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01 January, 2016

Search The Scriptures —Study 1 — 1 Timothy 1

Study 1 From The Book of 1 Timothy Is: 1 Timothy 1

Timothy is reminded of the purpose for which he was left at Ephesus.  Verses 12-17 are a digression in which Paul breaks out into thanksgiving for God’s grace toward him.
1.    What is the nature of the false teaching which Paul attacks? From verses 3, 11, 12, 18 and Gal. 1:8, 9, 12 consider why Paul would not allow any deviation from the gospel.
2.    The spurious doctrine evidently exaggerated the law as a means of righteousness.  How does Paul indicate in verses 8:-15 the limitations of the law and the superiority of the gospel.
3.    Compare your own experience of the gospel with that described in verses 12-17. What outstanding features does Paul emphasize?
Notes
1.    Verse 4.  ‘Myths and endless genealogies’: rabbinical fables (cf. Tit 1:14), and attempts to find hidden meaning in the names of the genealogies of the Old Testament.
2.    Verse 20. ‘Hymenaeus and Alexander’: cf. 2 Tim. 2:17; 4:14. Nothing else is known of these men. ‘Whom I have delivered to Satan’: a form of apostolic discipline with a view to spiritual benefit.  Cf. 1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 12:7.