Insights on Today's Reading
1 Timothy 1 - Paul writes this letter to encourage Timothy in his role as a pastor. Paul starts off by warning against heresy in teaching and in life. Paul then gives his own testimony of salvation and sees how God can use Paul as an example of reaching even the worst of sinners, see verses 15,16.
1 Timothy 2 - Paul encourages prayer for everyone, verse 1, because God would have everyone to be saved, verse 4. Paul emphasizes that there is only one Mediator between God and people and that One is Christ, verse 5. Paul speaks of an orderly ministry in the assembling of believers in verses 8-15.
1 Timothy 3 - The qualifications of elders (pastors) and deacons are given in verses 1-13. In verse 16 Paul gives a kind of doctrinal statement regarding Jesus Christ. It starts out with "God was manifested in the flesh" which is a parallel passage to John 1:14.
1 Timothy 4 - Paul warns against apostasy, verse 1, which is a turning away from the truth and the faith that is taught in the Scriptures. He speaks of the importance of godly exercise, verses 7,8 and the need for Timothy to set a good example for others to follow in verse 12.
1 Timothy 5 - Believers are to care for their own families so the church won't be burdened with that care. Of course, Paul teaches that the church should care for the needy especially when they have no one else to do so, verses 3 and 16. Paul speaks of the elders ruling in a godly manner and being careful of their own behavior, verses 17-20.
1 Timothy 6 - Paul encourages Timothy to lead others into godly living and to be content with what God has given, verse 6. Paul gives a three-point outline of how a believer should live in verses 11,12 "Flee" youthful lusts; "Follow" after righteousness; and "Fight" the good fight. He encourages those who are "rich" to be willing to share with those who have real needs, verse 18.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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