1 Timothy 1
Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus give us instructions and qualifications for the ministry. A very large number of today’s ministers have been inappropriately ordained contrary to these qualifications, which is a main cause of the doctrinal drifting and accelerating apostasy of the past decades.
We are ALL called to be priests of our God, making this a very important subject; as the books of Timothy and Titus teach us what WE ALL must do, and how we must ALL live; to qualify as Kings and Priests and enter into the resurrection to eternal life.
The beginning of First Timothy has to do with the marriage relationship between a man and women as an allegory of the relationship that Christ wants with his called out bride; and then leads into the qualifications for the ministry.
Paul identifies himself as an apostle, which I am sure Timothy already knew, thus indicating that this instructional book was for the whole Ekklesia.
1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
At the very beginning of this Epistle, Paul reminds Timothy and all elders throughout the ages of their principle duty to teach all people to zealously live by every Word of God
1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge [command] some [the elders and teachers] that they teach no other doctrine [than the whole Word of God], 1:4 Neither give heed to fables [false teachings] and endless genealogies, which minister questions [contentions], rather than godly edifying [building up in godliness, which is teaching the whole Word of God] which is in faith: so do.
1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity [Godly Agape love, which is the keeping of every Word of God in enthusiastic zeal] out of a pure heart [genuine godliness in the works of faith, and not the pretense of mere lipservice like we do in the Ekklesia today], and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Then as today, many desire to be teachers and leaders without proper qualifications, not really understanding the sound doctrine of the whole Word of God. Think they are teaching the truth, not realizing that they are in gross error from the scriptures.
1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling [turned aside from the whole Word of God to empty words of false traditions and their own imaginations]; 1:7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
Paul declares that the law of God is GOOD, but must be used lawfully [That is, the law must be kept in the manner that we are commanded to keep it]. For example calling the Sabbath and High Days HOLY, which is the law; and then not keeping them according to God’s commandments regarding HOW to keep them.
1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
The righteous man has the law written on his heart and mind, according to the New Covenant of Jer 31:31. Yes, we need to study to fully learn and live by the Word of God, the truth of the Word of God is revealed through patient diligent study and following the lead of the Holy Spirit of truth.
The law has no penalty and contains no threat to those who keep it, while the law is a threat to all those who break it.
If we stop at a stop light, there is no fear of a ticket, but if we run a red light, then a penalty enters in. So it is with God’s Word and if we love and keep God’s Word, there is no fear but rather the promise of eternal life; and if we break God’s Word and law, there is a penalty attached, which is eternal death.
1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for [the law was made and exists to restrain wickedness] the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane [which includes any compromise with, or turning aside from zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God, as is endemic in today’s Ekklesia], for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind [homosexuals], for menstealers, for liars [including false teachers, and those who use and spin a small part of a larger truth to deceive about the larger truth], for perjured [perjuring] persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine [God’s Word condemns anything which is contrary to the sound doctrine of the whole Word of God]; 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of [The Gospel is the whole Word of God and not just some part of the scriptures] the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
Now the concept of God the Father’s call and sincere repentance is brought in, as Paul explains that he a sinner, was called by God to Christ.
1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
No man understands or believes God, until he is called out of sin by God the Father and called to espousal with the Son, and his mind is opened to the wonders of God.
God’s calling to godliness is by the Grace of God!
Grace is not permission to continue in sin, Grace is a calling out from and deliverance from the bondage of sin!
1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Paul tells us that he being very wicked, was extended the Grace [Mercy] of God; as an example that every sinner no matter how wicked, may also obtain mercy in their proper time through God’s calling.
1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained [received] mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Paul then makes the point that he had put two persons out of the assembly because of unrepented blasphemy, proving that no willful sin is to be tolerated in our assemblies. He commands Timothy and all future elders, leaders and teachers to have faith and the works of faith, in good conscience towards the whole Word of God.
1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1 Timothy 2
Paul admonishes us to pray for all men [including our enemies]. This is often misunderstood as praying for their physical blessing, when we are really to pray that they will sincerely repent and turn towards godly conduct, or at least be peaceable towards the godly.
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority [pray for rulers that they do not persecute us by making laws attempting to force us to do anything contrary to God’s Word]; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
We are to pray for all people that they come to a knowledge of the truth and of godliness.
When we are persecuted; do not pay “Get this fellow,” rather pray in a forgiving and loving attitude asking God to forgive them and open their eyes to what they are doing, to the truth, and lead them into sincere repentance and godliness.
Pray for all people as you would pray for a beloved child that has gone astray.
2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2:5 For there is one God [the Father], and one mediator between God [the Father] and men, the man Christ Jesus [Jesus as a physical man gave his life for us, after which he was resurrected to spirit ad returned to God-hood.]; 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Paul’s calling was not by men and his ministry was not by any ordination of men.
2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
Paul commands as a part of Holy Scripture that we should put aside all anger and hatred and pray for the good of all people. Remember the word’s of Christ as he was about to die, and also remember the word’s of Stephen as he was ready to die. “Forgive them for they know not what they do”.
2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Women are instructed to avoid seductive proud dress and personal appearance, and instead of spending hours on hair and makeup to spend their time on godly works. This does not mean that women should not look their best, it means that moderation is needed in such things as makeup. In fact, overdoing makeup tends to detract from natural beauty; and is a measure of pride and vanity [they do not call makeup the vanity industry for nothing].
Nowhere do the scriptures condemn makeup, but Paul and the principles of scripture do insist on moderation. I suggest that it is not appropriate for anyone to spend more time on makeup and hair than they do on bible study, prayer and godly works. It is also wrong to dress so as to tease and tempt men.
2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Women are to be silent in the formal assemblies, and at home they are not to be contentious arguers, or to be constantly nagging like a continual dripping. They are to show proper respect for their men, both in and outside the formal services.
2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach [the men in the formal services, because it usurps the authority of the men], nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Women will be saved by obeying God, just as the men are to obey God. God has ordained that the woman be subject to and be a help for her husband. The reason for this arrangement is so that the woman who led the man in rebellion in the garden, could learn obedience; while the man who followed the woman and not God, could learn to follow God.
To reject their God assigned roles is to reject the Word of God and to earn the reward of sin. To fulfill a wife’s God assigned role and to be a strong support [in the Lord] for her husband; brings salvation [as long as she also keeps all the other things in God’s Word]. Beyond that, as death came into the world by a woman, so by the childbearing of women, life is continued in the physical world
2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity [if they continue in the agape love of God and living by every Word of God] and holiness [which is the keeping of the whole Word of God] with sobriety [living in moderation].
1 Timothy 3
The term bishop was chosen by the translators according to their religious experience and properly means elder. There is nothing wrong with desiring to be an elder as we are all called to become the priests of God. An elder in the biblical sense is simply one who is older in the faith and well experienced in life so that he is able to help his brothers and sisters.
Older brethren who meet these standards and who are manifestly already ordained by God, being well known for their godly wisdom and passionate zeal for the whole Word of God, are to be set apart and made known to the brethren by public ordination.
Nearly all of today’s elders were ordained improperly as children [under scriptural the 30 year age for ordination]; not for any godliness but for other reasons including loyalty to men and corporate entities in place of any loyalty to God.
1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop [an elder], he desireth a good work.
These qualifications are mostly easily understood in the physical realm, but each one also has its spiritual counterpart.
3:2 A bishop then must be blameless [in keeping God’s Word], the husband of one wife [must be or have been married to one wife at a time if widowed, and must be absolutely faithful to his one wife], vigilant [against all sin], sober [be spiritually awake and of a sound mind and of good judgment], of good behavior [living by every Word of God], given to hospitality [friendly and helpful to other brethren], apt to teach; 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker [not given to bullying others], not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler [not aggressive or contentious], not covetous; [of position]
3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity [must have a full experience of raising children] ; 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
3:6 Not a novice [must be spiritually mature, fully grounded on every Word of God and have proven himself to be a godly person over an extended time of years], lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued [sayng one thing to one person and saying another thing to another person], not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience [being absolutely faithful to live by every Word of God].
3:10 And let these also first be proved [tested over time]; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of [only] one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3:14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 3:15 But if I tarry [delay] long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God [the Ekklesia], which is the church [Ekklesia, brotherhood, family] of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
There can be no argument that the wonders of the scriptures are impossible to understand by the mind of man. The Word, plan and mind of God is so absolutely incredibly awesome!
3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified [the Creator was made flesh] in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles [the Samaritans and Phoenicians, the Romans and Greeks in Judea, and from there around the earth], believed on in the world, received up [resurrected back to God-hood] into glory.
Brethren, nearly ALL of today’s church leaders and most of the elders were wrongfully ordained by men, not meeting the scriptural requirements for ordination.
This is one of the root causes of today’s pathetic Laodicean situation. The brethren follow men and not God, and their leaders and elders follow an idol of a man and not God. Their Shining Light of godly example has flickered out.
The answer is in plain sight. We have let our Light of godly example go out, becoming just another one of many mainstream churches while adding a pretense of the Sabbath.
The answer is to turn to a passionate zeal to please Almighty God and to live by every Word of God.
Hear the Word of the LORD!
The vast majority of the Ekklesia call the Sabbath holy; and then they regularly pollute it by cooking, going to restaurants and otherwise working or paying others to work on the Sabbath.
The neglect of the sanctity of the Sabbath was a major reason why God sent Israel into captivity in the past and it is a major reason why Jesus Christ will reject the latter day church of God groups and cast them into the correction of great tribulation.
We have NO zeal for the teachings and commandments of Holy Scripture and instead stand on our false traditions. We water down the scriptures on the Sabbath and we reject the scriptures in favour of the false teachings of mere mortal men.
Nehemiah 10:31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
We are commended to keep the judgments and live by every Word of Holy Scripture; which define and are the righteousness of God in print. We are called to learn and keep the letter and the spirit and intent, of the entire body of scripture.
Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Blessed are those who repent and are zealous to learn and keep all the sayings of the entire scripture; including those who are zealous for the Holy Seventh Day [Fri sunset to Sat sunset] Sabbath; commanded at creation by our Creator.
56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
Love and zeal for the sanctity of the Sabbath is the first step on the road to salvation for it gives us a time to learn of our Maker and a time to study his Word, often at great personal cost; it indicates to God the Father and to Jesus Christ, how much we love them.
Those who lose jobs, friends, family and physical comfort and wealth because of their zeal for God’s Sabbath; will have great blessings from God including eternal life.
Those who like Esau are willing to sell the birthright of their calling for the physical pleasures of this world and who STEAL God’s time to use as they want, shall fall into great correction and if they will not repent they will fall into destruction of the spirit as well as the flesh.
Zeal for the Sabbath brings us close to God as we take the time to study and learn of him on HIS time.
56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
The physical eunuch is a type of those who are ostracized from others because of their zeal for the Sabbath and all the holy scriptures, because they are zealous for God the Father and Christ and not for the false ways of human leaders who water down doctrine and pollute the Sabbath.
Those who are ostracized for their zeal for God will find themselves being given eternal life with many, many, others, who are also zealous and will all be a part of the Family of God.
56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house [God’s Family] and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
The promise is to Israel and also to the Gentiles who are zealous to live by every Word of God and maintain the sanctity of the holy seventh Day Sabbath [Fri sunset to Sat sunset].
Zeal for the Sabbath is a sign of both the Mosaic and the New Covenants: Those who lack zeal for the sanctity of the Sabbath, lack zeal for their covenant relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ.
56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
The zealous for the teachings, commandments and Holy Sabbath, every Word of God; will be accepted by God the Father and will be welcomed in the House [Temple] of God.
56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
When Jesus Christ comes and gathers together the outcasts of Israel to himself, he will also gather the Gentiles to him; for all the earth shall repent and turn to zeal for all the Teachings, Commandments, Word and Will of God; and to a zeal for his Holy Sabbath Day!
56:8 The Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
Because we call the Sabbath holy and pollute it; because we have no zeal for the ways of God and yet are filled with zeal for our idols of men and organizations who teach us to depart from zeal for the Word of God; We shall be rejected by Jesus Christ (Rev 3:14-22) and thrust into the fiery furnace of correction.
The beasts of the forest and the beasts of the field represent the nations of the Gentiles
56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
The leaders of today’s physical nations of Israel are ignorant of the things of righteousness; and the watchmen, leaders and elders of spiritual Israel are spiritually blind; they are asleep and not giving the warning.
Yes, they speak of prophecy but without understanding, because they will not live by every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ. They have been given over to spiritual slumber because they have no zeal to live by the Word of God.
56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
The leaders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are like greedy dogs each doing his own thing and never being satisfied with what they are demanding. They water down the Sabbath and the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture to try to attract personal followers.
A good understanding is withheld because of their lack of zeal for God’s Sabbath and for living by every Word of God the Father.
56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
They fill themselves with the strong drink of their own imaginations, and become intoxicated with pride and their own ways.
They say the end is near to extort income, while they really believe that “My Lord delays his coming”. This is demonstrated by their grand construction projects.
56:12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
We have God’s own promise that if we turn to him we shall find a blessing
Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
1 Timothy 4
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
This is fulfilled in the spiritual Ekklesia today, notably in their apostate Rabbinic Calendar addiction. They lie saying the Rabbinic Calendar was used by Christ when it was not even finalized until 1178 A.D.! Their misnamed “Hebrew Calendar” is chock full of outright lies as well as false assumptions and departures from scripture.
They also lie in many other areas, teaching that one need not and should not be zealous to live by every Word of God or to keep the Sabbath as the scriptures command; teaching people to blindly follow idols of men, and teaching many other falsehoods.
4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. [Eating meat sanctified by the Word of God; that is eating scripturally clean meats is lawful.] 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 4:5 For it is sanctified by [the meat that we eat must be from those creatures which are sanctified by the Word of God] the word of God and prayer.
Leviticus 11 reveals what has been sanctified by God for human consumption and what is forbidden. Many have tried to put this in terms of what is physically good for us and what is not; when the real purpose of setting apart the clean from the unclean is to teach us to make a difference between the holy and the profane.
4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
4:7 But refuse profane [unholy things and false teachings] and old wives’ fables [the false traditions of men], and exercise thyself rather unto godliness [Work at learning and living by every Word of God].
Spiritually exercising the mind and spirit is far more profitable for the spirit, than physical exercise is profitable for the physical body; therefore why exercise the body and neglect to exercise the spirit in prayer, study, thinking on godly things and living a godly life?
4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Paul and Timothy both labored to help others towards godliness and were willing to suffer for their zeal for the whole Word of God; which is the duty of all elders AND brethren!
4:9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
4:11 These things command and teach.
The word “youth” is relative and does not mean that Timothy was a child. Men of 60 consider men of 45 to be youths. The sense of this is that there were people older than Timothy in the congregations, and that Timothy was to treat them with respect, but he was not to feel intimidated by them.
Now comes a partial list of the duties of an elder. They are to be Shining Lights of examples of zealous godliness
4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity [Godly agape love which is the keeping of the whole Word of God], in spirit, in faith [which includes the works of faith, which is a zealous keeping of God’s Word], in purity [from all sin] . 4:13 Till I come [All subsequent elders are to do likewise until Christ comes, and forever after that], give attendance to reading [the scriptures], to exhortation [exhorting to zealously live by every Word of God], to doctrine [the sound doctrine of the whole Word of God].
The called out are all called to be priests of God and we are not to neglect the gifts of our calling and of God’s Spirit. The elders, leaders and all of the brethren in the Ekklesia are not to neglect spiritual things, but we are to exercise ourselves spiritually towards true passionate godliness.
4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery [congregation, brethren] .
4:15 Meditate [think deeply] upon these things; give thyself wholly to them [to all these things and to all godliness]; that thy profiting [spiritual growth may be known to all; this instruction is for us also, that our spiritual growth may be a Shining Example to all] may appear to all.
4:16 Take heed unto thyself [to remain zealous and faithful to God], and unto the doctrine [the sound doctrine of the whole Word of God]; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee [We shall be saved by our zeal for godliness, our zeal to internalize the whole Word of God, that we may become of ONE mind and ONE spirit with God the Almighty] .
1 Timothy 5
Instructions on how elders are to treat the brethren. For many years this instruction about elders has been misapplied to falsely insist that no minister is to be rebuked for their sins.
Paul is forbidding bullying and is instructing the ministry to treat older people with the respect and honor due to parents; to treat the younger men as their own brothers; to treat older women as if they were our mothers; and to treat the younger women as if they were our own sisters.
1 Timothy 5:1 Rebuke not an elder [do not bully an older person, or any person], but intreat him [with the respect due a father] as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
Take care of the true widow who is completely alone; but those who have family, let their own families help take care of their relatives and live a godly life, and not be a burden to the Ekklesia. This is also an instruction regarding spiritual widows. If any spiritual widow [whose husband has abandoned her] has relatives in the faith, they and their relatives should care for each other and not burden the Ekklesia.
5:3 Honour widows that are widows indeed. 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite [care for] their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
A true godly widow has no help, but places all her trust in God; dedicating herself to please God and to the godly serving of others.
But if a widow [or a man] is wonton and living in the pleasures and lusts of worldliness;’ they are spiritually dead even if they are physically alive.
5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 5:7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
In this context we are commanded to provide for our own families including our widows, and our widows are commanded to be a help for their physical relatives in the faith and also to their spiritual relatives.
The concept is that widows are not to be a burden to the community of faith, while being lazy and wonton but are to serve as they can; while those who are related to widows are to help and provide for those widows; that the assembly be not unduly burdened.
The following also concerns those who mistakenly give large offerings while neglecting the needs of their wives, parents and children that God has blessed us with.
We are NOT to give to the organization until it hurts! We are to fulfill the responsibilities that Almighty God has given us in regards to our families first, before making any voluntary offering. I am speaking of voluntary offerings here.
We are to properly care for the family that God has blessed us with.
5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
To be supported by the Ekklesia a widow must have been the wife of only one man and must be at least 60, the inference being that she could not be expected to earn her own living after the age of 60. It should be self evident that a younger widow with health problems or with young children should also be cared for.
5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man.
Paul outlines some of the good works of faith expected of widows. A woman who is destitute and supported by the Ekklesia is not to sit about in idleness. She is to visit the sick, encourage and teach the younger women, care for others and generally be a Shining Light of godly service and example; while diligently studying and living by every Word of God. Our older women have very much to offer and can be a huge help in the Ekklesia.
Every person has their own gifts and all should exercise those gifts in service to the brethren, to the edifying and building up of the whole body; even the aged who can do nothing physically, can still labor in prayer and wise advice.
5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
Reject supporting any younger widows who have not yet proven to be trustworthy in godliness, and are idle busybodies; not being zealous to live and serve in godliness.
This means that strong young women [able to work and care for themselves] who go about in idleness and do not serve the Ekklesia in godliness; should not be supported by the brethren; they should work and support themselves. The Ekklesia need not support the idle lazy; the widows are to work and contribute for their own support if they can, and are not to be idle and lazy. Obviously those who are ill, handicapped or with young children would be an exception.
5:11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry [outside the faith]; 5:12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Paul recommends that younger women marry.
Some have mistakenly thought that Paul recommends that people not marry; that is an erroneous idea. Paul recommended that some not marry because of the circumstances of severe trials they were going through in that particular area; but overall it is God’s will from the very beginning; that we marry.
5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 5:15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
Here Paul comes to the point: We are to care for our own, and are not expect others to fulfill our family responsibilities for us.
5:16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
Those elders who labor in the sound doctrine of the whole Word of God are to be honored. The term “honor” is a reference to supporting and providing for those who work for your spiritual growth and bring to you the words of salvation.
5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
Paul teaches that at least two witness are needed to establish the guilt of an elder. In fact the law requires at least two or three witnesses to establish any matter. This requires witnesses to the actual event, hearsay and rumor are not to be accepted; nor are half truths and spin.
5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
1 Timothy 5:20 Them [speaking of elders but referring to all willfull sinners] that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
Of course most churches do not follow this instruction to rebuke sinning elders before all.
Many of them are also infamous for taking a tiny fraction of a larger truth and spinning it to appear to mean the opposite of what it does mean in its proper context.
No person is to be ordained without a long experience in the faith and much good fruit in zeal for the whole Word of God. We are not to be partakers of the sins of others; for example associating with drunkards, or eating in restaurants on the Sabbath, or going to another person’s home for a big meal on the Sabbath.
5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
This is a personal matter for Timothy’s apparent bad health and is not an instruction for us to become wine bibbers.
5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
The sins or good works of some are obvious, while in other cases they may not be known until much later.
5:24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 5:25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
1 Timothy 6
1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
Those who find themselves servants, [and employees] should serve with respect for the authority of their masters.
6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
This is a powerful condemnation of today’s elders and leaders who teach people to follow idols of men, corporate entities and false traditions; and to reject any zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.
6:3 If any man teach otherwise [contrary to the scriptures], and consent not to wholesome words [of scripture], even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness [the whole Word of God]; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6:6 But godliness [living by every Word of God] with contentment [not lusting after physical gain] is great gain. 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Pursue after godly things which are eternal and do not covet after physical riches which are vanity and vapor. Many have compromised with the pursuit of godliness for physical gain.
We see this tragedy with those who compromise with sound doctrine and turn aside from any zeal to obey God, in exchange for the hope of physical gain.
6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after [many are willing to compromise for gain, and have erred from sound doctrine for the hope of money and numbers], they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Godly people are to flee covetousness [unlawful desires] and the watering down of doctrine to attract more attendees and money; which is a great sin.
6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
ALL Godly people both men and women, are to fight the good fight for the whole Word of God, and are not to compromise with their zeal for God’s Word.
6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, [We are to be a LIGHT of godly example; Shining an example of zealous godliness brightly before all.] and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Paul commands Timothy and through him the whole people of God, to be zealous to live by every Word of God far above any concern for worldly things. As also Wisdom saith.
Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
1 Timothy 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded [proud because of their physical possessions], nor trust in uncertain riches, but [Trust] in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
6:18 That they [the wealthy] do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate [God’s Word]; 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come [laying up a spiritual reward in heaven], that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
This instruction to Timothy is, by being recorded as Holy Scripture; also an instruction to all of God’s people wherever and whenever they live.
1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.