Read 1 Timothy 1:1-2
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Q. What do we learn about Paul in these verses?
Paul is an apostle, sent by God. He is like a soldier who has an assignment/mission sent by God. He is under Christ’s command.
Q. What is his primary mission?
Go to share the gospel to all the nations
Read verse 3-7
“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.”
Scripture summary: Paul has instructed Timothy to remain in Ephesus, and to be aware of wrong teaching. He said that he should not listen to myths and lies.
Q. What is the result if you ‘major on the minor’ things?
These causes arguments and disputes, leading them astray and having idle talk – talking about things which aren’t relevant.
Q. What is Paul saying the purpose of the word is?
Love. “The goal of this command is love.”
Q. What is legalism and why is that a problem?
noun, excessive adherence to law or formula/rules/regulation
Paul is trying to say that teachers sometimes abuse the word. He talks about the purpose of the commandments God has given. The price has already been paid for us because of his grace, and not because we must follow any rules. Some ‘teachers/preachers’ use the law of the bible to beat people and judge them, which is wrong. We must approach unbelievers with love and not judgement.
Read Galatians 3:24
Q. What should our attitude be towards unbelievers and they behaviours?
Be patient, don’t throw stones and judge them. Instead show them love, lead by example, pray for them and as they get closer to God, their hearts and behaviours will transform as they are convicted by the word of God. Although our salvation is not based on our appearance or behaviour – we should still set a standard for our lives to honour Christ.
Heavenly father, I pray for your wisdom and conviction, so we can do what is right and for us not to judge others who don’t have the same conviction as us. But let us lead by example and show love and the spirit of the fruits to one another.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.