. He communicates the sameidea in 1 Timothy 6:3 and Titus 2:1.
b
1:11
according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I havebeen entrusted.
The glorious gospel is the goal of the teaching of the law. It provides thesolution to
unsound 
doctrine.
c
1:5-11 Since Paul is showing Timothy how important teaching is to pastoral ministry, he pointsout the right and wrong way of teaching God¶s word. Here is the attitude the teacher and thestudent should have as they approach a study of Scripture:1. People are crooked. Confess this:
There is something inside me that needs to change
.2. People do not like to hear that they are crooked. Confess this:
I am very tempted to talk about something other than God¶s solution to my real problem
.3. There is only one hope for crooked people. Confess this:
The evil things that exist in my life call me to focus on the cross as the solution to my problem
.
d
1:12
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered mefaithful, putting me into service.
Paul was thankful to be in the service of the King as avocation. This does not say that God saved Paul because he had the right talents to be apreacher. God saved Paul and made him useful. God did the same with
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ydia after her heart hadbeen opened to respond to the gospel.
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uke¶s account says [my emphasis]:
 And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be
faithful
to the
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ord, come into my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us. Acts 16:15
e
1:13
I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor.
The contrastis great between what Paul was and what God made him. As a
blasphemer 
he spoke evil of the
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ord Jesus and tried to force believers to do the same. As a
 persecutor 
he sought death andimprisonment for believers. As a
violent aggressor 
he breathed out threats. Here is his testimony:
So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons, having received authorityfrom the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I cast my vote against them. And as Ipunished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged atthem, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities. Acts 26:9-11
1:13
Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief.
Scripture has sternwords for those who have professed faith in Christ but have turned away (Hebrews 10:26-39).Paul had lived his life doing what unbelievers do naturally. You should be thankful that someunbelievers are kind, but you should not be shocked when people live out what they are.
g
1:14
the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are
o
nd 
in Christ Jesus.
God¶s grace was overflowing on this sinner. He went from being theworst enemy of the Church to the human author of 13 insp
 
ired books of the Scriptures.

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