Bible Reading and Commentary November 3-8, 2014

Bible Reading and Commentary
November 3-8, 2014

I TIMOTHY – This is a letter Paul wrote chiefly to a young pastor named Timothy. His letter to him is one of spiritual encouragement. Much of what is written applies to all of us.

Monday, November 3. I Timothy 1
v. 9— The statement, “The Law is not made for the righteous” applies to us Christians only in that Jesus has kept the Law perfectly for us and freed us from its curse of eternal damnation. As Christians we still will obey the Law out of love for Jesus’ redeeming work on the cross. (Rom. 13:9-10)
Vv. 13-15 — The author of “Amazing Grace,” John Newton, described himself before he was saved as an “infidel, a libertine and a servant of slavers in Africa.” As God’s grace, His undeserved loving-kindness revealed in the Gospel, saved him, so it was God’s grace that also saved the Apostle Paul. Read carefully Paul’s description of his life before and after his conversion in vv. 13-15. Are we really any different from Paul? (v. 15) So it’s by God’s grace alone that we, too, are saved.
v. 20 — The “handed over to Satan” is a reference to church discipline which we know by the modern term of “excommunication.”

Tuesday, November 4, I Timothy 2
Vv. 1-2 — In your private family devotions, do you daily include the president and government in your prayers? In v. 2, notice the blessed purpose of such prayers.
Vv. 11-12 — What is it that God forbids a woman to do in the Christian congregation? She is not to teach or to have authority over a man. That role of authority for man began already in the Garden of Eden. Read verse 13.

Wednesday, November 5, I Timothy 3
Vv. 2, 12 — Notice that overseers and deacons in the early Christian church were not women, but men. Overseers today would be pastors and teachers. Deacons would be members who serve on boards. Paul clearly sets forth the qualifications for them and for their wives. This is an important chapter to read over before choosing qualified men to serve on boards in our congregation.

Thursday, November 6, I Timothy 4
v. 2 — A “seared” conscience is one that is calloused because it has continually compromised with sin. Verse 3 lists some of the sins that come out of such a condition.
v. 16 — While Paul is speaking here particularly to Timothy, a young pastor, this verse applies to all of us. Not only is our spiritual life at stake when we turn away from God’s Word and live an immoral life like the world, but so are the lives of others. To stay spiritually secure which we do when we build our lives on Jesus Christ, our Savior, and to lead others to Jesus by our example and confession, we need to watch our lives and doctrine closely. Doctrine is that part of God’s Word that teaches us how we are saved and how we are to live as Christians.

Friday, November 7, I Timothy 5
Vv. 2-16 — Paul devotes so much ink to widows because there was no Social Security that would help to take care of them. If the families did not take that responsibility (v. 8), then the church stepped in to help. It seems that some were tempted to keep their money and rely on the church to take care of their family members.
v. 17 — The “elders” were the closest we come in the New Testament to what we call pastors and teachers today. What is the “double honor”? Perhaps it is financial support (v. 18) and special respect because they handle the Word of God.
v. 23 — Alcoholic beverages are not forbidden us. Drunkenness, however, is. Cf. I Cor. 6:9-11.

Saturday, November 8, I Timothy 6
v. 10 — Saving money and spending it is not sinful. Loving it is.
Vv. 11-12 — Once we become Christians, we are never to sit in a rocking chair and just rock. We are to be very spiritually active. We are to pursue righteousness, fight the good fight of faith, and we are to take hold of eternal life.

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