December 26, 2021
Thank you! – 62
Merry Christmas – 2021!
In just about a month, I have finished reading and commenting on Paul’s First Letter to Timothy. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, and now 1 Timothy. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. How appropriate that today is the day after Christmas. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 14,585 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first 15 books of the New Testament. It has taken me eight years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
254 people follow this blog every day. Many people have visited this site, with the recent month of October, 2021, that had 1,007 people visit this site. There have been over 81,000 hits on this blog since its inception. I just want to thank all of you. Word Press sent me a compilation that showed that about 52,200 people from 174 other countries have visited this web site since its inception.
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Peace – love – joy
Paul had some final last words for Timothy. He was to guard what had been entrusted to him. He was to avoid idle profane chatter and the contradictions of false knowledge. Some people have been led astray with this false knowledge. However, Paul wished that grace would be with Timothy. Do you wish God’s grace to people?
Paul had a final word for the wealthy Christians. They should not be proud or put their hopes in the uncertainty of wealth. They should hope in God who richly provides everything for everybody. The wealthy Christians were to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share. Thus, their real treasure would be in heaven not here on earth. They would then enjoy a future rich eternal true life with God. Are you willing to share some of your wealth?
Paul said that Timothy should wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ at the proper time. The glorified Jesus Christ is the only blessed ruler, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. He is immortal and lives in an unapproachable light, so that no one has ever seen him or can see him. Thus, he has honor and eternal dominion over all. Paul ended this mini-hymn to the Parousia Christ with the Hebrew Amen. Are you waiting for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?
Paul wanted Timothy to fight the good fight, because he was a man of God. He should pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. He should fight for his faith. He should aim for eternal life that is calling him. He had already professed his faith in front of many witnesses, including God, who gives life to all people. Just as Jesus Christ gave his good witness testimony before Pontius Pilate, Timothy should do the same. Thus, Timothy was to keep the commandments spotlessly. Do you follow God’s commandments?
Paul said that we came with nothing into this world. Thus, we will also leave this world with nothing. As long as we have enough food and clothing, we should be content. However, there is a temptation to be rich. Many people have been trapped by this harmful desire for more wealth that has led to their ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all evil. In their eagerness to be rich, some people have wandered away from their faith in Jesus Christ. They have inflicted themselves with self-induced wounds. How much do you love money?
Paul said that Timothy should teach these things about their Christian duties. Anyone who was teaching otherwise, did not agree with Jesus Christ and his godly sound teachings. These false teachers are conceited and do not understand anything. They have a craving for controversy and disputes. They are envious, dissenters, slanderers, and suspicious. They are depraved and do not know the truth. They misuse godliness, since godliness needs to be combined with contentment. Do you know any false Christian teachers?
Paul said that slaves should regard their owner masters as worthy of honor. The name of God and their teaching should not be blasphemed. If they have believing owner masters, they should not be disrespectful to them, since they all belong to the same church community. In fact, Paul said that these believing slaves should serve the believing owner masters more since they are bringing a beneficial service to the whole believing community. What advice would you give to slaves?
Then Paul explained that some people’s sins are conspicuous, while others are not as well known. So also, good works are conspicuous. Even when they are not, they do not remain hidden long. Can you hide your good works or your sins?
Paul told Timothy not to be partial. Timothy should remember that he is standing in the presence of God, Jesus Christ, and the angels. He was not to ordain anyone hastily. He should not participate in anyone else’s sins. He should keep himself pure. However, he should take care of his health by drinking a little wine. Do you participate in other’s sins?