An Expostion of 1 TimothySteven Svendsen, Sr.
The unfolding of your words gives light.
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and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching
according to theglorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted
I thank Christ Jesus our
ord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me intoservice
even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor
.Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief
and the grace of our
ord wasmore than abundant, with the faith and love which are
in Christ Jesus
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
ydia after her heart hadbeen opened to respond to the gospel.
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
ord, come into my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us. Acts 16:15
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
he spoke evil of the
ord Jesus and tried to force believers to do the same. As a
he sought death andimprisonment for believers. As a
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
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.
the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are
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