Insights from 1 Timothy

I have been going through the book of 1 Timothy using this Bible study as a guide
Walking in Power, Love, and Discipline: 1 and 2 Timothy/Titus

Here are some insights from this book of the Bible written to a young pastor in Ephesus in the early church.

Paul left Timothy in Ephesus when went to Macedonia. 1 Timothy was written so that Timothy would know how to behave in the household of God.

Sound vs. Unsound Doctrine
This is characterized throughout the book – what is sound, what is not. Sound doctrine is from the administration of God while unsound is strange myths, endless genealogies, mere speculation and fruitless discussion.

The goal is to have love from a pure heart, a good conscience and sincere faith.

The Law –

  • some want to teach it
  • is good IF one uses it lawfully
  • Not made for the righteous
  • made for the lawless and rebellious
  • made for ungodly and sinners
  • made for unholy and profane
  • made for those who kill their parents
  • made for murderers, immoral men, homosexuals, kidnappers, liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching according to God’s gospel

A side note from Galatians – the law was a tutor to lead to Christ – to be justified by faith. Before faith came, we were “shut up” to faith. Faith was revealed later. Faith is now here – no longer under the tutor (ie law).

About Jesus Christ – Paul is His apostle, Paul was commanded by Christ to be an apostle.
Jesus is our hope. Jesus is our Lord. Jesus strengthened Paul and put Paul into service. He considered Paul faithful. Jesus’ grace is more than abundant. Faith and love are found in Christ. He came into the world to save sinners. In Paul, Jesus demonstrates His perfect patience – an example for others who believe in Him.
Jesus is the King: eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God.
(from Galatians) faith in Jesus makes us sons of God, baptized into Christ – clothed with Christ. We are all one in Christ. Those who belong to Christ are heirs of Abraham according to promise.

About Timothy – he is Paul’s true child in the faith. He was urged to remain at Ephesus and told to instruct men. The command was entrusted to him. Timothy is called Paul’s son. There are prophecies concerning him. By this he may fight the good fight. He is a good servant of Jesus.

Chapter 2 talks about prayer. Some synonyms used are: entreaties, prayers, petitions, thanksgivings. These are to be made on behalf of all men:

  • kings
  • all in authority
  • for purpose of us leading a quiet life
  • one mediator, Jesus
  • every place to pray
  • lift up holy hands
  • done without wrath or dissension

Jesus Christ – mediator between God and man. He is man and gave Himself as a ransom for all. He is the testimony borne at proper time.
God – there is one God, our Savior, desires all to be saved, desires all to come to knowledge of truth.

The purpose for writing 1 Timothy – how to conduct ourselves in God’s household.

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The Beauty that is a Godly Legacy

Frances Bunts
June 11, 1918 – August 10, 2013

One of my earliest memories is at my Grandma Bunts’ house when I was about 5 years old. I was upset after having to take standardized tests at a local school. Growing up where my world was constantly changing and moving, my grandma’s house in upstate New York was a constant that was always there. Though when we were in the States for furlough, the house we lived in was about a half hour away, we spent much time at Grandma’s house when we were in the US. Her church was a 2nd church home for me. One of my close friends growing up was a girl from her church.

When I graduated from high school in Kenya, my grandma came out to Kenya for my high school graduation. I then returned to the States with her and another couple while my family remained in Kenya. I spent that summer alternating between her house and a cousin’s house who was my age and was also going to Baptist Bible College that fall as a freshman.

In the fall of 1992, I went to Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. My grandma helped move me down to college. She lived about an hour and a half away. I was able to go visit her during my college breaks. Grandma Bunts’ home was my home away from college. She listened to me cry over a boyfriend breakup and gladly listened to me recite the book of Philippians to her. She was a constant in my life of continual change.

After finishing college and a year of working and living in PA, I moved out to Michigan and then got married. Over the years I didn’t see Grandma very much though we would talk on the phone occasionally. Earlier this year I was able to visit her when I was in New York for my other grandma’s funeral. In June of this year, she celebrated turning 95.

Grandma finally was able to go to her true Home and meet her Savior. She faithfully served the Lord throughout her life. A godly example to all those around her, she loved God and was an amazing influence on those whose lives she touched. And those lives were many – those in the church that she grew up in, her husband and 11 children, 36 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She has left behind an amazing legacy of what it means to follow God and serve Him.

Harold & Frances Bunts, 
with 9 of their 11 children: Elwyn, Ruthie, Carol, Doris, Bette Paul, Anita, Kathy & Priscilla
Frances (Grandma) Bunts – with 10 of her 11 children
Right to Left: Fred, Len, Ruthie, Elwyn, Carol, Doris, Bette, Paul, Kathy & Priscilla
Grandma and I – Thanksgiving 2000