1 Timothy 1
1 Timothy 1

1 Timothy 1

1 Timothy 1:1-20 (NKJV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,

2 To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.

5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,

7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.

8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,

11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.

12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,

20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

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6 months ago

There is powerful truth in the Word that will bring deliverance and freedom. Attempted expansion on the way found there is much more detrimental than beneficial, especially when it is turning away from the purpose of love that is to be found in the law, the revealing those things that are so objectionable to the heart of God, while also magnifying His faithfulness that makes us fit to be with Him in spite of our own unrighteousness. The desire to instruct and be seen as elevated in understanding is to miss the purpose of gaining revelation, which is only to impart freedom and deliverance in the sharing of grace. There is a need for fellowship and conversation, but when it comes to the things of God, there need not be any solutions found apart from the truth found in the heart of God, by the Spirit, and in the Word. Any revelation acted upon should be founded in that truth and established on the foundation of the Word. For each of us, there has been given a great mission in the acquisition of our own salvation and deliverance. It is to emulate the Master in offering everything about our lives to the service of others in love. It is not what we know and our ability to present that knowledge that secures us in the presence of the Father for eternity, but rather bearing the fruit of righteousness the Blood purchased access to.

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