1 Timothy Chapter Four
1 Tim 4:1 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;
The Holy Spirit of God speaks clearly, doubtlessly, unquestionably and unmistakable that in later times some in the assemble will leave the true faith once delivered to the saints and will give attention to deceiving spirits and the teaching of devils. That happened on a large scale and in time it came to be known as the Roman Catholic Church.
1 Tim 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
This church will speak lies deceitfully with a pretense of piety because their moral conscience will be rendered insensitive.
1 Tim 4:3 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.
These are some of the traditions or doctrines that those that depart from the faith will be teaching as the commandments of God. There is only ONE FAITH that has EVER taught and commanded these two things, and one is STILL taught and commanded, while the other was discontinued in the early '60's
Side Note The above three verses were used by the Holy Spirit of God to bring to my mind the Catholic Church that I was in. The following three verses along with others about not even having to go through Jesus to get to God, (John 16:26-27; Heb 4:16) much less a priest or Mary, and about "not of works" (Eph 2:8-9) just about cinched what Andrew (my son) was telling me in 1991.
Matt 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Matt 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Rom 14:5-6 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
1 Tim 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
We can eat anything we want, any time we want because EVERYTHING that God made is good and fulfills God intended purpose, except for man
1 Tim 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
What we eat is blessed and made holy by the Word of God and by prayer before the meal. The Word that sanctifies it can be found in Genesis chapter one. God created everything in six days in that chapter and He said, "it was good" six times in that chapter.
1 Tim 4:6 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.
Verse 11 tells us how Timothy is to put the brethren in remembrance of these things. COMMAND and TEACH. What things is he to command & teach? The things spoken of in this letter, not just this chapter.
If he does these things he will be a good minister because he is trained up and educated in the Word of the faith that is unto salvation and the doctrine that Jesus commanded to be taught in the Great Commission. (Matt 28:19-20) He can do this because he has attained this knowledge. That is he has come to understand it. He has conformed to it and followed after it. He is CAPABLE.
1 Tim 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
He is to avoid and reject silly tales, stories or teachings, and train himself to be holy.
1 Tim 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.
The training of the body, as the word exercise comes from a Greek word used in the training of athletes, does not give us as much benefit as the exercise, or the performing of the things that God commands. Godly exercise can benefit us here and now, and in eternity. This will be BLESSINGS here in THIS life and REWARDS in HEAVEN.
1 Tim 4:9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
Paul tells Timothy that what he is telling him is sure and trustworthy and worthy of all importance and understanding.
1 Tim 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.
The word "specially" means explicitly and expressly and this means that salvation is ONLY of those that believe.
1 Tim 4:11 These things command and teach.
1 Tim 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, (behavior) in charity, (agape love-spiritual, not physical love) in spirit,(moral consciousness) in faith,(belief- fidelity) in purity.(innocent-morally blameless)
The physical age of a leader or shepherd has no bearing on the minister. It is the spiritual age that matters.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
We age spiritually by studying the Word of God.
1 Tim 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Timothy should be busy in study of the Word of God and in giving comfort and the appealing of obedience to the assembly and to teaching the assembly.
1 Tim 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.
He is told to exercise the gift of leadership that was committed to him by prophecy. That is the gift could be foreseen in him before he started teaching and shepherding. Other elders acknowledged the gift
1 Tim 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
He is to keep these things in mind constantly, that his profiting, or growth in faith may be seen by all.
1 Tim 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.
Timothy is to take hold of the things Paul wrote to him. That is to grasp them and pay attention to them and put the things to use, and do the same with the doctrine of Christ. By doing this he will "save", the word here means "protect", himself and the other believers.