There is another thought that we have not covered. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". It is very clear throughout the epistle that the Ephesians had leadership problems. 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. How can you grow in them? This does not mean he has no sense of humor, or that he is always solemn and somber. nomodidaskalos. Love than melts your hear. And it is not only a good work, but possibly the noblest work one can give themselves to. How did it turn out? But the Law cannot be used to teach legends and long lists of names of ancestors." It seems that 1 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy sometime after his release from Roman imprisonment as described at the end of the Book of Acts and was written from Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3). BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Timothy 1:7". They work hard but ultimately trust that God will meet their needs, as they seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness (Matt 6:33). Maybe an encouraging word to consider these areas in they're quite time with the Lord would help them to see your concern for them. Again, these are qualities of spiritual maturity. He does not keep a list of all the wrongs done to him, or hold a grudge. Are you sober-minded—serious about God and the things of God? * [ 3:1 ] This saying is trustworthy : the saying introduced is so unlike others after this phrase that some later Western manuscripts read, “This saying is popular.” 2:8; 1 Tim. Prioritizing one’s family is a sign of spiritual maturity. 1 Timothy 3:1–16 Qualifications for Overseers. The passage in 1 Timothy 2:1-7 consists of two units. No list of qualifications for presbyters appears in 1 Timothy. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. When it says that the elder does this “without losing his dignity” or in a “manner worthy of full of respect” (NIV), it means that the elder’s house should be a model for others. (2000). 2 Timothy 1:7. The spiritually mature seek to be above approach, even in areas where there is freedom. Application Question: Why is it so common for pastors and missionaries to have unfaithful children or ones that fall away from the faith all together? The exhortation in 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul confirms by pointing to the spirit which God has given to His own people: οὐ γὰρ ἔδωκεν ἡμῖν ὁ θεὸς πνεῦμα δειλίας] By ἡμῖν, Otto understands not Christians in general, but the apostle and Timothy in particular as office-bearers. Second Timothy 2:24-25 says, And the Lord’s slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books. However, these men love God, his Word, and his people and, therefore, seek to serve them. Chicago: Moody Press. The enemy wants to destroy them because when they fall, many others fall. I would like to look briefly at a couple of Scriptural passages that speak to this subject of empty talking. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. The Whole Letter is encouraging Timothy (or a believer) for Gospel. It can be a major stumbling block in ministry. We should desire and pursue ministry opportunities to serve and honor God. The passage in 1 Timothy 2:1-7 consists of two units. 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: to guard the deposit (p. 80). The Law has absolutely nothing to do with your salvation or keeping your salvation. When God typically calls us to anything, including becoming an elder, he simply gives us the heart for it and the discipline to pursue it. 1 Timothy 1:7 Translation & Meaning. Application Question: Why is it so important for the elder’s life to be above approach? It is a noble ministry to serve and care for God’s people. Explanation and Commentary of 2 Timothy 1:7. Are you praying for your spiritual leaders? Essentially, Paul says elders should not be “contentious.” They are not arguers—always fighting over something. 2 Timothy 1:7, ESV: "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." And he must be well thought of by those outside the faith, so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil’s trap. It has been said in business, “Find someone with character, and then, teach them the skills.” And no doubt, this is God’s method. As we go through the qualities of an elder, it should challenge us to grow as they represent spiritual maturity, but it should also challenge us to be the type of person God can use for his glory and to lead his people. Say someone has always had a strong faith that God will take care of them, but has begun to worry about how they are going to make it in coming months. Serving God and people is a noble task that pleases God. “Or the matters about which they make confident assertions”: The “matters” in this verse would include the strange doctrines in 1:3. 2 Timothy 1:1–7. They desire to serve God and people, and they pursue this service in various ways. The spiritually mature are motivated to serve and seek avenues to use their gifts, while the spiritually immature are content to sit on the sidelines. 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Praying For Others 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Praying For Others. Essentially, they represent different qualities and roles of these leaders. Matt 25:23). After teaching about prayer and the roles of men and women in the church in chapter 2, he moves on to the leadership in chapter 3. The early church used it during the Lord’s Supper (cf. Why is leadership so important? Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. 1 Timothy (p. 110). He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. I could stand before you and read Einstein"s theory of relativity but I certainly would not understand it. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. And an apostle; and am immediately called by Christ, and sent out upon that employment. Are you a lover of wealth? God has given us the spirit “of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Consider this: With the spirit of God’s power, love, and sound mind, we can set out to face any challenge that is before us. Related Topics: Christian Life, Ecclesiology (The Church), Issues in Church Leadership/Ministry, Leadership, Greg Brown earned his MA in religion and MA in teaching from Trinity International University, a MRE from Liberty University, and a PhD in theology from Louisiana Baptist University. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. ("Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;"). See Titus 3:9. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:20-21). 1865-1868. I might even tell you emphatically that it was true, yet I cannot teach it, because I don"t understand it. Chicago: Moody Press. Are you giving attention to your heart—your character? Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1 Timothy 1:1-7 New International Version (NIV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. The Concluding Remarks (1 Thes. Teaching is a characteristic of the spiritually mature. In general, how can we maintain a blameless life? BibliographySchaff, Philip. It is a quality of spiritual maturity. “I know,” wrote St. John to the Christians of Smyrna, “the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9). There is a bit of a difference. While the mature are identified by being different from the world, the spiritually immature are often worldly—bearing the marks of the world (cf. Consider 1 Peter 5:1-2: To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; (NIV 1984). Those whose teaching undermines God"s absolutes in the realm of personal morality are speaking vain words. It means that there are no legitimate concerns about this man’s life that anyone can hold up and criticize. For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. "If you think you comprehend this confusion you just don"t understand the situation.". Nashville: Thomas Nelson. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, “Ignorance is rash;” as he says that, “puffed up by their carnal mind, they intrude into things which they know not.”, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. https: They did not grasp the force either of their own propositions (hence resulted βέβηλοι κενοφωνίαι), or the nature of the great topics—Law, Philosophy, etc.—an which they dogmatised, hence their inconsistencies, ἀνιθέσεις τοῦ ψευδωνύμου γνώσεως (1 Timothy 6:20). 5. Application Question: What are your views on the use of alcohol? "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". 2. First Timothy 5:17 says, “Elders who provide effective leadership must be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in speaking and teaching.” All elders must be apt to teach, but only some specialize in preaching and teaching. The Bible verse 2 Timothy 1:7 coming under 2 part where Paul try to remain his heritage and uplifting his faith which disturbed during the second arrest of Paul under Nero. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 1:7". 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