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LESSON 1 - TIMOTHY 1 BIBLE LESSONS

FIRST TIMOTHY INTRODUCTION

The Purpose of the Epistle

The burden of the Apostle Paul in this epistle is that Christians would be found walking according to the due order of God̓s house, and thus, a testimony would be rendered to the world of the true character of God as the Saviour-God and as the Creator-God. Paul charges Timothy with an apostolic mandate to lead the saints in doctrine and practice to this end.

In order for Timothy to present the moral order of the house to the saints, he needed to understand it clearly himself.

Hence, Paul said, 1 Timothy 3:14-15 (KJV) 14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Paul, therefore, proceeds to set before Timothy the moral order of the house according to the mind of God so that Timothy would have a pattern to work with in leading the saints in a line of conduct that was suitable to the house. God has preserved this inspired epistle for us so that we would have the pattern of His house in our hands, and thus know how to conduct ourselves in it.

What is the House of God in Christianity?

We might ask, “What is God̓s house?” The simplest answer is: it is God̓s people. God̓s people are God̓s house in the Christian dispensation.

In Old Testament times, the house of God was a literal building made of stones and timber and overlaid with gold (1 Kings Chapters 5 and 6). Since the house of God was a physical building in Old Testament times, some have mistakenly thought that it is also something outward and physical - such as the meeting room, or hall, in which Christians meet for worship and ministry in Christianity. This, however, is a misunderstanding. God̓s house today is not a literal building made with men’s hands; it is “a spiritual house” composed of believers on the Lord Jesus Christ who are viewed as “living stones” in its construction -
Hebrews 3:6 (KJV) But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
1 Peter 2:5 (KJV) Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

As mentioned, the house of God in Christianity is God̓s people. But since ruin would overtake the house very early in the history of the Christian testimony, and there would be a mixture of both true, believing people of God in the house as well as merely professing people, Scripture presents God̓s house in two aspects.

Two Aspects of the House of God

As God dwelt in His house of old, He dwells today in and among believers (Ephesians 2:22 (KJV) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit; John 14:17 (KJV) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.).

As mentioned, there are two aspects to this in Scripture:

Firstly, believers are seen as “living stones” in God̓s “spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5 (KJV) Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ; 1 Corinthians 3:9a (KJV) For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building). The house in this aspect is viewed as being under construction and will not be complete until the last believer is saved and put into the structure (Ephesians 2:20-21 (KJV) 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord), whereupon the Lord will come and take the Church home to glory at the Rapture. Christ is the Master Builder (Matthew 16:18 (KJV) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it) and Administrator (Ephesians 3:9 (KJV) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ) of its construction. He is also Son over the house (Hebrews 3:6 (KJV) But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end).

Secondly, the house of God is viewed as “the habitation of God” on earth (Ephesians 2:22 (KJV) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit; 1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV) But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth; 1 Corinthians 3:9b (KJV) For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building). In this aspect He is dwelling in the house presently, and men are seen as having a part in the building of the house. Some men are building with good material and some with bad material (1 Corinthians 3:9-17 (KJV) 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are). Consequently, much disorder has come into the house, and it has now become like “a great house” full of confusion and ruin. The house in this aspect has a mixture of real believers and merely professing believers (1 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV) If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are; 2 Timothy 2:20 (KJV) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour; 1 Peter 4:17 (KJV) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?)

Since the Holy Spirit dwells in the house, falsely professing Christians who are also there are “partakers of the Holy Spirit” in an outward (superficial) way, without actually being indwelt by the Spirit (Hebrews 6:4 (KJV) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost). Compare, in type, Exodus 30:25-29 (KJV) 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy; with Exodus 30:30 (KJV) And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.

Some of the differences between the two aspects are:

The first aspect views the house as being true believers only. The second aspect sees both the true believers and the merely professing believers mixed together. Accordingly, no local assembly is ever called the house of God in Scripture; the house of God is a larger sphere than the local assembly, and in this second aspect it embraces the whole Christian profession on earth.

In the first aspect, the house of God is viewed from the side of God̓s sovereignty (Ephesians 2:20-21 (KJV) 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord); in the second aspect, it is viewed from the side of man‘s responsibility (1 Peter 4:17 (KJV) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?).

In the first aspect, Christ is the Builder (Matthew 16:18 (KJV) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it); in the second aspect, men are viewed as having a part in the building process (1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (KJV) 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire).

In the first aspect, people become part of the house by believing the gospel; in the  second aspect, people come into the house by making a profession of faith in Christ (2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV) Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity), or by being baptized (which is the formal means of entering it).

In the first aspect, believers “are” the house (Hebrews 3:6 (KJV) But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end; 1 Peter 2:5 (KJV) Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ); in the second aspect, believers (and falsely professing believers) are “in” the house (1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV) But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth; 2 Timothy 2:20 (KJV) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour).
In the first aspect of the house, the Spirit of God dwells “in” believers (John 14:17 (KJV) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you; Acts 2:4 (KJV) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance); in the second aspect, the Spirit of God dwells both “in” and “with” [or among] believers (John 14:17 (KJV) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you; Acts 2:2 (KJV) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (KJV) 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are).

The first aspect is sometimes called “the house of reality;” whereas the second aspect is sometimes called “the house of profession.”

The house of God in the Old Testament had two buildings adjoining each other - the house of the LORD (1 Kings Chapter 5 and 6) and King Solomon’s own house (1 Kings Chapter 7).

These two buildings are a type of the two aspects of the house of God today. The house of the LORD (the temple) was open to all who came to God to worship Him, even having a court for the Gentiles. However, not all of those who went into the temple precincts necessarily had real faith. It is a picture of the second aspect of the house of God today where there is a mixture of real believers and mere professors. Solomon’s own house was a series of inter-connected buildings that were closed to all but himself and his family. Gentiles who visited the land, and others in Israel, did not have access there. It is a type of the first aspect of the house which is composed of true believers only, those in the family of God. (See “The Synopsis” by J. N Darby on 1 Kings Chapter 5 and 7.)

The House of God, a Vessel of Testimony

The two main figures the Spirit of God uses to describe the Church of God in Scripture are “the body of Christ” and “the house of God.” The Church, viewed as Christ’s body, is found in only four epistles, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, and Colossians, but the Church seen as God̓s house is found in almost every epistle. God̓s house, therefore, occupies a far larger part of New Testament Scripture. The main thought as to the body of Christ is manifested unity, whereas the main thought of the house of God is a public witness.

The Church, viewed as a house, is God̓s vessel of testimony on earth. As mentioned, the great purpose of the house of God is to set forth the true character of God before the world. The Apostle Peter shows this in his first epistle. After speaking of God̓s house as “a spiritual house,” he says that those who compose it are to “show forth the excellencies of Him” who has called them “out of darkness into His marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:5-9 (KJV) 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light). Men should be able to look at God̓s house and know God. We can team certain things about the occupant of a house by looking at his house. If the garden is unkempt, there is trash around, the house needs paint, etc., we can conclude that it probably will be the same on the inside, and thus, it gives us insight as to the kind of person that the owner is. Conversely, we can look at a well-kept home (from what meets our eye) and conclude that the owner is probably an orderly person. Hence, we have insight into his character too. God intends that it would be the same with His house; He desires that His character should be seen clearly in the order of His house.

Since God̓s people constitute God̓s house, the world should be able to look at us, as far as our character and ways are concerned, and know the true character of God. As mentioned, the house of God has to do with God̓s public witness on earth, the focus of this epistle is on what is outward, what is seen by men. Hence, the epistle does not deal with the internal privileges of the assembly. Mr. J. N. Darby said, “Everywhere here the subject is that which is suitable outwardly to an outward walk, that which is seemly with respect to the world. There is nothing inward, nothing of the soul’s relationships to God; but everything refers to the public testimony suited to the position of men in this world....The Apostle gives these directions with a view to outward order; for the maintenance of that which is respectable in the eyes of all.”

This line of truth is a much-neglected side of things. Christians will often say, God is not concerned about what we look like outwardly; it is what is on the inside that matters. First Samuel 16:7 is sometimes quoted to support this - 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. But this very verse only enforces the point that we need to pay attention to our outward testimony. Since men cannot see what is in our hearts, only God can see that, they have to look on what is outward. And what do they learn about God by looking at us? Certainly the most important thing is to have a relationship with God inwardly by faith (a life of communion), but it is not the only thing that Christians should be concerned about. We have a responsibility in connection with how we are seen before the world, and how our personal testimony reflects on God. This is the burden of the Apostle in this epistle.

The Character of the House

Since the great purpose of the house of God is to set forth the true character of God before the world, the Christian’s business here in this world is to manifest His character in two main ways:

As the Saviour God - His disposition in grace toward all men is to be testified in this “due time” (1 Timothy 2:3-6 (KJV) 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time). The glorious gospel of the blessed God” is to sound out from God̓s house (1 Timothy 1:11 (KJV) According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust).

As the Creator God - His moral standards are to be manifested before all men. (Moral standards of conduct are not a Christian revelation; such have been required of men from the beginning of the creation.) Since holiness becomes God̓s house (Psalm 93:5 (KJV) Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever), all in the house are responsible to maintain holiness in their lives. (Godliness is alluded to many times in the epistle, and for that reason, it has been called, “The Epistle of Practical Godliness.”)

These two themes run throughout the epistle. The first pertains to the testimony we speak, the second pertains to the testimony we live. Since a house takes its character from its occupant, God̓s disposition toward men as the Saviour-God and His rights as Creator are both to be displayed in those who compose His house.

Believers are in the House at all Times

Being a part of the house of God, Christians are in it at all times, not just when they are assembled with other Christians in Bible meetings, as commonly thought. Since we are always in the house of God, we are responsible to represent God at all times. Therefore, the things that Paul insists on in this epistle, concerning doctrine and practice, apply to believers in all spheres of their public lives. This is done by announcing the gospel of the grace and glory of God to all whom we meet, and by maintaining His moral standards of conduct in our lives.

TEST - LESSON 1 – TIMOTHY 1 BIBLE LESSONS

TRUE OR FALSE

1. God has preserved this epistle for us so that we would know how to please others.
2. Since holiness becomes God̓s house, all in the house are to maintain holiness in their lives.
3. Men should be able to look at God̓s house and know God.
4. His disposition in grace toward all men is to be testified in this “due time”
5. Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD look on the heart.
6. Believers are out of the House at all Times.
7. The glorious gospel of the blessed God is to sound out from God̓s house.
8. As the Saviour God – His moral standards are to be manifested before all men
9. We are responsible in how we are seen before the world, and how our testimony reflects on God.
10. The burden of Paul in this epistle is that Christians would be found walking according to order of God̓s house

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