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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Two

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V. 6 (cont’d.)

** We know that false teachers can take many forms and only produce “worldly chatter” but where did they go wrong? From what had they strayed?

They had strayed from “these things” which Paul had just listed in verse five. Godly instruction which will always produce “love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith”.
cf. 1Timothy 6:20-21, 2Timothy 2:16, Titus 1:15-16

V. 7 ** The false teachers who “profess to know God” are very ambitious, what is their goal according to verse seven?

They want “to be teachers of the Law”. These people do all their deeds to be noticed by men, and they love the place of honor, while desiring to be called “Rabbi”. cf. Matthew 23:5-7 and 1Timothy 6:3-5

** These false teachers have two main flaws in their character, do you see them here in verse seven?

1) “they do not understand...what they are saying”
2) “they make confident assertions” about their erroneous teaching

The present active participle noountes (translated understand) indicates they were in a continual state of not understanding God’s saving truth. This is truly the “don’t confuse me with the facts” approach to teaching. God’s word was not the standard, but their own pride and ego had determined that they were correct and God was wrong! cf. 1Corinthians 2:14

V. 8 ** These individuals were driven by sinful motives and distorted the Law of God, did that make God’s Law bad?

God forbid! The apostle is quick to add that the Law is good, no matter what men might try to do with it. Paul uses the word kalos for “good”, which can be translated “useful”. The Law is useful because it displays God’s expressed will. cf. Psalm 19:7, Romans 7:12

** Paul says that the Law is good, “if one uses it lawfully”. There is a proper understanding and use for
the Law of God. How do false teachers misuse God’s Law relative to salvation?

They say one can please God through their own efforts and can earn their salvation by keeping the Law. cf. Acts 15:1, Romans 3:20(28), Galatians 2:16, 3:11

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