No doubt Paul the Apostle 1:1
Between the years 62-65 A.D.
6 For there is
one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest
to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without
controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in
justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto
the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
The Focus of the
There was a need as the churches grew in number for certain aspects
of church order to be plainly laid out.
The guidance from Paul under
inspiration of the Holy Spirit is invaluable for us today. Clearly,
a helpful verse for us is 1:3
mightiest charge some
they teach no other doctrine.
I believe this sums up 1Timothy as all the other pastoral
epistles in that there is pure and sound doctrine, and
doctrines of devils; Paul gives several charges to this young
preacher which we shall see in this paper.
aspects of Church order this book deals with are:
Importance of sound
doctrine and genuine faith
Prayer (public) &
Womens place in the Churches
Bishops and Deacons
The walk of godly
The work of godly
I have decided to summarize by chapters (6) as they deal with Pauls
charge to Timothy (all church leaders) about the manner in which to
guide the New Testament Church.
Verses 1, 2
- Paul gives his
authority to be an apostle of Jesus Christ in his greeting to
Timothy. Paul says
by the commandment of God our
Emphasis is placed
upon the fact that the Person of Christ is our hope.
- The reference is made by Paul that Timothy is Pauls son in the
faith, which means (I believe) Timothy was a student of, or
discipled by Paul.
My reason for this
is two-fold 1. Paul refers to Timothys godly mother and grand
mother who probably brought him to Christ at
a young age. 2. The
scripture says in 2Tim.3:14, 15 that Timothy learned the
scriptures from a child.
Importance of Sound Doctrine
for leaving Timothy in Ephesus charge certain that they teach no
other doctrine but what he learned was sound.
to teach and personally not take heed to those things which only
bring about questions with no godly edification.
- It is charity, a pure heart, good conscience, and genuine faith or
trust in God that is most important for us to attain to not fables.
Some have turned
from truth to empty words thinking they are able teachers but in
reality knowing nothing about what they teach others.
Prayer and godly women
Verses 1, 2
Pauls urge to
Timothy (in light of the fact some have left the faith, 1:19,20) to
do four things
requests for the needs of others
to God and asking for His help and provision
Praying on the behalf of others
Give thanks a
heart of gratitude and thankfulness
For Who? All men,
kings, and all in authority! Why?
It is for these people but also for us also. Always reminding
us that we need God and we need to submit to His authorities over
" We are humbled when praying for the unbeliever, especially those
who rule over us. It reminds us to live a godly, peaceful and honest
It pleases God when
we submit to His ordained authority! These people need to be saved
and come to the knowledge of the truth.
Remind them there
is one God not many gods. One mediator our reconciler not
Christ Jesus is
preeminent, the only Way, He paid the price of our redemption.
There is a time to
testify before it is too late.
Paul speaks to his own God ordained positions which are:
never lays claim to the pastorate, but a preacher of the Gospel
performed all the signs and powers of an apostle, witness of the
separate position which he used to instruct many followers
All these he fulfilled by faith, speaking the truth, sincerely!
- Pauls instruction
concerning men praying:
It is the will of
God to pray do it!
Lifting up holy
hands a submissive spirit and righteousness in their actions
No wrath no anger
No doubting full
of faith and trust in the Lord
Women dress, subjection, teaching and childbearing
orderly, neatly and not extreme
bashful, with a sense of shame for the naked body
seriousness in attitude but not sadness or sorrowful
focusing on braided hair, fashions, and outward things
such as jewelry, pearls, or other expensive worldly array.
A woman should show
forth godliness, holiness and a life of good works.
A woman should
learn but in silence and subjection.
Paul makes it clear
that a woman is not to teach a man, or to be in authority over him
but be silent.
The reason is
because Adam came first and is the head of the woman.
Adam wasnt fooled
by the serpent, Eve was
and sinned because of her lack of discernment.
The woman would be
helped or delivered from her past condition (this sad picture of
deception) and demise by the pain and sorrow
of child bearing. The
woman must also continue in:
Faith trust in
the Lord and put her confidence in Him
Charity fruit of
the Spirit, sacrificial love
Holiness living a
godly and pure life
The qualifications for Bishops and Deacons and wives
The Bishop or Pastor A man who desires to oversee a flock
desires a good work. This is a high office and is a
worthy goal for
those who sense the call of God. I want to emphasize that the
following qualifications are all in the present tense
must be. No
man could fulfill all these requirements over his whole life all the
time. Men are flawed at best.
reproach, nothing to accuse him rightly of
Husband of one wife
not two wives, not polygamous, faithful to that one wife
watchful, takes spiritual heed of things and situations in his life
serious minded, temperate, sound mind
Good behavior not
out of order, doing what is right
hospitality entertains strangers, welcoming guests and open to
Apt to teach
ability and desire to instruct others
Not given to wine
no desire for, open to or welcoming alcoholic beverages
No striker no
desire to hit someone, fighter
Not greedy of
filthy lucre not controlled by money, greedy of gain
to wait on God,
Not a brawler not
a bully or arguer, but peaceable
Not covetous not
greedy for others possessions, a inordinate desire to have more
Rules his own house
well oversees, and leads in his home as father and husband
Not a novice not
too young in age, not immature, not recently saved
Has a good report
of them outside the church a good testimony with unbelievers
Deacons 8-10, 12,
honest, upright men
Not double tongued
speaks the truth plainly, reliable speech, what he says he means
Not given to much
wine not welcome to any alcohol
Not greedy of
filthy lucre not looking for gain, not greedy
Holds the mystery
of the faith in a pure conscience that which was unknown or hidden
and now revealed - the
is revered by the deacon
Be proven he is
tested, examined and approved
is nothing to accuse him of that would stick, beyond reproach
Husbands of one
wife not two polygamy, faithful to his one wife
Ruling his children
and house well upright and overseeing his home and children right
Wives - 11
not accusers of others
circumspect, careful, and vigilant
Faithful in all
things a trustworthy woman in all dealings with everyone and
Verses 13, 1 4
- The deacon who serves well in his office will see an even greater
respect and authority; and even greater
assurance in his faith that
he has in Jesus Christ. I tell you this Paul says to young Timothy
hoping to see him soon in his travels.
Verses 14, 15
Timothy is encouraged to behave himself as becomes a godly man in
the church which is the visible manifestation
of truth seen in the
- There is no doubt about the greatness of godliness. God became a
man (Word became flesh John1:14) was
confirmed by the Spirit at
His baptism, seen of angels at His resurrection, preached even up to
this very day to all peoples,
people are being saved by this
preaching of the gospel, He rose bodily into heaven at His ascension
Departing the Faith Latter Days
A time comes when men will depart from the faith = Jesus Christ
and His word. They will obey evil spirits that
will seduce or draw
them away. Also there will be the snare of false teachings. These
false teachers will speak lies, though acting
as if it is sound
doctrine. They are hypocrites. They are not ashamed of their actions
because their consciences are hard and
calloused. Two of their
unsound teaching which have led many astray:
They will forbid to
marry no Bible basis
Abstain from eating
meats God asks us to be thankful and realize what God has cleansed
call not unclean or forbidden.
Verses 4, 5
God has changed (or at least does not restrain) the New Testament
believer from eating all different kinds of
creatures. He tells us to be thankful. So eat your ham and say
grace! The word of God and prayer set it apart as ok to eat.
The man of God is to be diligent in instructing the people in
good, sound doctrine. They are also to be an example of living by
Pay no attention to common fables and stories that are not
biblical sound teaching. Train yourself to do right in that which
Verses 8, 9
Physical exercise and training has its profit but godliness and
holy living profit greatly now and bring rewards in
heaven to be
gained later. This is a truthful saying to be received, believed and
- We serve and suffer if need be because our faith is in Jesus
Christ the Saviour of the world and especially to us who believe.
Command and Teach
Some specific things to teach and instruct others. Good balance
for the preacher.
Verse 12, 13
Dont be dismayed by those who may look down on you because of
your youthfulness. It would be best to
characteristics in your life before everyone.
an example in
and what you say
good behavior in all areas of your life
sacrificial love, let this fruit of the Spirit be evident for all to
Spirit have a
good disposition and attitude
Faith trust in
the Lord, rely upon Him in all situations
Purity live a
clean and holy life, certainly be above reproach
Till I (Paul) come to see you give special attention to three
Reading study the
word of God and read any other helpful, spiritual books
comfort others when needed and draw near to them
teaching, instruction, and learning
Take regard of your
Paul tells Timothy not to be careless with spiritual things God
given qualities and helps that were spoken
of and then confirmed
in him by the laying on of hands by the elders.
Think about what you have been told Timothy.
Note: - Every young
preacher should listen and ponder the instruction of older and wiser
men. Dont let anything interfere
with these disciplines in your
life. The furtherance of you own spirituality will appear and be
helpful to all.
Pauls exhortation again very important! Take care of your own
walk with God and the doctrine you have learned
and live in them.
Dont move away from them! By your own spiritual exercising of these
things you will keep yourself strong
spiritually and them that hear,
regard, and follow you. 1Cor.11:1
Keeping Relationships right verses
1-16 (Elders, young men, elder women, widows)
Do not speak against or accuse an older saint; best to treat him
as a father and respect his age. Treat the younger men
as your own
Older women are to be treated as you would your own mother
respectfully, gently. Younger women should be treated
the way you
would your own sister guardedly.
True widows are to be esteemed highly in the church!
Caring for real
widows and qualifying them
Widows with children and extended family should be cared for by
family and not a burden on the church.
A real widow (with no other family, alone) trusts the Lord and is
fruitful in her asking God to supply her daily needs.
A widow that in and for pleasure is sinning and the the wages of
sin is death.
Timothy was to instruct the church with its families of these
requirements and necessities so they wouldnt do wrong.
If a family or individual did not do right by his family or a
widow in the family, they were seen as turning from the faith and
worse than an unbeliever.
for a widow indeed
Widows 60 years of age or over and only one husband over the
course of her life note having been
Others could tell of her good works, raised children, hospitable
and humble servant, took care of others and followed
Under 60 years of age refuse because they still may desire to
marry, and other things instead of a life of complete
Jesus Christ. They become less and less busy except in everyone
elses business by sowing discord and speaking gossip.
Verse 14, 15
These younger widows are instructed to marry, and bear children
and guide their homes. Be busy with their families so
as to not give
the devil a foothold to accuse. Some are already fallen away to the
ways of the Wicked one.
Those who are believers and have widows (indeed) in their families
are to care for them and not to burden the church.
Older Christian men who hold office in the church should receive a
double honour, especially those who diligently labor
in word and
The Old Testament teaches us (Deut.25:4) that labourers are worthy
to be rewarded.
Be careful when receiving a rebuke against an elder, without 2, or
3 witnesses. Deut.19:15. These witnesses must be a
witness of what
you are rebuking the elder for, not patsys.
But, if an elder is in sin he needs to be rebuked before all so
they fear doing these sins. We have forgotten how powerful
Before God, Jesus Christ, and certain angels Paul says that
ruling elders were to be impartial and not preferring one over
Dont give a man rule in the church too quickly for he should be
tried first. He needs to be proved so as not to be condoning
sins in his life.
Timothy was instructed to use some wine medicinally for his ailing
Some men you will see their sins and faults very quickly and
openly, but, some will take some time in proving and watchfulness.
- On the other hand the good works in a mans life will be seen and
show themselves in his daily life.
Instructions and charge to Timothy
Masters vs.1, 2
Remind all believing servants (slaves) to honour their masters,
both outwardly and especially inwardly good attitude.
God and the master will see proper Christian behavior.
- Servants of believing masters should not despise them because they
are both in Gods family and should be honored and
they are brothers.
Timothy charged to
teach these things vs.3-5
Not teaching wholesome words Some will not teach what they
should but find and teach their own doctrine.
These people are proud, ignorant men that give too much regard to
things that only bring on questions instead of answers.
teachings produce strife instead of peace, envy instead of
contentment and evil suspicions instead of godly love and edifying.
Also come wicked arguments and debates from the wicked thinking
instead of truth. Gain is not an indication of godliness and
who think so and teach it are to be avoided.
Living holy lives and being content with what God gives you is the
We came into the world with nothing and it is certain we will
leave with nothing.
Food and clothes on backs should satisfy us.
Verse 9 Money
problems! Seeking riches open the door to temptation to sin and
snares of the devil. The end of these things is destruction
The love of money is the root for all kinds of other sins. A love
for money will cause you to depart from your trust in God and
reaping of many sorrows.
Men of God are to flee these ways of destruction and follow after
1. Doing right 2. Holy living 3. Trust in God 4. Love like God
5. Wait on God 6. Be humble
Fight the fight of faith right to the end heaven!
A personal charge to Timothy before the Lord Jesus Christ (Who
testified a good witness before wicked Pilate).
Keep what I have commanded wholly so none can rebuke you with any
credence, Till Jesus comes back!
Jesus Christ will someday show His Power and Kingship above all.
He is immortal we are given immortality. He dwells in light
purity, holiness which we cannot approach or see. He is to be
praised and honoured.
If any person be rich, remind them not to be prideful or trust in
their riches but in the God Who gave it to them.
Those rich in monies should do good works and be willing to give.
Their focus should be on storing up heavenly things against the
end so that genuine saving faith is evident.
Paul encourages Timothy to be a good steward of what God has
entrusted him with Jude 3. Steer clear of babbling,
unholy speech. Also stay away from those who oppose God with their
Be careful of those who trust in knowledge, apart from the
scriptuires for they have left the faith Grace to you brother.
The Bible is like no other book in that it is not a book of
better ways or advice. The Bible is Gods instructions for life.
Christians the Lord has given us His word in 1 Timothy on how to
behave and run His church. We would do well to study and
teachings. All of us at times have wondered if God just might not
know exactly the situation I am in or confronting as a pastor
leader. My counsel is that God knows and has already addressed the
problem in His word. We have to decide if we are going to
these teachings and guidelines without wavering.
Gods mercy is greater than ours, as is His love, compassion
We must believe that when our emotions and thinking
go contrary to sound biblical counsel. If there is a right way to go
Gods Holy Spirit promptings and guidance and put away
those thoughts and feelings that go against the scriptures. What a
God to give us all we need to oversee and guide His sheep.
Each of us should be thankful for books such as 1 Timothy which
a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Lean on it
pastor, trust it, depend on it and build the church on it sound