To labor, command, and teach, 1 Timothy 4:9, 1 Timothy 4:10, 1 Timothy 4:11. But whether God had this Church alone in view, I dare not affirm. i. i. Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey (48 A.D.), Map of Paul's Second Missionary Journey (51 A.D.), Map of Paul's Third Missionary Journey (54 A.D.). Smith's Bible Dictionary 3. (2.) Timothy became a new convert of Paul the within Greece in the ancient world during the first century Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. To give up himself wholly to the Divine work, 1 Timothy 4:15. Continue in them - i.e., In taking heed to thyself and to thy doctrine; for this must be thy continual study. dblquote He was a wise knowing man, and yet must still be profiting, and make it appear that he improved in knowledge. It may be understood either of the office to which he was advanced, or of his qualifications for that office; if of the former, it was ordination in an ordinary way; if of the latter, it was extraordinary. They have in all probability been added by a later hand. To give attendance to reading and preaching, 1 Timothy 4:13, 1 Timothy 4:14. Their discourse must be edifying, and this will be a good example: their conversation must be strict, and this will be a good example: they must be examples in charity, or love to God and all good men, examples in spirit, that is, in spiritual-mindedness, in spiritual worship, - in faith, that is, in the profession of Christian faith, - and in purity or chastity. to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. It was customary in ancient times to mark those with a hot iron who had been guilty of great crimes, such as sacrilege, etc. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. From charizomai; a gratuity, i.e. We have here a prophecy of the apostasy of the latter times, which he had spoken of as a thing expected and taken for granted among Christians, 2 Thessalonians 2. It is a prophecy not only of St. Paul's, but of Daniel's too; or rather of Daniel, confirmed and approved by St. Paul. Those gymnastic exercises, so highly esteemed among the Greeks, are but little worth; they are but of short duration; they refer only to this life, and to the applause of men: but godliness has the promise of this life, and the life to come; it is profitable for all things; and for both time and eternity. Though Timothy had extraordinary gifts, yet he must use ordinary means. See the preface to this epistle. journey from Rome to Philippi (Philippians 2:19-23). 1706. Lose nothing that God gives, and improve every gift that he bestows. One of the great instances of the apostasy, namely, giving heed to doctrines of demons, or concerning demons; that is, those doctrines which teach the worship of saints and angels, as a middle sort of deities, between the immortal God and mortal men, such as the heathen called demons, and worshipped under that notion. They shall depart from the faith, the faith delivered to the saints ({cf11ul Jud 1:3}), which was delivered at once, the sound doctrine of the gospel. Ephesus. There appears to have been such a body of elders in each particular city or district. The blessing of God makes every creature nourishing to us; man lives not by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God ({cf11ul Mat 4:4}), and therefore nothing ought to be refused. j. This, therefore, is a prophecy, not merely dictated by private suggestion and inspiration, but taken out of the written word. 1 Timothy 4:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Timothy 4:14, NIV: "Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you." hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; “What a high honour is this to faithful ministers, that they should be styled saviours in a sense!” (Trapp), iii. Jesus is the Greek name for the Hebrew name Joshua or Y'shua which means This is the very essence of Christian worship, to worship the one true God, through the one true Christ; and to worship any other god, or any other mediator, is apostasy and rebellion against God and against Christ. 1 Timothy 4:14, ESV: "Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you." Men must be hardened, and their consciences seared, before they can depart from the faith, and draw in others to side with them. Deformant Maculae! There is a great deal to be got by godliness; it will be of use to us in the whole of our life, for it has the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. But the question is, Will the profit balance the loss? ; or rather, through the hypocricy of liars, having their conscience, etc. And the heathens supposed that even in the other world they bear such marks; and by these the infernal judges knew the quantum of their vices, and appointed the degrees of their punishment. Observe, Those are good ministers of Jesus Christ who are diligent in their work; not that study to advance new notions, but that put the brethren in remembrance of those things which they have received and heard. When apostles laid their hands on men, they ordinarily received the Holy Spirit with this imposition. Asia Minor during the first century A.D., the time of the New Observe. Instruction and The Local Church - Chapter 3 third missionary journey. In charity - Εν αγαπῃ· In love to God and man; show that this is the principle and motive of all thy conduct. And has not the great idolatry of Christians, and the worship of the dead particularly, been diffused and advanced in the world by such instruments and agents? Click on the different category headings to find out more. "IV. To conduct himself with that gravity and prudence which might gain him respect, notwithstanding his youth: ldblquote Let no man despise thy youth; that is, give no man an occasion to despise thy youth. Forbidding to marry - These hypocritical priests pretending that a single life was much more favorable to devotion, and to the perfection of the Christian life. Taken in the opposite, we see that the cost of failing to take heed to one’s life and doctrine is high. 1 Timothy Images and Notes. Concerning Timothy's age see the conclusion of the preface to this epistle. Having their conscience seared with a hot iron - They bear the marks of their hypocrisy as evidently and as indelibly in their conscience in the sight of God, as those who have been cauterized for their crimes do in their bodies in the sight of men.