1 Timothy, Chapter 4
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1 Timothy 4:1-3
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.

Jesus taught openly!

And, in these last days, the Holy Spirit also has spoken through Godís chosen---openly!

Far too many "teachers" do not understand that the falling away will not be from among the chosen.

It shall be among pretenders within the Churches, those that deny the power of God.

In many ways, they have already given their main attention to false doctrines.

The pretenders among us, tares among the wheat, are being seduced by deceitful spirits.

Because of their denial of Christís power, the pretendersí minds have been seared.

Their hypocrisy is being rewarded.

Some pretenders lay down ungodly rules of life.

Many such rules come from an inaccurate reading of scripture.

1 Timothy 4:4-6 
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.

When used properly, everything created by God is good.

All His creation has a purpose.

Unfortunately, we do not always use His created goodness for its intended purpose.

While physical foods may be sanctified by the word of God and prayer, it is spiritual food (the word of God and prayer) that nourishes our souls.

Common sense is not anti-Christian.

Using words of faith and sound doctrine leads to a better life.

1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

I know of one man that uses extreme profanity to "prove" that he is under grace.

Such a false concept is biblical stupidity. We are not to be guilty of profane language or deeds.

Spreading fables and myths is not a Christian exercise!

We are to live disciplined lives.

1 Timothy 4:8 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.

Physical exercise may help a little, but God is no respecter of persons (appearances).

We are not chosen due to our body types or fashion taste.

On the other hand, godliness is very profitable.  

1 Timothy 4:9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

Have you noticed how Verse 9 comes between verses 8 and 10.

Have you ever wondered why?

Yes, I did study math!

Verse 9 may be used to emphasize both verses.

To me, the placement is pure genius.

1 Timothy 4:10 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.

Have you ever read this verse?

Do you believe it?

Do you believe that manís power to sin is greater than Godís power to save?

This verse says explicitly that The Living God is the Savior of ALL men!

That teaching is opposed by traditional mainstream theology.

1 Timothy 4:11 These things command and teach.

This verse refers to sound doctrine.

The Greek text says that we are to openly declare sound doctrine.  

1 Timothy 4:12 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.

One yearís experience repeated 20 times is not twenty-yearsí experience.

Be honest with yourself, are you repeating the same years over and over, or are you growing in Christ?

Christians are supposed to grow in the Word, in their manner of living, in love, in things of the Spirit, in faith, and in purity. 

1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Paul had plans. And, as all fathers and fathers-in-the-Spirit do---he had plans for Timothyís growth.

He reminded Timothy to pay attention to the public reading of the Scriptures, to exhortation and teaching sound doctrine until he came.

We do not know if Paul saw Timothy again.  

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

This personal message to Timothy may also be ours to claim.

"Neglect not the gift that is in thee."

God has given you a gift. Use it! 

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

The Greek text says to practice "these things."

We practice Christianity over and over and over each and every day.

We may not reach absolute perfection, but we will become mature in the faith.

Are you a radical Christian?

Do you believe that Christ saved you radically?

Do you believe that Christ will save all who sincerely come to him?

Then, you are a radical Christian.  

1 Timothy 4:16 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.

The text tells us to continue to observe the doctrine of Christ as our personal belief.

All too many Christians become rather loose in their practice of Christianity.

People judge Christ by what they see us do and hear us say.

Are you a good advertisement for Christ?

Appearances may not be everything, but to others they go far in confirming the work of Christ within us.

Paul says that our correct actions shall save us and those that hear us.

How can that be?

How does the plan of salvation work?

The entire plan involves two steps:

1. We hear from God.

2. We respond appropriately. 

We were saved to serve not to sit.

When others hear us and respond to the words God gives through us they to hear and respond.

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