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I Timothy
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I Timothy

The tenth of Paul's Epistles, and the fifteenth book in the New Testament, is I Timothy. It was written around 64 AD to Timothy, one of Paul's closest friends, who he had converted 15 or so years earlier.

The letter was written shortly after Paul had visited Ephesus, where Timothy had been positioned as Paul's representative. Paul hoped to one day return, but this letter was written to give Timothy advice on his ministry in the meantime.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
1.
Speaking about how elders should be treated, Paul commands that all be treated equally. He gives this command before God, Jesus and who else?
The Holy Spirit
The elect angels
The chosen saints
The righteous prophets
Those that sin should be rebuked, no matter who they are.

I Timothy 5:19-21
"Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 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"
2.
The letter opens with Paul's condemnation of false doctrines. Which two things does Paul say men should pay no attention to?
Lies and rumours
Fables and genealogies
Gossip and tittle-tattle
Stories and false histories
These things create questions rather than answering them. What Paul wants is for Christians to be filled with love and faith.

I Timothy 1:3-5
"As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned"
3.
Who is it that Paul says should not teach, but rather should remain silent?
Children
Drunkards
Women
Sinners
This is because, says Paul, Eve was deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden.

I Timothy 2:12-15
"But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety"
4.
Paul says that God is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, who no man has or can, what?
See
Know
Imagine
Compare to
God exists in the light which no man can approach.

I Timothy 6:13-16
"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; that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 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"
5.
Paul says that in the last days people will listen to the doctrines of who or what?
The doctrines of devils
The doctrines of deception
The doctrines of demons
The doctrines of denial
Some in the Church will turn away from Christ and listen to evil spirits.

I 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"
6.
The false teachers, says Paul, will forbid marriage and which other thing?
Having children
Eating meat
Owning slaves
Drinking wine
We may eat any animal we wish, says Paul, as long as we are thankful to God for it.

I Timothy 4:2-5
"speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 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. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer"
7.
A widow who wishes to become a church worker must be at least how old?
40 years old
50 years old
60 years old
70 years old
Younger widows are more likely to remarry and so should not be accepted as church workers.

I Timothy 5:9-12
"Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, 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. But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith"
8.
As he has for bishops, Paul also says what kind of person a deacon should be. What does he say deacons should hold in a pure conscience?
The mystery of the faith
The word of Jesus
The position of authority
The Books of the Law
The wives of deacons must also be faithful, honest, sober and serious.

I Timothy 3:8-13
"Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 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"
9.
We brought nothing into this world, and so we should be content if we have just which two things?
Charity and love
Health and strength
Faith and hope
Food and clothing
To have more than we need can lead us into destruction.

I Timothy 6:7-10
"For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 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. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows"
10.
Who does Paul say must be blameless, have only one wife, vigilant, sober, well behaved, hospitable and able to teach, amongst other things?
A monk
A cardinal
An abbot
A bishop
A bishop must also not be greedy, violent or jealous. He must be patient, able to keep his children in order and must not be a recent convert to Christianity.

I Timothy 3:2-6
"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil"

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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