be against the word until he found God, and God even forgave him for persecuting the believers. Paul knew that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and Paul admitted, himself, he was a great sinner.
Paul shows an example of Jesus' longsuffering life to those who believe in him and in everlasting life (1:12-17). Paul then charges Timothy to carry out his responsibility to keep what Paul preached concerning Jesus. The charge is to have faith and a good conscience.
In chapter two Paul is once again encouraged to stay in Ephesus and spread the good word and battle the blasphemy. Paul now introduces to Timothy the matters that are of concern to the church. He begins with a prayer, where he tells who we should pray for and the reasons why we should pray for them. His thought is that men should pray everywhere they are, lifting up their prayers without doubting (2:1-8).
Women are to conduct themselves properly according to Paul. This means apparel worn with modesty and moderation, but it also includes good works, as it is proper for women professing godliness. Also MARRIED women should learn their faith in silence with all respect for their husband (See the COMING Article: "Women in The Church"). He based this restriction in the relationship of Adam and Eve and that the man came before the woman. Paul reminds the women about childbearing and that they should continue in faith, love, and holiness with self-control (2:9-15).
In chapter three we find the qualifications necessary for those who would like to serve as bishops in the local churches (3:1-7). Paul then explains the purpose of writing this epistle. Even though Paul hopes to come soon, he writes to Timothy so that Timothy will be able to conduct himself in the church as the leader in the truth (3:14-15). Paul also brings up the "great mystery of God" that he was manifested in the flesh, also known as the coming of Jesus (3:16).
Chapter four begins with describing how the spirit will be revealed in times when many people are straying from faith. This falling away would come about as people gave in to false teachings.
Paul also makes it clear that all foods are acceptable if they are received with thanksgiving, because The Lord said to Paul in a vision that they are all right to consume (4:1-5). In the last half of this chapter we find Paul instructing Timothy how to become a good Minister of Jesus Christ by instructing the brethren in matters pertaining to doctrine. Timothy should be careful to avoid foolish fables, rather exercise himself to godliness (4:6-10). Though Timothy is young he shouldn't let anyone despise him for that. Instead he must demonstrate the proper example of how a believer should speak and live. Paul assures Timothy that if he follows these instructions his progress will show, and that he will save himself and those he brings to Salvation In Christ Jesus (4:11-16). This chapter describes the church and its various members.
Chapter five begins with all the Church [members] in general, urging all to consider other members as family (5:1-2). The next, major section is devoted to the widows of the church, urging the honor of "widows indeed" (5:3); that is, TRUE Widows. Younger widows are expected to remarry and have children, while widows with children and grandchildren are to be supported by their own family rather than burden the church (5:3-16).
Several remarks are made regarding elders. Elders are worthy of honor, especially those spreading the word. Accusations against an elder are not to be taken seriously unless there are two or three witnesses. Those elders who are sinning need to be publicly forgiven so they are free of fear (5:17-20).
The final chapter begins with instructions concerning servants and their duties toward their masters, especially toward those masters who believe (6:1-2). A descrip
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