1 Timothy 4 Outline
– Apostasy and teachings derived from demons will arise in the last days (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
– God creates the world and everything in it for mankind because he love them (1 Timothy 4:3)
– Everything God create is good (1 Timothy 4:4-5)
– Always rebuke those who are wrong with God’s words (1 Timothy 4:6)
– Cultivate godliness and have no fellowship with godless myths and wives tales (1 Timothy 4:7-8)
– Don’t put hope on the things of the world but put your hope on the eternal life (1 Timothy 4:9-10)
– Always speak and teach God’s words to the people around you (1 Timothy 4:11)
– Never let anyone look down on you because of your young age (1 Timothy 4:12)
– Continue to do God’s work diligently (1 Timothy 4:13)
– Exercise your spiritual gifts (1 Timothy 4:14)
– Give your maximum effort to labor for God (1 Timothy 4:15)
– Live out what you preach (1 Timothy 4:16)
1 Timothy 4 Bible Study
In 1 Timothy 4:1-2, in the last days, many false teachings that are derived from deceiving spirits and demons will emerge. Such teachings are taught by hypocrites, who have already departed from the way of God to promote false teachings, to justify themselves. These hypocrites will not feel the guilt in their heart over practicing such falsehood because they have rejected the truth.
The devil always deceive by mixing deception into the truth. For example, nowadays, many preachers use secular music with an excuse to reach out to the non believers. Listening to the secular music is a sin because secular music is of the world and the bible tells us not to have any fellowship with the world (1 John 2:15-17; 1 John 2:16; Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 5:11). It is just like how the serpent deceived Eve into eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil by deceiving her that her eyes will be opened and be as smart as God and not die if she eat the fruit (Genesis 3:1-7). The purpose of the devil is to deceive so that we can disobey God’s commandment and be led astray.
We must always examine every teaching we heard from the preachers according to the standards of the Bible. Not all preachers preach the truth so we must examine them according to the biblical standards (1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1). You can pray for the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes to see the truth so that you can discern whether a teaching is the truth or deception (John 14:26).
In 1 Timothy 4:3-5, these hypocritical teachers forbade people to marry and don’t eat certain food. The choice of marrying or not marrying is up to us. Pastors can marry as well. In 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, a married person is concerned of how to please his or her spouse while an unmarried person is concerned of how to please the Lord. All food, that are received with thanksgiving prayer can be eaten because it is consecrated by God’s words in the prayer. We should abstain from eating blood, food offered to idols and meat of strangled animals (Acts 15:29). Whatever you are eating or drinking, you should pray first and ask Jesus to cover and cleanse it with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
In 1 Timothy 4:6, Paul said that if Timothy point these things out, he will be a good minister. If you see someone sinning, you should rebuke them with God’s words so that they know their sins and turn away from their wickedness to God. In Ezekiel 33:6, if the watchman saw the sword coming but did not blow the trumpet to warn the people, God will hold him accountable. If you see someone sin and ignore him, God will hold you accountable for it on judgment day.
In 1 Timothy 4:7-8, we must not believe in myths and wives tales. For example, the Catholic bible contain many additional books, which are not included in the protestant bibles. The Catholic bible is wrong. God said that he will punish those who add or subtract words from his words (Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19; Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32). Rather, we must be godly. Paul compares physical training and godliness. Just like physical training, you need to work hard to build up your relationship with God such as pray, read the bible, worship God, and doing God’s works.
In 1 Timothy 4:9-10, we must not focus on accumulating material wealth on earth but give ourselves in serving God. If you faithfully obey and serve God while on earth, you will have rewards in heaven.
In 1 Timothy 4:11, Paul commands Timothy to command and teach these things. It is the responsibility of every Christian to preach the gospel and evangelize people. When you know God’s words, you should teach it to others so that others can be edified.
In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul instructed Timothy to not let people look down on him but set an example in speech, life, love, faith and purity. Christians should always set themselves a good examples by having all the godly values so that other people can see the testimony of Jesus Christ in us. If you set yourself a good testimony, people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. If you don’t have a good testimony for Jesus, other non believers couldn’t see any change in your life after you accept Jesus and they will not want to come to believe in Jesus.
In 1 Timothy 4:13, Paul exhorted Timothy to continue in the public reading of scripture, preaching and teaching. Ministers and church workers should be faithful in doing their duties. They should also do more than their scope of duties. Instead of just treating their ministry like a job, they should carry out their ministry with a purpose to serve God.
In 1 Timothy 4:14, Paul tells Timothy not to neglect his gift, which is given to him through a prophetic message when the elders laid hands on him. Everyone has a gift of God. Each of us has a different gifts from God (Romans 12:6-8). We must use our spiritual gifts to serve God and further his kingdom. The spiritual gift is endowed on us by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-5). There are various kinds of spiritual gifts including word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues.
In 1 Timothy 4:15, Paul encouraged Timothy to give his maximum effort so that his progress can be seen evidently by all. Christians should not just go to the Sunday service. They must give their all by sacrificing their time, money and strength for God in order to make progress in spiritual maturity. For example, you should do your best to care for the needs of other brothers and sisters. You should spend time to pray, worship and read the bible daily.
In 1 Timothy 4:16, Christians must watch their life and doctrine closely. We must live out what we preach otherwise we will become a stumbling block to other believers (Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13). If you don’t live out what you preach, the non believers will not be able to see a good testimony of Jesus in you. From time to time, we should examine the different areas of our lives to see if we have offend God in any way.