Notes on 1 Timothy 1
- 1:2 – Paul calls Timothy his “true child in the faith.” Paul obviously has a special, ongoing relationship with Timothy. Discipleship is always happening, not just while our kids live at home or are in our ministry.
- 1:3-5 – Paul considers pure doctrine to be important, but not for the sake of knowledge alone. The purpose of that doctrine is love.
- 1:6 – Too much discussion is a bad thing. Were people spending all their time discussing and not actually loving others?
- 1:7 – Yet Paul is also clear that we must know what we teach. Reading God’s Word daily is important.
- 1:8-11 – Paul sounds Lutheran, talking about the distinction between Law and Gospel and when to use the Law.
- 1:12-17 – God’s love for Paul overflowed, despite his lifestyle. You can always come back to God.
- 1:15 – When Paul says something is “trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance,” we probably should listen. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
- 1:16 – Paul was to be an example to the world of God’s Grace. Every Christian is an example of God’s Grace today.
- 1:20 – I don’t think Paul likes blasphemy much. Ouch.
If anything struck you while reading, leave it in the comments.