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1 Timothy 1:3-7

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Do I serve God because...

a) I desire God?
b) I desire what God can give me?
Agape love - is neither of the above.
Our motivation should be putting someone else’s needs before your own.
c) God desires
forsaking your own desires
2 Timothy 1:3 ESV
I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.
2 Tim
(v3) thank - charis - joyfully given.
reciprocal r’ship between the 2.Grace comes first and thanks given as a reciprocation
joy and gave - similar link.
- parable of money lender with the 2 debtors - he canceled both debts. The one who owes him more will love the lender more.
The only thanks worthy of the grace given to us by God is full devotion to Him.
Thanks God - through service and prayers (v1)
(v1) as did my ancestors - probably referring to Abraham,Isaac and Jacob rather than the more immediate ancestors. Their service out of faith.
‘conscience’ - the morally good and bad
Paul is not flattering
‘constantly in my prayers night and day’ - probably not a ‘non stop’ but whenever he could, at least twice a day and probably time set aside to pray.
2 Tim 1:4-5
2 Timothy 1:4–5 ESV
As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
2 Timothy 1:4 ESV
As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.
2 Tim 4:4
2 Timothy 4:4 ESV
and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
Emotional - tears, longing, joy.
Running things in our minds affect our affections. We need to remember daily what Christ has done for us. In doing that daily, it will affect the way we view and do everything.
Tears - may have been from when they last parted or Timothy witness Paul’s persecution in Lystra or Paul may have been present during Timothy’s conversion.
‘As I remember’ may link to v3 so perhaps a distress Timothy is enduring currently.
‘filled’ - abundance or have much
3 John 3–4 ESV
For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
‘sincere’ - without hypocrisy. a sincere faith in which Paul has seen the fruits of.
contrast to the false teachers in
1 Timothy 1:5–7 ESV
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
1 Tim
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Trials that we go through are temporary. Our faith not tested by God so that He can know whether it is genuine or not because He already knows but so that we can see our faith and others can see our faith.
‘a faith that dwelt’ -
God dwelling in believers, word, Holy Spirit, and sin - are all can be ‘dwelling’ in believers that shows on the outside.
What relevance is referring to Timothy’s family into the picture? It emphasizes the relationship he has with Timothy and that he knows his family.
bringing about a change of mind and influence of reason
Timothy is reminded to rekindle his faith as he’s going through a spiritual low.
2 Timothy 1:6 ESV
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,
2 Timothy 1:6
‘for this reason’ refers to Timothy’s sincere faith that dwells in him
‘remind’ - we should be reminding other people of what God has been working through them and what we are encouraged by. This is what Paul is doing here.
A lot of things Paul is writing here are things that Timothy already knows but are just reminders.
‘fan into flame’ - up or again, alive, fire. Like an ember that you try to fan into flame.
How do we fan? Paul’s letter is to fan Timothy’s gift of God.
Laying of Hands - Miraculous occasion or ordination. Ordination inthis context See 1 Tim 4:11-16
What is the gift that God has given you. Do you know them or do you exercise them?
What is the gift that God has given you. Do you know them or do you exercise them?
Liberalism and Legalism both miss the point about grace.
Liberalism and Legalism both miss the point about grace.
2 Tim 1:
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
spirit - is not referring to the Holy Spirit but rather our attitudes
not of fear - timidity
fear <- contrast -> Power, love & self control
Power - Power that God gives us when we are working to do his will is God’s power. It is the same power that God uses to raise Christ from the dead that is working in us.
Love - Your love for God leads to your love for others makes you put His needs before yours.
Self Control - Discipline, Soberness , not acting impulsively on your desires.
When our claim to be christian is not evidence by our love for him then we make the power of God appear as useless.
fear - timidity
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