Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
May 20, 2020
1 Timothy– my humble translation and things to ponder
Today, I continue on a 26-week journey discussing the writings of Paul – the man who wrote a significant portion of our New Testament.
I began with 16-weeks covering Romans and have moved on to 6-weeks on 1 Timothy and will finish up with 4-weeks on 2 Timothy.
As always, I will be providing my humble translation and some things to ponder.
1 Timothy 4:1-16
4 The Great Apostasy
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
My Humble Translation: Here Paul is warning ‘the church’ to be wary of manmade rules and practices that were not directed by God. Basically, his argument is that if all that God created is good or for good, then why would any foods be forbidden, or why should some people never be married?
Ponder This: It seems to me that no matter what ‘religion’ people choose to believe that there are rituals to follow – most of which are manmade, not God directed. God simply wants a one on one relationship with each of us and there is no need to follow any ‘church’ rules – just God’s Commandments.
A Good Servant of Jesus Christ
6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.
10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
11 These things command and teach.
My Humble Translation: Here Paul states that ‘spiritual exercise’ has far more benefits than ‘physical exercise’. That it would benefit us much more to be a good minister of God’s word and the teachings of Jesus, than to focus on our earthly body and looks.
Ponder This: What if all the people who spend countless hours in a gym each week, were to match that time spent with their Creator – and then sharing His word with others?
Take Heed to Your Ministry
12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
My Humble Translation: Finally, Paul is giving encouragement to his young follower Timothy, to not be discouraged if some didn’t give him respect because of his youth – we must remember that in the Jewish religion only elders were elected to high office and could therefore command respect. He goes on to tell him – do not give up.
Ponder This: Jesus made it brutally clear that teaching God’s word and gaining respect isn’t only for the elders…after all His ministry on earth was over before his 34th birthday.
One More Thought
The Right Direction
Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow. Psalms 5:8
Father God, hold us in your arms.
Protect us from the troubles of this world.
Shield us from Satan’s attacks and lies.
Direct us in the right direction; your way, not ours.
Make clear your way because we often follow the wrong road.
Father, we trust in You. You will never fail us, even though we fail you daily. Forgive our ineptness and save us from ourselves. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis – with All the Glory to God