1 Timothy
Chapter 4

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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 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.

Commentary for 1 Timothy 4

Of departures from the faith that began already to appear. (1-5) Several directions, with motives for due discharge of duties. (6-16)1-5 The Holy Spirit, both in the Old and the New Testament, spoke of a general turning from the faith of Christ, and the pure worship of God. This should come during the Christian dispensation, for those are called the latter days. False teachers forbid as evil what God has allowed, and command as a duty what he has left indifferent. We find exercise for watchfulness and self-denial, in attending to the requirements of God's law, without being tasked to imaginary duties, which reject what he has allowed. But nothing justifies an intemperate or improper use of things; and nothing will be good to us, unless we seek by prayer for the Lord's blessing upon it.

6-10 Outward acts of self-denial profit little. What will it avail us to mortify the body, if we do not mortify sin? No diligence in mere outward things could be of much use. The gain of godliness lies much in the promise; and the promises to godly people relate partly to the life that now is, but especially to the life which is to come: though we lose for Christ, we shall not lose by him. If Christ be thus the Saviour of all men, then much more will he be the Rewarder of those who seek and serve him; he will provide well for those whom he has made new creatures.

11-16 Men's youth will not be despised, if they keep from vanities and follies. Those who teach by their doctrine, must teach by their life. Their discourse must be edifying; their conversation must be holy; they must be examples of love to God and all good men, examples of spiritual-mindedness. Ministers must mind these things as their principal work and business. By this means their profiting will appear in all things, as well as to all persons; this is the way to profit in knowledge and grace, and also to profit others. The doctrine of a minister of Christ must be scriptural, clear, evangelical, and practical; well stated, explained, defended, and applied. But these duties leave no leisure for wordly pleasures, trifling visits, or idle conversation, and but little for what is mere amusement, and only ornamental. May every believer be enabled to let his profiting appear unto all men; seeking to experience the power of the gospel in his own soul, and to bring forth its fruits in his life.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 4

  • Angel Lee on 1 Timothy 4
    are the nephilim still in this world? I have found nothing that tells me they are gone, or where they have gone to.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on 1 Timothy 4
    Nephillim part 1 Who are the Sons of God in Genesis 6 before the flood of Noah?

    Sons of God (ANGELS) shout before the world began - Adam man came 6 days later.

    Job 38:4 - Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

    Job 38:5 - Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

    Job 38:6 - Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

    Job 38:7 - When the morning stars sang together, and all the SONS OF GOD sons of God shouted for joy?

    How can the sons of God be men since they were shouting for joy when the earth was created?

    Adam man did not come till 6 days AFTER the earth was made.

    Adam was a Son of God since he created him -

    Angels are SONS of God since God created them and was their Father

    Jesus is the only BEGOTTEN SON of GOD -

    Believers DO NOT become Sons of God till they are born again of the Holy Spirit only in the new testament

    So were all the SONS OF GOD of Genesis 6 the men who were ALL righteous?

    the DAUGHTERS OF MEN were all women who were ALL wicked and evil?

    So all the men were godly and the women were evil ?

    Really can we believe this: all the men were godly and the women were evil

    then the godly men and wicked women got married and believers and unbelievers had children who were GIANTS

    so where are these giants today? Playing for the NBA?

    2 Samuel 21:20 - And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.

    so see any unbelievers running around with 6 fingers and toes?

    then the Lord commanded all the they be killed

    1 Chron 20:4 - And it came to pass after this, that there arose WAR WAR WAR at Gezer with the Philistines; at which time Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Sippai, that was of the children of the giant: and they were subdued.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on 1 Timothy 4
    Nephillim part 3 we the Canaanites / giants like Goliath just evil people like the rest of us?

    Zephaniah 2:5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

    So please explain, with a wealth of Bible knowledge, why God commanded Israel to exterminate all the Canaanites and the giant Phillistines (Goliath and David)

    Deut 20:17 - But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

    Num 21:3 - And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites;

    and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.

    Why did the Lord not tell Joshua to please send evangelists to tell them the ways of the Lord?

    No, instead the Lord commanded they all be killed.

    Zechariah 14:21 - Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts:

    and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein:

    and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

    NO QUOTES FROM ENOCH or anything except the Bible

    Read again...no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

    The view of the sethite Adamite sons of God makes the Lord sound like a homicidal maniac.............
  • JLeigh - in Reply on 1 Timothy 4
    The nepheline is just a race of people just like the rest of us and yes the still live
  • Angel Lee - in Reply on 1 Timothy 4
    Thank you.
  • Sally on 1 Timothy 4
    God's grace: Don't live without it and be grateful and thankful for it. Faith without works is dead.From being darkness to being Light.
  • Sally on 1 Timothy 4
    Ife is short.We shouldn't be formal. I use to be afraid to buy Holloween candy or get anything at store connected with it. I can pray for it.
  • Rev William F Camp on 1 Timothy 4
    The word demon is not found in the true Word OF God The word DEVIL S was changed to Demon,by man.
  • Rev William F Camp on 1 Timothy 4
    If you wish to know the false religions Read 1Timothy 4 If you will read Hebrew you will find ANY church that has a Priest hood ruling over them is a false religion Because God did away with the earthly priesthood and made Jesus Christ our High priest. Any church that has a woman as Pastor,Deacon ect...is a false church
  • Discernment - in Reply on 1 Timothy 4
    On the contrary, no. Paul did not said that Bishop Pastor having one wife is a fake church. He is saying that any Bishop or pastor teaches doctrine of forbidding to marry is a doctine of devil. You are misinterpreting 1 Timothy 4:3. Here is the edification. Read 1 Timothy 3 and you will realize the Truth. Bishops who teaches any doctine against marriage, or abstain from marriage is following the doctrine of devil. Besides, God created the marriage for man and woman, and should be receive with thanksgiving, not abstain from God's blessing. Blessings and love, brother.


 

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