1 Timothy 1:12-20 He Came To Save Sinners

Scared straight by the hard lessons our own sin had wrought 

Paul reaffirms the cornerstone of our faith; “Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (verse 15). He charges Timothy to keep the main thing the main thing!

Paul is a perfect example of God’s grace and he knows it. He recognizes where he would have been without that saving grace. “Formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted in ignorance in unbelief, and the grace of the Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (verses 13-14).

Something I just noticed is Paul’s statement that he “acted ignorantly in unbelief.” When Paul was persecuting the church he thought he was well informed. I would go so far as to say he was arrogant in his belief in his right-standing with God. But he was ignorant of the truth. He was blind because the Spirit of God had not revealed the truth to him. Read more »

1 Timothy 1:3-11 The Law is Good

Those wilfully breaking it are the ones who should fear it.

Paul gives Timothy encouragement and instructions in our reading today. Timothy has a purpose to fulfil for God in the place he has been sent.

Timothy is in Ephesus on a mission. There are some people there, whom Paul chooses not to name, that are teaching false doctrines. Paul also chooses not to go into specifics about their teachings but we can surmise that it has something to do with the Law. I wonder if Paul’s choice not to go into detail about the teaching has to do with his statement about the teacher’s themselves. “Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussions, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions” (verses 6-7). In other words, they are speaking in ignorance. I pray I don’t join their ranks! Read more »

1 Timothy 1:1-2 God’s Got Your Back

I want to take a moment first to apologize for being gone for the last few days. We had our annual “Camp NaPa” for our grandchildren and I was enjoying their company. I have also been dealing with my husband “sundowning” a bit. His schedule is changing as his illness progresses so I’m trying to adjust to those changes. But on to our next book; 1 Timothy!

A father instruction his son

Paul begins his letter to Timothy with a heartfelt greeting of love. This is a father to son letter as well as mentor to mentee.

Luke tells us in his accounting of the early church, the book of Acts, about Paul meeting Timothy. Timothy was already a believer when they met. Timothy was of mixed bloodlines and faith lines. His “mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek” (Acts 16:1). The believers in the area where Timothy lived and served spoke very highly of him. So highly in fact that Paul wanted him to join in on his current missionary journey. Read more »

2 Thessalonians 3:16-18 Signing Off

Supplied by the Spirit of God Himself for ALL circumstances

Paul is closing his letter to this body. He wants to make certain they know it comes from him and not an imposter. He also wants to leave them with one more blessing.

In closing this letter, Paul puts in something to authenticate him as the author. We saw earlier that there was a false letter that had come to this group. Paul wanted there to be NO confusion in regards to who sent this one. The false letter had the body in fear of missing the return of Jesus. I wonder exactly what it contained. Whatever it was it was cruel and NOT from any of the church leaders. Read more »

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 Those Who Won’t Work Won’t Eat

Don’t treat them as enemies but don’t associate with lay brothers and sisters

Paul has one more issue he wants to address before signing off. It has come to his attention that some of the believers are sitting by while others do all the work. This is NOT acceptable.

“If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (verse 10b). Paul goes so far as to tell those who are working to “take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed” (verse 14b). Paul does NOT say to cut this person off as a sinner and throw him out of the body. “Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother” (verse 15). Read more »