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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Four

V.18 (cont’d.)

** We will look in detail at each component of Paul’s command, but first; what does Paul do with his command back at the beginning of verse 18?

He entrusts it to Timothy. Paratithemi refers to committing something of value to another.
cf. 1Timothy 6:20 and 2Timothy 1:14

** What two reasons does Paul have for trusting Timothy with so serious a command?

First - Timothy was Paul’s “son” in the faith. Paul knew his character and commitment to the word of God. cf. 1Timothy 1:2, 2Timothy 3:14-15, Philippians 2:22

Second - Paul knew what God had said about Timothy through “prophetic utterance”. The apostles gave the church the doctrine of God (Acts 2:42), while the prophets within the church spoke of more practical matters at the divine direction of God Himself
(Acts 21:10-11). cf. 1Timothy 4:14

** So let’s look closer at Paul’s command, what was the first thing he wanted Timothy to do?

“...fight the good fight...” Good is from kalos, meaning intrinsically good, noble, excellent, or virtuous. As Timothy took his stand for God’s truth, he was to do so while maintaining spiritual integrity in his own heart. cf. 1Timothy 4:16, 6:12, Jude 1:3

** How does the first part of Paul’s command to Timothy serve as a wake-up call for this young servant of Christ?

Timothy was placed there in Ephesus to “instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines”. His life was about to become a battlefield! Enemies of the cross and the very Word of God would rise up to try and defeat this godly young man, but he must make a “Conscientious Effort” in representing and defending the truth. cf. 1Timothy 4:12, Ephesians 6:12

V.19 ** What was the second part of Paul’s command?

“...keeping faith...” This faith is a reference to the Christian faith, the gospel, the Word of God. Keeping the faith means holding fast to that revealed truth. Timothy was to guard and proclaim God’s gospel of saving faith. cf. 1Timothy 4:13, 2 Timothy 4:1-2

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