“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Summary: Paul was talking to Timothy, acknowledging his previously lifestyle of blasphemy and prosecution. He acknowledges that he deserved punishment, but he didn’t receive it.
Q. Why does Paul say this in the middle of his testimony?
He is expressing his pain and in that moment, he had to thank God. He had a spontaneous emotional response of gratitude and love.
Q. What does Paul mean by eternal?
That God is the beginning and He has no end.
Q. What does immortal mean?
Somebody that doesn’t die. Power over death.
Q. What does invisible?
Something that is there but cannot be seen.
Praise if for what God has done, and worship if for who He is.
Tip: If you are struggling with worshipping, try singing the word!
“Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,”
Summary: Paul is telling Timothy how to minister, and he wants him to minister according to the prophesies that has been previously spoken of you.
Q. What are the prophesies?
Words being predicted about your life/future that comes from God spoken through a prophet. (There are also other messages that can come from other powers/spirits that are not from God).
Q. How is Paul describing the ministry?
He is describing that ministry as a battle which is difficult.
There are internal and external challenges in ministry, which the devil can use to challenge you. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
Q. Why is it important to have a good conscience as leaders/ministers?
This is where we hear from God through discernment and wisdom. If we ignore the voice of God, our hearts will get harder and the voice will get quieter, and then we don’t even notice the choices of our decision making.
Read v19 -20.
“holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.”
If we don’t listen to our conscience, it will lead to destruction. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.”
Q. What is this sort of discipline? (sinning deliberately)
Tough love and correction.
We thank you that you are gracious and merciful, and we pray that you speak to us so we can have that spirit of discernment allowing you to lead us. Give us the strength and ability to encourage and support those who are leading astray on the wrong path.
In Jesus' name, Amen.