1 Timothy 1
|1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour,
and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;||
(1:1) "Paul ... Unto Timothy"|
Although First Timothy claims to have been written by Paul,
many scholars believe that it was written after his death.1
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God
our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia,
that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
Neither give heed to
fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather
than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.||
"Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies."
If we follow this advice we would ignore most of the
Bible -- especially the genealogies found in Gen.10,
1 Chr.1-9, Mt.1, and Lk.3.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a
good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say,
nor whereof they affirm.
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;||
right says that these verses require that homosexuality be illegal.|
Explicit verse #5: For whom the law was made
(1:9) "The law is not made for a righteous man, but"
(1:10) "For them that defile themselves with mankind."
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the
lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and
profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
For whoremongers, for them
that defile themselves with mankind, for
menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed
to my trust.||
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he
counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;||
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I
obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.||
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which
is in Christ Jesus.||
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.||
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ
might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should
hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.||
Now unto the King
eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only wise God, be
honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.||
(1:17) "The invisible God"|
Can God be seen?
(1:20) "Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn
not to blaspheme."
Apparently (see 2 Timothy 2:16-18
and 4:14-15) their "blasphemy" was disagreeing with Paul.
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies
which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away
concerning faith have made shipwreck:
Of whom is Hymenaeus
and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn
not to blaspheme.