1 Timothy Chapter 1
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9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
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Matthew Henry's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The design of the epistle appears to be, that Timothy having been left at Ephesus, St. Paul wrote to instruct him in the choice of proper officers in the church, as well as in the exercise of a regular ministry. Also, to caution against the influence of false teachers, who by subtle distinctions and endless disputes, corrupted the purity and simplicity of the gospel. He presses upon him constant regard to the greatest diligence, faithfulness, and zeal. These subjects occupy the first four chapters; the fifth chapter instructs respecting particular classes; in the latter part, controversies and disputes are condemned, the love of money blamed, and the rich exhorted to good works.The apostle salutes Timothy. (1-4) The design of the law as given by Moses. (5-11) Of his own conversion and call to the apostleship. (12-17) The obligation to maintain faith and a good conscience. (18-20)1-4 Jesus Christ is a Christian's hope; all our hopes of eternal life are built upon him; and Christ is in us the hope of glory. The apostle seems to have been the means of Timothy's conversion; who served with him in his ministry, as a dutiful son with a loving father. That which raises questions, is not for edifying; that which gives occasion for doubtful disputes, pulls down the church rather than builds it up. Godliness of heart and life can only be kept up and increased, by the exercise of faith in the truths and promises of God, through Jesus Christ.
5-11 Whatever tends to weaken love to God, or love to the brethren, tends to defeat the end of the commandment. The design of the gospel is answered, when sinners, through repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ, are brought to exercise Christian love. And as believers were righteous persons in God's appointed way, the law was not against them. But unless we are made righteous by faith in Christ, really repenting and forsaking sin, we are yet under the curse of the law, even according to the gospel of the blessed God, and are unfit to share the holy happiness of heaven.
12-17 The apostle knew that he would justly have perished, if the Lord had been extreme to mark what was amiss; and also if his grace and mercy had not been abundant to him when dead in sin, working faith and love to Christ in his heart. This is a faithful saying; these are true and faithful words, which may be depended on, That the Son of God came into the world, willingly and purposely to save sinners. No man, with Paul's example before him, can question the love and power of Christ to save him, if he really desires to trust in him as the Son of God, who once died on the cross, and now reigns upon the throne of glory, to save all that come to God through him. Let us then admire and praise the grace of God our Saviour; and ascribe to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons in the unity of the Godhead, the glory of all done in, by, and for us.
18-20 The ministry is a warfare against sin and Satan; carried on under the Lord Jesus, who is the Captain of our salvation. The good hopes others have had of us, should stir us up to duty. And let us be upright in our conduct in all things. The design of the highest censures in the primitive church, was, to prevent further sin, and to reclaim the sinner. May all who are tempted to put away a good conscience, and to abuse the gospel, remember that this is the way to make shipwreck of faith also.
Mike Anagafo's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 comment about verse 17 on 12/22/2013, 1:14am...
Awesome, Infinite, unfarthomable God. This verse creates a sense of HIS presence when recited with gratitude to the CREATOR of all things.
Didymus's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 comment on 12/07/2013, 6:57am...
Verse 1 says God is our Saviour. Who is our Saviour if not the Lord Jesus Christ?
Yet even the Jews understood that Christ claimed to be God, for they wanted to stone Him for this claim as St John records. If even those who rejected their Messiah and King knew this, how can we who have received so abundant a revelation in the Christian era not see?
Grant's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 comment on 11/29/2013, 12:13pm...
Another verse Trinitains cant explain. According to this verse the other 2 gods are not equal. And they willtry to change the meaning of "only". Yes, this is true. At John 1:18 they try to expain the word "any" as something differant than what is written.
Green's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 comment about verse 1 on 11/27/2013, 9:33am...
Man. Why try to correct TheWord of God it will never happen. Just trust him n take him at his written word. By the way ,man can never write a Book that great n life changing . Amen face it ,Sin is our problem . Not God.
BSP's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 comment about verse 6 on 10/29/2013, 12:24pm...
There were men who turned from the truth found in God's word and they were turning to empty things. There are so many various teachings and ideas that a person can get involved in and if they put these things above what is found in the Bible they are really pursuing these in vain.
Christabel Bishop's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 comment about verse 12 on 9/24/2013, 2:56pm...
I thank Almighty God that he hath made me eligible to follow the Ministry of Jesus Christ
and to teach the Gospel to this generation.
Rev. Autrey's 1 Timothy Chapter 1 comment on 9/02/2013, 3:48pm...
(Verse 2) "May God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord ..." Here Paul is making the statement that we have always made, that Jesus is one member of the Godhead (God), and the Father and the Holy Spirit are the others two. That is, God is 3 persons, all personalities of the same God.
This means that Jesus in not a lesser God, as many are now saying.
This concept was first put forth by Dr. Arius of Egypt in the early 300's AD, and later condemned by conservative Christians in 325. It's dominant thought is, God the Father is separate from the lesser Jesus. The Father, thus, is seen as the only true God.
Arianism resurfaced in the 16th century after the Protestant revolt. It made its way to England, with Sr. Isaac Newton was one of its major proponents. Groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses are totally Ariam. They not only believe that Jesus did not always exist as a person, but believe also that the Holy Spirit is not a person too.
But the sad fact is that conservative groups like the Baptist and mainstream Penecostals have similiar beliefs. They say that Jesus is only the Son of God. This makes him inferior to God.
They say it like this, "Jesus is not God, He is God's Son."
This is the essence of what they believe about Jesus: He only reveals what God is like, but he is not God himself. I have talked to many Baptist, and they all express this point of view.
Other see Jesus as an emanation, something that came out of God like a ghost image. Others say that God spoke Jesus into existence, meaning that he did not exist before.
The problem seem to be in their belief about the Father being the God of the Old Testament. Where Jesus was at this time they do not seem to know. Some say he was in the "bosom" of the Father. What this means to them is vague at best. Others take this to mean that he is only God's Word manifested as a man.
The point is, all of this makes Jesus something less than "God our Savior." (1 Timothy 2:3)
Let God's word be true!
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