Resources from 1 Timothy

The Chief of Sinners

WHO among all the Scriptural writers can compare with Paul in the fullness of his testimony to the grace of God? Upon the doctrines of grace, upon the experience of grace, upon everything that has to do with the exceeding abundant grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Paul is the mighty master and the great teacher. If it were right to look at him from an exclusively human...

1 Timothy 1:15

I Was Before

I AM not going to dwell at this time upon the special items of the text as to what Paul was before his conversion, because none of us have been exactly as he was. We have all gone astray like lost sheep, but each one of us has taken a distinct course from all the rest. You might have to describe your trangressions in very different words from those used...

1 Timothy 1:13

Lay hold on Eternal Life!

Mar 19 PAUL was very anxious about Timothy, his own son in the faith. He loved him greatly, and he had much confidence in him; but still he felt that the work of preaching the gospel was such a responsible undertaking, that he could not be too prayerful for him, nor too earnest in exhorting him to continued steadfastness in those things which he had received. So “the old man eloquent”, whose...

1 Timothy 6:12

The Whole Gospel in a Single Verse

Feb 28 I SPOKE, yesterday, with a brother minister, who had been a pastor in America, and I asked him why he was so anxious to go back again where the climate had so greatly tried him. He answered, “I love the people to whom I preach.” “What sort of people are they?” I enquired. “Well,” he replied, “they are a people who come together anxious to get good. They do not...

1 Timothy 1:15

Eternal Life Within Present Grasp

Feb 6 “LAY hold on eternal life.” Observe that this precept is preceded by another — “Fight the good fight of faith.” Those who lay hold on eternal life will have to fight for it. The way of the spiritual life is no easy one: we shall have to contest every step of the way along which it leads us. “Contest the good contest of the faith” would be an accurate rendering...

1 Timothy 6:12

A Great Gospel for Great Sinners

May 3 WHEN Paul wrote this ever-memorable text, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” he placed it in connection with himself. I would have you carefully notice the context. Twelfth verse:— “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...

1 Timothy 1:15-17

Salvation by Knowing the Truth

Jan 16 May God the Holy Ghost guide our meditations to the best practical result this evening, that sinners may be saved and saints stirred up to diligence. I do not intend to treat my text controversially. It is like the stone which makes the corner of a building, and it looks towards a different side of the gospel from that which is mostly before us. Two sides of the building of...

1 Timothy 2:3-4

What the Church Should Be

Sep 29 PAUL’S design in this epistle was to instruct young Timothy how he should behave himself in the church of God, so as to discharge his office as minister, evangelist, and pastor with honour to himself and profit to the people. He reminds him that the church is the house of God, and in God’s own house a man ought to be upon his best behaviour, for it is no light...

1 Timothy 3:15

The Faithful Saying

May 26 IT is worthy of notice that Paul, in the passage before us, as indeed in all his writings, exhibits great sensitiveness with regard to sin. The sin which he had himself committed against the Lord Jesus, looked at from some points of view, might have been greatly extenuated on account of the honest, although mistaken, motive which lay at the bottom of it; but Paul, after allowing for his ignorance,...

1 Timothy 1:15

The Hexapla of Mystery

Dec 22 THE apostle tells us in the preceeding verse that the Lord has a double design in maintaining his church in the world. The first is that it may be the place of his abode, for the church of the living God is “the house of God,” the home wherein he reveals himself unto his own children, the resting-place of his love which he has of old appointed. Jehovah still inhabits...

1 Timothy 3:16