Epistles of Thomas

November 22, 2008

1 Timothy 4-6

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 23:03

“…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” ( 4:7b-8). I agree that this statement is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. Paul follows this with some advice specifically for Timothy. It would be interesting to know how old he was given Paul’s admonishment not to let anyone look down on him because he is young. What did young mean in that context? 20? 30? The first item on Paul’s list was the public reading of Scripture something that is woefully lacking in many churches today. When I preach I always desire to read the whole passage or chapter at the beginning. I know many preachers who do not read the passage at all or only read a few verses and I do not think this is beneficial. He then commends teaching and preaching, this time among elders saying it is worthy of a double honour. Of course in those days being the public face of the church could get you jailed or killed.

In 6:10 we have an oft misquoted verse: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” It is not money itself which is evil but the love of it which leads people away from God and plunges them into ruin, destruction, and many griefs.


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