1 Timothy

Timothy was an elder in the church, though young in years; R5493:3, one who had labored much with the Apostle in his work of the ministry. On one occasion Timothy was referred to by the Apostle as "my son Timothy." This was due no doubt to the fact that it was through St. Paul's instrumentality that the truth had reached Timothy. On account of his youth he may not have realized his responsibility. He might have felt that many others in the church were older than himself and would therefore be better examples to the brethren and better representatives of the Lord before men. R5860:1
The first epistle to Timothy was to instruct him relative to false teachers. R868:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:1]

God our Saviour— Author of the divine plan. E35

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:2]

Timothy— The name "Timothy" signifies "honor of God." R1127:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:3]

I besought thee to abide— Even when the apostle called or sent any of the younger brethren in the ministry, it was not as of arbitrary authority, but as of request which they were likely to follow, because of their confidence in Paul as a faithful and experienced servant of the Truth. R1822:1
Teach no other doctrine— The oneness of thought, mind and action required of the Church of God. R1130:6*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:4]

Neither give heed— Our time is not our own if we have dedicated all to God; and consequently we have none to spare for the investigation of fanciful false theories, built upon other foundations than that laid down in the Scriptures. R5970:3, 5045:3, 3199:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:5]

The end— The purpose. R4153:6, 5757:1, 5756:1; CR60:6 Ultimate object. R2733:3 The first consecration to holy living and obedience to God, which all believers make, is justification of life and peace with God; the second consecration, which is unto death, is the end toward which our justification looked. F124
The commandment— A law imposed by rightful authority; a rule of conduct which we are bound to obey. R5755:3 The very keynote of Christ's instruction to his followers is love, out of a pure heart. OV196:5
Is charity— Greek, agapee, disinterested love. R2807:5 An unselfish love, as is the love of God. R5756:2 A love which inspires to the willing, joyful sacrifice of every earthly hope and ambition, and which gladly lays down even life itself for the brethren. R5757:6 Love for God's truth, love for his holy law, love for his creatures. R5756:2, 5757:1 Love can be entertained in a heart not altogether pure; this is very generally the case with fallen humanity. R5756:2 Love which will not wait for commands, but which appeals for service. F124
Out of a pure heart— In full accord with the Lord; wholly antagonistic to the Adversary. R5123:6, 2735:1 All who start in the Christian life do so with a good intention; but they must be instructed and educated. They must develop to perfection this purity of heart. Hence the experiences of the Christian are for the very purpose of bringing his heart into this condition of pure, unselfish love. R5756:3 Pure intentions, motives; seeking first, last and always the will of God. R2734:2 That would fulfil all the requirements of God's Law; has no selfishness in its motives. R5756:3 Putting off more and more the things of selfishness and putting on more fully the Lord's spirit. R5756:3
Good conscience— Moral quality of the mind which admonishes in regard to right or wrong. R5756:4 It is the duty of every Christian to get his conscience made right, to educate his conscience to discern correctly. R5756:4 A conscience regulated by the divine Word. R2735:2, 5123:6 A good conscience is one which can determine the slightest deviation from God's Law. R5756:5 Rightly educated; properly balanced; not always accusing its owner, making him feel that he is always doing wrong. R5756:5
Faith unfeigned— Undissembled. (Diaglott) R5756:6 Faith properly presented to others, not deceitful, not misrepresented. R5756:6 Some dissemble by professing something which would be for the good of someone else, even though it would not be true. R5756:6 We must be honest with respect to our faith and in respect to our life. R5756:6 One who believes differently from the denomination with which he is connected and yet continues his connection with it is not conscientious in respect to his faith, does not have faith unfeigned. R2735:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:6]

Having swerved— Having failed to discern the true idea of religion. R2733:3
Vain jangling— Foolish talking. (Diaglott) R2733:6, 2735:4 Love is cast out of the heart, and selfishness takes its place, and from it flows works of bitterness, anger and evil. R2735:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:7]

To be teachers— They have a greater responsibility than if they were not teachers. R2156:3 What he has to say concerning the great influence of the tongue is directed largely to those amongst believers who attempt to be teachers. R2156:2 For honor and praise among men, as great teachers. R3215:2 Vain philosophers. R1443:5 "Be not many teachers." (James 3:1—Revised Version) R2156:2
Understanding neither— Who think it is not either necessary or advisable to be established in the faith. R3215:2

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:12]

Counted me faithful— At heart, though wrong in action. R1444:5 The Lord counts us according to our intentions, according to our wills. R3002:1
The ministry— The word "ministry" signifies service and the word "minister" signifies servant. R3002:1 All of the truly consecrated church of God are ministers, servants of God and of each other. If we neglect our ministry or service, it brings a corresponding loss in spiritual progress and character. R3002:2 Paul forgot the good things he left behind and did not dwell on his persecutions of the church. He labored to be long-suffering with others as God had been with him. R1885:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:13]

Injurious— Of the saints. R2823:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:15]

Christ Jesus— Jesus humbled himself in becoming a man; the object of so doing was to redeem men. R507:1
Came into the world— To taste death for every man. R507:1
To save sinners— The Gospel of Christ is the message of divine compassion toward sinners. R5032:1
I am chief— He had been an open opposer of the truth. R5843:1 Saul's transformation, from an enemy of Christ and his Church to a friend and zealous servant, is generally termed his conversion. (But we do not so consider it.) R2117:1

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:16]

Longsuffering Patience. R2790:6
To life everlasting— To all who will exercise obedient faith in him. R5768:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:17]

Now unto the king— Jehovah. E389
Eternal— The word "eternal" merely expresses duration, nothing more. R252:4
Immortal— Greek: apthartos, incorruptible. R2339:3, 204:1 The fullness of life which could not cease under any circumstances. R279:2, 142:3; E398 Death-proof. R715:1*
Invisible— "Whom no man has seen nor can see." (1 Tim. 6:16) F722 The world will not see the Lord and the Church; they will be spirit beings and of the divine nature. R2289:2, 4071:3, 2983:2

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:18]

Charge— Message. R1127:3 War a good warfare—Against the natural inherited weaknesses of his old nature, his flesh, typified by Israel's warfare in the flesh. R5947:3, 5605:4 It will show the degree of your loyalty and submission to the will of God. CR455:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:19]

Holding faith— Let our faith be honestly held and honestly acted upon. R1128:6
Good conscience— To study the Word of God with a clear conscience is to study it with the single and only purpose of knowing and doing God's will. R1128:1
Which some— Paul was often in perils among false brethren (2 Cor. 11:26). R1319:3*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 1:20]

Hymeneus— At times it seems absolutely to the interest of the Lord's flock to identify persons with false teachings. R2837:2
And Alexander— Possibly a convert to Christianity who subsequently apostatized. R2207:4 False teachers who arose in the Church of Ephesus. R2221:4In their attempt to be leaders, they had manufactured a different Gospel, built upon a different foundation than the only true foundation; the death of Christ as man's ransom price. R3820:5 Examples of "grievous wolves" who bite, devour, and scatter the flock. R4459:3,4
Delivered unto Satan— Whose very existence is now denied by many. F609 The apostle was a firm believer in a personal devil. R3165:6Earthly disciplines, that the spirit may be saved (1 Cor. 5:5). R2295:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:2]

For kings— That God will overrule and direct among nations in harmony with his plans and for the benefit of the Church, that its piety and growth may be conserved. R5205:4, 799:1 We are to pray God's blessings upon these kingdoms because we are interested in mankind in general, and wish to live a peaceful and godly life. R5205:1; HG570:4 Not that kings may be continued in power and control. R798:6 Kings and princes do well to accomplish so much with sin in every direction. We pray such wisdom as God sees best. R5205:1; HG570:4
Are in authority— Our prayer for them should be along the lines that would be most helpful for the interests of the Church. R4516:3 That prayers be offered, on proper occasions, on behalf of any one, including kings and all in power, as well as on behalf of the Church. R1235:1, 3600:3
And peaceable life— That we may have the peace of God ruling in our hearts, not fearing the hateful spirit of the world. R3600:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:3]

God our Savior— Since God is the originator of the entire plan of salvation, from start to finish he is thus the Savior. R3172:3; E35

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:4]

Who will have— Here is a salvation which is clearly unconditional and depends alone on the will of God. R630:2* Not "desires," but who has willed or determined they shall be saved. R630:2* No-one can make his word void: "My counsel shall stand and I will do all my pleasure." (Isa. 46:10) R630:5* Wishes. R5277:1 Desires. (Diaglott) R1781:6, 1253:3 And he wills to restore all who shall prove worthy. To prove who are worthy will be the object of the Millennial reign. R1125:4
All men to be saved— From Adamic death. R5801:4, 4629:2, 1359:2, 770:3, 753:1, 694:5, 412:6 Recovered out of the death state, the tomb. R5372:5,630:3*; Q824:2; NS506:4 Saved signifies to deliver. R630:1* Redeemed. R332:6, 4702:4 Because all were ransomed.R1265:2 A thing saved is a thing once possessed and then lost, and finally recovered. R603:2* Recovered from the disadvantages of the fall. R4516:4, 4902:4, 493:5* Saved from ignorance, blindness and deafness. E468; R1674:2 Saved from destruction, from the grave. HG351:2 The death of Christ secures for Adam and all of his race one full opportunity for salvation and no more than one. R4594:4, 4629:2 When the New Covenant shall be sealed and its beneficent arrangements inaugurated. R4364:6 Christ, a ransom for all (verse 6), is the explanation of this statement. R2127:3 While this Scripture teaches a universal salvation, yet there are other Scriptures which speak of the ultimate destruction of a certain class. In seeking to harmonize these we note that there are various salvations. R5372:2 When the testimony is given to all, some will accept and others will reject it. R691:5* All who will be obedient shall be saved. R5301:2
To live. R623:2* And— Then. R332:6, 753:1, 387:4
To come— During the Millennial age. T95; R2519:5, 2435:1, 2375:2, 2059:5, 1438:4, 1253:4, 1015:4 During the reign of The Christ. R331:5 God has made full provision for the enlightenment of all. R5301:2 Requires the awakening of the dead to bring them to a position where they can receive the knowledge. HG344:4
Unto the knowledge— Greek: "an accurate knowledge." R3279:5, 5372:5, 3023:6, 2059:5, 3243:3, 1311:4, 1273:4, 1180:4 Knowledge in general is not meant; nor a mere hearing of Christ and his work. R3127:1, 1311:3 All shall have fullest opportunity to make a choice between the law of God which leads to life, and the law of sin which leads to death. R1224:6There can be no salvation without knowledge. None will ever be saved by ignorance. R5575:4 The wicked shall be brought to a full clear knowledge of the truth before being sentenced as wicked. R1106:4 Not until brought to the knowledge of the truth are any on trial for eternal life. R259:2, 630:3* Bringing every member of Adam's race to a full knowledge of God and to full opportunity of recovery from sin and death. R5427:4, 5276:3, 4629:5 Thus all eventually are to have an opportunity for life everlasting. R2851:3Even Sodom, a nation long since destroyed, shall come and worship. R497:5 Under the favorable circumstances of the reign of Christ. R412:6 Messiah will accomplish the blessing of humanity by the spread of the knowledge of Jehovah's character. R5575:4 Whether in Christian or heathen lands, all shall come to a knowledge of the truth. This knowledge will not be theoretical, for mankind will be brought to it through practical experience. R5186:5 The knowledge of the Lord shall fill the whole earth. (Isa. 11:9) E20;R1043:3*, 790:6 Includes restoration to mental and physical perfection for all who shall delight to serve and obey Him. R1166:6 They must know the truth before the truth can cleanse and sanctify them, and free them from the bondage of sin and death. R3243:2 Because God purposes that none shall perish because of ignorance or misunderstanding, He has made full provision for the enlightenment of all. R5301:2 Knowledge of truth is light, and Christ is "the true light, to lighten every man that cometh into the world." (John 1:9) R33:2*,3475:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:5]

There is one God— One just and merciful God—who cannot tolerate sin. R1618:3 Not three. R981:1; Q824:2 He accomplishes salvation through the Son. R3172:3
And one mediator— Greek, mesites, middle-man, reconciler, go-between. R787:1, 4340:6; Q824:2 The Scriptural usage of the word Mediator confines it to a Mediator of a Covenant between parties who are alienated. R4437:3, 4340:6 A mediator is one who interposes between two persons who are at variance, with a view to reconciling them. He is our Advocate now, and by and by he will be the world's Mediator. R3915:3 The Christ of glory, in the Millennial Kingdom; Christ the head, and the Church, his body, when the sacrificing is finished and the entire Church glorified. R5928:4, 4591:3, 4437:6, 4367:6; Q364:5 Jesus will not be the Mediator till the time the New Covenant is ushered in. Q468:2; R4437:5 No mediating can be done until the Mediator of "many members" has qualified for the office. That qualification consists of sacrificing according to a covenant of sacrifice.R5928:4 The members of the great Mediator will be associated with every feature of the work of mediating during the Millennium. R4515:5 Moses, as the Mediator of the Law Covenant, was a type of Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant. R788:4 The mediator Moses and his covenant had not power to grant mercy or justification, as can be done under the New Covenant by its mediator, Christ Jesus. R2150:4 At the close of the thousand years the Mediator steps out from between God and man and leaves the world exposed to the full demands of divine justice in letter and spirit. R4999:2, 5000:4 It is proper to speak of Jesus as Mediator now; to speak of the things which are not yet as though they were. This in no degree contradicts the thought that this Mediator is growing day by day—adding members. R4341:1
And men— Fallen, sinful men. R1618:3 The world of mankind. R4537:4, 4781:1, 4516:2 Church class not included; they share in the work of reconciling men to God. R4341:2, 4591:3, 4437:5
The man— Greek, anthropos, human being. R787:1 Not before he was made flesh, when he was a spirit being; and not since his resurrection, for he is a man no longer. R1228:2 "The Man who gave himself" seems to be the particular point—the anointed Jesus, who finished the giving of himself at Calvary, is the "Mediator between God and men." Q560:5 The merit, the value, all proceeded from the one man. R4536:4 The philosophy of the ransom is that all mankind were included in one man's sentence, to the intent that in due time the penalty of sin could be paid by the one sacrifice. R2713:1 He finished the sacrifice at Calvary. R4340:1, 4780:6 Refers to our Lord Jesus personally, and not at all to the church, his body.R4495:6 This points back directly to Jesus our Lord when he was a man. At his baptism he gave himself up, and God accepted him as the Mediator. But he did not do the mediating work there. Q451:7 Messiah; Michael the Archangel; the antitypical Melchizedek, Priest as well as King. R4715:3, 5031:2; Q422:3Jesus has not yet done the mediating work; he is the one who purposes to do the work. Q467:4 Not a divine being; nor part human and part divine; but "made flesh." E95, 428; R1952:3 A perfect man had sinned. Only a perfect man could pay the price. Only a tested, proven, perfect man could be the world's ransom-price. R4535:6; SM660:1, 68:T It was not the pre-existent one who shared the glory of life with the Father, but the one who became a man and gave himself a ransom. R106:3*
Christ Jesus— The word Christ signifies "the anointed." R5120:6 The name Jesus is but another form for Joshua, which signifies Deliverer. The name Christ is the Greek equivalent for the word Messiah. NS851:3 The Redeemer of the world. R4781:1, 5120:5 Adam's death-sentence was a real sentence, a genuine penalty, and the ransom by which we are made free from sin was a no less real sacrifice, which our Lord gave on our behalf. R2409:6 A perfect man, in the image and likeness of God, as was the first Adam originally. R5846:6 He was to surrender himself to death; this would be the basis upon which he might become the great Mediator between God and men, the great Restorer of mankind, the promised seed of Abraham that is to bless all the families of the earth. SM664:T The death of the animal could at most only typify the death of the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all. (Heb. 10:1-10) R1724:2

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:6]

Who gave himself— As the man Christ Jesus when he presented himself at Jordan and surrendered all to the Father's will. R4633:4, 4340:1 Finished at Calvary. R3710:1, 5873:2, 5046:6, 4864:1, 4747:2, 4633:4, 3106:6 When, on the cross, he cried, "It is finished." R4515:1, 5621:1 He died for our sins, the just for the unjust, for Adam and his race.R1230:6 Jesus humbled himself in becoming a man, and the object of so doing was to redeem man. R507:1 He surrendered perfect human life—to which he had a full right.R5621:1 His humanity, for "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 15:50). R507:4 All of himself, his human rights, privileges; the full equivalent of Adam's life and perfection. R1228:4, 5621:1, 776:2 He permitted the Jews to take away his life, but he had neither surrendered nor forfeited his right to life. R5621:2 By his willing sacrifice of himself for men he bought Adam and the entire race. R1278:3 He has not yet made application of this human life to Adam and his race, but has merely put it into the Father's hands. R5621:1 The giving of something for a particular purpose and then its application are two different things. Q391:3 Our Lord's sacrifice was necessary before he could mediate the New Covenant. R4515:2 He kept the Law perfectly, and additionally laid down his life sacrificially for Adam and his race. R5396:2 The Bible teaches universal redemption, not universal and eternal salvation. R5925:1 To carry out the program of atonement. E17In accordance with the Father's plan. R1618:3 In loyalty, humility and obedience even unto death. E82 Christ was both Priest and Sacrifice, illustrated by the high priest under the law offering the beast—a lower nature—as a sacrifice for sin. R144:6*
A ransom— Signifies a price, as an equivalent. R4855:3, 3621:6, 726:3, 513:2, 432:5, 392:6, 324:4, 62:1* A corresponding price, a substitute. R5822:4, 5152:4, 4734:4, 3694:4 Anti-lutron, a corresponding price. R5972:2, 5925:2, 5622:6, 5372:5, 5120:5, 4905:1, 4780:3, 4340:1, 3088:2, 2052:2, 2051:1, 1965:2, 1719:4, 1572:3, 1256:2, 1230:5, 1228:4, 1177:6, 1058:5, 709:5; SM658:2; Q657:3; A178; Eii, 428 All of Jesus' disciples renounced their share in the ransom blessings that are coming to the world that they may have a share in a still greater blessing. Eiii God will let the prisoners out of death because he "has found a ransom." (Job 33:24) E462 Webster's Dictionary: To redeem from captivity, punishment or forfeit, by paying an equivalent; to buy out of servitude or penalty; to rescue (by giving a ransom); to deliver (by giving a ransom), as to ransom prisoners from an enemy. R1590:2The price paid to redeem from captivity or punishment. R689:6 To buy man back from death. R9:6 Human life (given by Christ Jesus) for human life (Adam) is the legal ransom. R62:1* The object of the ransom was not to justify sin, nor to bring back the sinner to continue a life of sin, but to afford each an individual trial for life in hope that all might return to harmony and communion with God. R408:3 To ransom means, not only to purchase, but to receive or to recover the thing that is purchased. Q111:5; R867:3, 145:1* The ransom-price was furnished by the man Christ Jesus. R4747:2 A price sufficient to ransom Adam and all his race. R5873:2; SM29:1; OV152:T A Redeemer was necessary for Adam and his posterity, and Jesus became that Redeemer. R5284:6 God has not anulled the death sentence, but he has provided a ransom for all—to make possible the resurrection of Adam and his race. R5083:3, 5120:5; Q179:2 The basis of hope, for the Church and the world. R5822:2 Jesus was the only one who could be the corresponding price for Adam. R5622:6 He laid down his life during the three-and-one-half years. He applied it to the Church class when he appeared in the presence of God for us. He has not yet applied it for the whole world. R4747:2, 4633:4 A ransom is not applicable to fallen angels because they were not condemned to death. Q20:1 If the "ransom for all" is denied, then logically "times of restitution" to a former estate (Acts 3:19-21; Ezek. 16:55,61) must be denied also. R2639:6 This, from the divine standpoint, is the full offset to father Adam's transgression. SM306:2 The doctrine of the ransom is thus shown by the apostle to be fundamental to a proper conception and appreciation of God's character. R1583:4 A ransom was necessary to man's recovery from the Adamic condemnation. R1633:3; Eiii; PD55/67; OV143:1 To admit that the ransom has been paid by Jesus' death is to admit that the penalty was death and that restitution is assured. R856:3 The church is not a part of the ransom-price. R4864:1 Because Christ gave his human nature as a ransom, his heavenly Father gave him the divine nature. R316:5* The ransom is the center and essence of the gospel. R1877:5
For all— All the souls of the human family, who were begotten by Adam and Eve. R3063:2 Including the Sodomites and all other sinners. R1618:4Not only Israel, but the entire race of Adam. R5003:3 In the sense that eventually its benefits will extend to every member of the Adamic race. SM663:1 This does not give or guarantee everlasting life or blessing to any man; but it does guarantee to every man another opportunity or trial for life everlasting. A150 This was the purpose lying behind the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. SM663:3 Through the resurrection, God has arranged to show his love for the world. R5166:3 He did not at once apply it for all, but merely for the Church, the household of faith. R4428:2,4998:6 Has not yet been so applied. R4519:1, 4747:2 "That he, by the grace (favor, bounty, mercy) of God should taste death for every man." (Heb. 2:9) E451;R507:1, 42:2* "For our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:2) E328; F334; R33:2* "Good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:10) A131
To be testified— To all. R923:6, 632:4* During the Millennial age. R4633:5 When the merit of Christ's sacrifice is applied on behalf of the world of mankind. R4637:3 To every man, that all will have the fullest opportunity to believe and thus to come into Christ and through him inherit eternal life. R1438:4;E420 The testimony began when Jesus brought life and immortality to light through his Gospel. R5354:4 To give the "knowledge of the truth" mentioned in verse 4, a work that began with our Lord. R2127:3 The full benefit of this ransom-price will not have been given until the work of the Millennial age shall have been finished. R4633:5 Upon God's terms, as God never intended to give his blessings to any but those who desire to be in harmony with him. R4633:5 To testify is to give testimony for the purpose of communicating to others a knowledge of something not known to them. R33:2*
In due time— God's due time for the testimony to reach the world evidently has not yet come. R5354:2; SM785:1 The knowledge of the Lord will fill the whole earth—during Messiah's mediatorial reign. R1425:4, 3915:3, 5372:5, 4780:6 God has a due time for everything. OV225:3; R659:1*, 545:1 For those who will be of the Church, the present is the due time to hear. OV225:3; R1337:4*, 691:5* The knowledge and blessing flowing from his redemptive sacrifice shall be made effective to all who will accept this favor under the terms of the New Covenant. R2490:1 Millions of the race for whom Christ died will be brought to a knowledge of the truth after their awakening from death. R3016:6, 1478:5 During the Millennium, after our Lord's second advent. R3016:6, 4633:4, 3026:2, 3025:6, 1015:4; HG16:3; Eiii Under the reasonable terms of the New covenant. E394 When the elect "little flock" have been exalted to reign with Christ in his Kingdom. R1585:6, 779:1 The due time for some is now, but the due time for the great majority of mankind is in the future—Messianic age. R5301:2; A105 The Church first, next the Great Company, the Ancient Worthies, and at the end of the Millennial age, the remainder of the race. R4633:6 God's love, held in abeyance, has bided its time to manifest itself to our race. R5979:1 "The desire of all nations shall come." (Haggai 2:7) R4715:6 The Scriptures never intimate that the Gospel age is the due time for the world to hear, and be blessed by Christ. R698:5 The telegraph, telephone, improved printing presses and rapid mail service will each have their part in testifying to all the ransom accomplished, the reconciliation possible, and conditions of the new covenant. R1155:3 When released from the condemnation of Adamic death and brought to an accurate knowledge of the truth, the masses of mankind will be on trial for everlasting life or everlasting death. NS310:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:7]

Whereunto— The apostle himself was even then engaged in giving the testimony (of verse 6). R2127:3
I am ordained— Greek, tithemi, ("And he ordained twelve" Mark 3:14); "An apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead." (Gal. 1:1) F276
And an apostle— Paul taking the place of Judas. R1148:4 Chosen and ordained of God. R1461:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:9]

Modest apparel— Clothing should be neat, comfortable and becoming, "decent" but not "costly." R874:1

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:10]

With good works— The duties of Christian women wherein they find themselves when called, do not really conflict with other duties of the Lord's service. R1084:1*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:11]

Learn in silence— Adam, under God, was the teacher, and Eve the learner. And it was right and proper, in this instance at least, that the woman should "learn in silence with all subjection." R1549:5 There would be no violation of the Apostle's injunction in the sisters' taking part in a Berean study. R5922:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:12]

Suffer not a woman— Who symbolizes the Church, is not to attempt to teach a man, who symbolically represents the Lord. F270 If women in the Church pray or prophesy, it should be with their heads covered. R2222:4
To teach— In the Church. T102; R4798:4 Sisters are not to teach in public. R5588:2Meaning—"I never sanction a female elder in the Church." R4122:4 Literally, because she is a type of the Church; because it would make her masculine, and because of the generally larger approbativeness of the gentler sex. F265, 266, 267 Typically, because the Lord is the only teacher of the Body. F270 This should not be understood to hinder the sisters from participating in meetings not of the teaching kind (e.g., prayer and testimony meetings and Berean studies). F272
Usurp authority— Sisters might lead a Berean study if no consecrated or competent brethren are present. R5922:5
Over the man— Who symbolically represents the Lord. F270 It does not say a sister might not instruct sisters, or children. Q472:6 The woman is not to usurp the natural position of the man as leader and teacher, to take that attitude herself. R1550:3 In the Church, it would be improper for the woman to teach, implying the Church was teaching Christ. Q472:6
To be in silence— Greek, hesuchia, quietness. R1549:4 Quiet. R766:2* Paul does not mean that a woman's lips must be forever sealed, that she may not declare the good tidings of great joy to others. R766:2*, 1076:2*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:13]

Adam was first formed— Authority to rule is naturally implied in the headship of the man. R1548:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:14]

Adam— All the human race, from Adam down, came under condemnation through his wilful sin. R1005:5 There was no death in our race until the divine sentence fell upon Adam as the penalty for his sin. R2395:3 Was not deceived Wilfully shared Eve's disobedience, incurring its penalty rather than live without her. A123; E22; R1108:1; Q7:1 Adam knew that God had put a penalty of death on the eating of that food. Q706:T; CR425:2; E408 The sentence of death was pronounced because of father Adam's sin, which was committed with full knowledge. R5603:2, 4019:1, 2395:3, 871:3, 866:1; PT387:3* Some today would likewise be willing to sacrifice their eternal interests for the joys and pleasures of earthly companionship. R3926:2 We could conceive of no other motive on the part of a perfect man in disobeying the Divine mandate, than that of love for his bride. Q741:4
Woman being deceived— Contrary to the teachings of many modern theologians. A61 It was not because mother Eve was deceived that the sentence came upon the world. R5603:2 Although deceived, she was a transgressor, though not so culpable as if she had transgressed against greater light. A123

[NTC - 1 Timothy 2:15]

She shall be saved— Be relieved from much of the anguish incident to motherhood. R3032:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:1]

Desire the office— Service. R1891:6 Classes should elect only a consecrated, spirit-begotten child of God as an elder. R5941:4 In seeking this position let each one remember that there is danger of the development of pride, and the assumption of power. R5185:3 Not for personal glory, but to further the Lord's Cause. Q120:4
Of a bishop— Shepherd, overseer. R4502:6, 5185:3, 1891:6 Elder. R5793:4 Not an exalted position; a humbled, untitled servant of the church, caring for the interests of the sheep. R5793:3 The Apostles never used this term as an honorary title. R1523:6 If one properly attends to the shepherding of the flock, he will not have time for other interests. Those who have been called to the position of eldership amongst the Lord's people should consider this an honor and a privilege from the Lord. R5185:3
A good work— Any service we can render to the body of Christ is a blessed service. R1892:1 It is a noble service. R5793:3 If he approach this service from the standpoint of earnest desire to serve the flock, he should not be ashamed to rejoice that he has, to this extent, the spirit of the Lord. R4502:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:2]

Blameless— Of good character. R1892:1 In sympathy with high ideals, such as those represented in the Vow. R5983:4 Husband of one wife—Not more than one. F249 Not necessarily a married man, for both the Lord and the Apostle recommend the celibate state as preferable. R1892:1
Hospitality— Present day arrangements for public hotels, lodgings, etc., are calculated to hinder the development of the spirit of hospitality. R3432:1 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." (Heb. 13:2) R3432:1
Apt to teach— To have the teaching ability. Not all have the ability, the gift, of making things plain to others. R5699:4, 2741:5 Have ability as a teacher, explainer, expounder of the divine plan, and thus be able to assist the Lord's flock in word and in doctrine. F249 Ability to impart the truth to others in its own power and simplicity (not necessarily an orator.) R1720:5 Especially qualified; ensamples to the brethren in word, in conduct. R5940:2 Never manifests haughtiness, nor assumes an air of superiority. Is meek, lowly of heart, humble. R5699:4 A congregation should elect a brother as their representative, in the name of the Lord; when they recognize the Lord's authorization of him, and that he has the qualities fitting him for service according to the Divine Word. Q521:6 "Able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." (Titus 1:9) E284

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:4]

Having his children in subjection— If someone has been derelict in his duty toward his children, he probably would be unwise or derelict in his counsels and his general ministries amongst the Lord's children in the ecclesia. F249

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:5]

Take care of— Preside over, look out for its interests, assisting as faithful stewards of God. R1892:1

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:6]

Not a novice— A beginner, one young in the truth. R5956:5 An inexperienced or untried person. R1892:3 Some elect novices, contrary to the direction of the Lord's Word, thus doing harm both to the novice and to the class. Q519:3; R3012:2, 5941:4 Elders must be sufficiently well known in advance of selection to justify confidence in them. F248 A student of the Word, of cultivated thought, well founded and settled. Not a teacher of speculations and fancies, nor of Anglo-Israelism, Socialism, politics, astronomical theories, or other questions not of spiritual profit. R1720:6 No novice, either in doctrine or in speaking should be employed in any of the class extension work. Q526:4
Pride— Spiritual pride. R5956:5
Of the devil— Whose very existence is now denied by many. F609 Paul was a firm believer in a personal devil. R3165:6 Become, like Satan, ambitious to be great, thereby necessitating his abasement. R1892:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:7]

Have a good report— As respects honesty, uprightness, morality, truthfulness. F249; R1892:3
Into reproach— The reproach of hypocrisy. R1892:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:8]

Deacons— Assistants. (Diaglott) R1892:3; 1891:6 Servant, or helper. F253 The Apostles never used this term as an honorary title. R1523:6
To be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre— To be serious, not deceitful in speech, not being addicted to much wine, not eager for base gain. (Diaglott) R1892:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:9]

Mystery— Secret. (Diaglott) R1892:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:10]

Deacon— Signifies runner, attendant, servant. R2951:6
Found blameless— Of good reputation. F249

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:12]

Ruling— Presiding. (Diaglott) R1892:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:13]

A good degree— A good reward. Q473:2 The confidence of the class. Q477:5 Deacons are elected for a special kind of work. If they have other talents, they should be encouraged to use them—and in time the class might choose them as elders. Q478:5; 473:2 A good degree of liberty, privilege, opportunity, preferment, and honor in the church by their faithfulness as deacons. Q244:T

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:15]

The house of God— Not the meeting-house, but the assembly itself. R4008:2
Church of the living God— Only one Church, not sects and parties, but this includes the saintly in all of these. "The Lord knoweth them that are his." (2 Tim. 2:19) R5067:1; Q755:4 Whom the Apostles styled saints. OV187:6 Christ is the Head, and every truly consecrated one who believes in him as his Saviour is a member. R1420:6 Not instituted until Jesus had presented himself as a sacrifice, that the merit of his sacrifice might be made applicable to all who would become members of his body. R5392:4
Pillar and ground— The pillar and support of the truth, the ground-work of the truth, is that on which the truth is based, and by which it is supported. Q719:5 The mission of the Church is to be a supporter of the truth, acting as pillars, now—and we shall ultimately be the foundation and agency of God's truth, in the Millennial Age. Q719:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 3:16]

Was manifest— Rendered apparent. E77 God gave his son. The son "gave himself for us." Truly they are in harmony. The love of the infinite God could neither be created nor purchased but it could be shown through the work of his son. R9:3* Our Lord when on earth was in the fullest sense the Representative of the Father in the flesh. R5834:4 The Spirit of the Father was manifest in Jesus. R4306:6
In the flesh— There could never be a more complete manifestation of God to man than in the person of Christ when he was made flesh. E77; R5291:1 Jesus had the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. R5291:1 God was manifest in the flesh; first, in Adam; secondly in Jesus; and thirdly, He will be manifest in the ancient worthies. R5291:4; B136 The ancient worthies being resurrected perfect men, will be perfect images of God. In each one of these ancient worthies God will be manifest in the flesh. R5291:3; NS459:5 At the end of the thousand years all mankind loving righteousness will be fleshly images of God. R5294:2; B136 The Greek word sarx means flesh, simply and only. It does not mean sinful flesh. R1223:2 God is also manifest in the flesh of all consecrated believers. R455:5
Justified in the Spirit— Jesus was proved right—proved perfect; not made right. R5960:1 He was vindicated as being right. R440:3, 660:1 Making manifest God's justice, or righteousness. R1246:3
Seen of angels— The condemned angels have been learning much since the first test and sermon such as the lesson of Jesus' obedience and exaltation. (1 Pet. 3:18-20) R1679:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:1]

The spirit— Of God. R266:4 Of truth. R371:2
In the latter times— This refers not to the very last times, but to the times subsequent to those in which the apostle was writing. (See Alford.) R639:1* Particularly in the times in which we are now living. R2189:3 "In the last days perilous times shall come." (2 Tim. 3:1) C200 "The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. (2 Tim. 4:3) C200
Some shall depart— From the truth. R371:2 "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." (Psa. 91:7) R2770:5
Seducing spirits— Satan and his fallen angels. SM676:1; CR429:1; OV415:4; R2179:1, 2173:4 That would lead any astray. R5362:6 Deceiving. R266:4 Evil spirits have a way of drawing the unsuspecting on, little by little. R5085:1 They gain the confidence of their victims, and in a plausible manner break down their willpower and make slaves of them. R2179:1 They have been successful throughout the entire world in deluding and ensnaring humanity and especially active and seductive in their methods during the harvest. R5800:4 Through dreams and revelations they have brought into the church various doctrines of devils. R5673:6 These are on the alert to ensnare humanity through spirit mediums, spirit rappings, tippings, clairvoyants, ouija-boards, etc. God's people should warn the world of the great danger resulting from any association with these fallen angels. R4769:5,5378:1 The Apostle tells us that the heathen sacrificed to these demons. R2173:4
Doctrines of devils— Teachings, or doctrines of demons. SM19:1; R5485:3, 5443:4, 5406:6, 171:2* False doctrines. R5406:6, 5445:6 Deceptions from Satan. R5851:3 Various doctrines which are the reverse of the truth. R5485:3 Error could lead only into trouble and darkness. R632:1* That the dead are not dead; that eternal torment is the wages of sin; that there is to be no resurrection of the dead because no one is dead; transmigration of soul; Spiritism; Christian Science; Theosophy; Evolution. F622, 623, 624, 629; R2499:5 That man cannot die, but must live somewhere to all eternity. SM540:3 The great mass of mankind are under the influence of these doctrines today. F377; CR429:1 Such heathenish doctrines as purgatory and eternal torture. OV161:2, 203:4; R5314:6, 3963:1; CR20:1 Deluded ones teach "Ye shall not surely die!" (Gen. 3:4) and that death is only a process of evolution; man is his own savior. R5801:1 Creeds of the Dark Ages. R5406:6, 5468:5; SM421:3, 365:1; OV401:1 Christendom is still holding up those terribly slanderous creeds (of an unjust, unloving Father) before the world, hindering them from getting even a glimpse of the length, breadth, height and depth of the "love of God which passeth all understanding." R5353:3 Many of the teachings of the past, both Catholic and Protestant, were not only irrational, but most positively unscriptural teachings of men. CR78:1; OV246:4 They were looking for devilish things and made them out of Scriptural statements which had no such significance. OV385:T The outcome of wrong belief, the wrong faith, is wrong doing. Many believing in purgatory and eternal torment, tortured others horribly thinking they were copying the Almighty. R4527:4, 4533:6 Every feature of present truth is promptly counterfeited to deceive if possible the very elect. (Matt. 24:24) R5800:5 False doctrines are what are troubling the people of God today. R5406:6 The god of this world has blinded the minds of the majority of all nations with ignorance and superstition. R5769:6 New "garments of light" are assumed continually by Satan. R5800:5, 3119:6 These false doctrines are gathering out of God's Kingdom "all that offend, and them which do iniquity." (Matt. 13:41) After this separation is complete, the fire of the great time of trouble will destroy all errors and falsehoods in religion. R5802:1

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:2]

Lies in hypocrisy— Describes Satan's work concisely. SM132:3 Hypocrisy on the part of seducing spirits consists of personating "angels of light" and pretending to bring in "new light." R5800:4,1643:1
Their— Ministers; who outwardly pose as God's servants, but who in reality are hypocrites. SM134:1
Conscience— The majority of people have as good as no conscience, for they are blind to the principles and laws of God given to guide conscience. R3596:5, 4803:6 Do not trust your conscience. If it were a sufficient guide you would have no need of the Scriptures. R3596:5, 4803:6
Seared— Toughened; hardened. OV390:1

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:3]

Forbidding to marry— None are forbidden to marry. Marriage is still honorable (Heb. 13:4) when the relationship is sustained in purity and holiness, as God designed; when two are equally yoked. R1554:1 This prohibition by Papacy upon its priesthood has brought upon it one of the foulest stains that have blackened its baneful history. R1554:1
Abstain from meats— We note a similar delusion and false conception of holiness creeping in amongst vegetarians. R3098:3 Who can fail to recognize the Papacy in the description here given? R662:5*, 639:1* Everything that can be eaten with thanksgiving to God is proper and not to be despised. R1856:1 We offer no objection to those who claim that they have better health as a result of a purely vegetable diet. But we do object to the claim of special sanctity because of it. R3098:3 Judge for yourself how much is good for you, and the kind that agrees with you best. Q463:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:7]

Old wives' fables— Higher critics regard as "old wives' fables" much of the Word of God, including the record of miracles, the story of Adam and Eve, and their fall, the story of Jonah and the great fish, etc. R5800:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:8]

Is profitable— Our hope serves as a spiritual nerve tonic; it stimulates the mortal to divine service. R5114:5 We cannot expect to become strong in the physical lines by subsisting on chaff. The New Creature, in order to develop along spiritual lines, must breathe deeply of the holy Spirit of the Lord. R4245:3*
Life that now is— The effect of these new ambitions, hopes, aims, upon our physical health is often marvelous. R5114:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:10]

The living God— Jehovah. R1437:2
Who is the Savior— Author of the divine plan. E33; R3172:3 He accomplishes the salvation through the Son. R3172:3 Not that he saves all men eternally; but he will save all men from the Adamic fall. HG14:6; R778:3* God was back of all and the cause or mainspring of all that our Lord Jesus has done and will do as his agent and representative in saving men. R1253:3 He is not now the Savior of all men, nor indeed of any as generally taught—a Savior from famines, pestilences, earthquakes, cyclones, etc.R778:3*
Of all men— In the sense that all are to be brought out of their graves and given a knowledge of the truth. A108; R5372:3, 1437:3, 779:2* The Savior of only those who accept his grace and become "his people" under the New Covenant. R3280:1 To natural life; the common salvation. R352:4*, 742:2, 611:5 "All" means every member of the human family. R838:1, 1218:4 Each is saved from the condemnation to destruction which Adam's sin brought upon all. R1218:4
Specially— Chiefly. R1149:4* A special salvation for those called to be saints. R611:5 The Apostle declares that in one sense the salvation which God has promised is to be universal, while in another sense it is to be restricted to believers. R1437:2, 603:3* The Apostle speaks of the two salvations in the same sentence. R742:1 To the uttermost; most fully and everlastingly. R1278:4; A106 During this age, they are privileged to become sons of God on a higher plane, even to be partakers of the divine nature. R545:2, 1642:4, 1442:2, 611:5, 1337:4*, 779:3* This salvation is only for the "little flock." (Luke 12:32) R779:2* Faith is the dividing line between "all men" and "a class." R691:1* Those who will share in the "great salvation" and be "especially" saved to heavenly conditions, must first share by faith in the common salvation. R742:2
Those that believe— Now. R603:6* Greek: pistos, meaning trusty and trusting. It is to the trusting ones that God shall work out special or lasting salvation. R1218:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:11]

These things— The divine plan, not human wisdom. F255

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:12]

Despise thy youth— Young elders should conduct themselves so none will have cause to slight the message they bring, or to think of them as immature and unfit to lead the flock of God. R5494:5According to the flesh, both Timothy and Titus were young men. R2655:1, 1894:3
Be an example— In his Christ-like character. R5860:1 Worthy of imitation. R5494:5 Striving to show forth the praises of our Master. R5494:1 In every sense, Paul would have Timothy be a worthy example, so that all who took note of him would see how they ought to deport themselves. R5860:5 Not only to fellow-workers in the Gospel, but especially to the world. R5494:1 By his spiritual development and knowledge of the divine plan, and aptness to teach. R2655:1
Of the believers— Does not say, be thou an example to the believers. R5493:6 What they believe, what they teach, and how they live. R5494:1 So that not only the Church, but others, might see this example, and thus have a greater interest in the Lord's cause. R5860:1
In words— He was to glorify the Lord in his words, in what he would say, in how he would say it, in wisdom of speech. Whoever would be careless in his language would reveal a careless heart. R5860:2
In conversation— Has the significance of conduct, manner of life. R5860:2, 5494:1 In every way, we are to be gentle and kind and considerate and not rude. R5494:1 Whatever you do, be a worthy exponent of the doctrine of Christ and of the effect of his spirit in the heart. R5860:2
In charity— Love. R5493:6, 5860:2 Love would not wish any harm to his neighbor, but would manifest interest in everybody, and even in the brute creation—wishing to do right, to be kind. R5860:2 Love would serve the interest of others in spirit; it would come from the heart, from the inward disposition; not merely in word or in outward conduct. R5860:2,5494:2
In spirit— Not found in the original, but the thought seems proper enough. R5494:2
In faith— Never murmuring against the experiences of life as they come. R5494:2 We should not merely say we have faith, but should manifest it in our lives. R5860:4
In purity— A loftiness of standard not to be found elsewhere; everything impure is contrary to God. R5494:4 As the typical priests and Levites were instructed to wash and keep themselves continually clean, so the spiritual Israelites today should be pure, clean, in words, in action, in thought. R5860:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:14]

By prophecy— By prediction, indicating that the apostles were led thus to approve Timothy, by the Lord's direction. F284
Laying on the hands— It was the custom in those days for the apostles to lay hands upon all who believed, and thus to communicate to them the gift of the Spirit. R1957:2 The laying on of hands was also used to indicate consent; as, for instance, in the case of the Church at Antioch when it chose Paul and Barnabas to be its missionaries and representatives in Gospel work. R1957:4
Of the presbytery— The elders. R3172:1 A company of elders; from the Greek word which signifies "old man." R1957:1 Upon Timothy; the eldership in this case probably referred to the apostles who were still living. R1957:2

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:15]

Meditate— To the very end of our days. R2146:6* The elect have been receiving their education by giving themselves wholly to studying the Scriptures; and being led into all truth by the spirit of the truth. R33:5*
May appear to all— The profiting will certainly not appear if the means are not used. R2146:5*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 4:16]

Unto thyself— Thy walk and conversation before men. R1569:6
Unto the doctrine— Declare it and defend it on every proper occasion. R1570:1
That hear thee— Saved from sinking into error and sin and reaping its bitter consequences. R1570:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:1]

Rebuke not an elder— An elder is not appointed in the Church to brow-beat or to trample down the liberties of others. R4977:5 The apostle did not refer to an elder of the congregation, but a person older than one's self. R4977:5 An aged brother, even if he has erred; have respect to his years. R1586:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:2]

As mothers— There was a family sympathy in olden times that we do not see exemplified today. R4977:6
With all purity— With no semblance of undue familiarity. R1586:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:4]

Piety at home— By caring for their dependent relatives. R2513:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:5]

A widow indeed— Whose trust is in God and whose conduct is consistent with that trust. R1586:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:8]

If any— This relates primarily to a Christian husband and his duty toward his wife and his children. R4854:1
Provide not— Careth not; neglects. R5229:2 Our own family should be our first charge or responsibility. Charity begins at home. R5376:2 God knows your circumstances and necessities; he declares it to be his will that you care for those whom his providences has placed under your care. R479:2 The husband is not obeying the divine law if he does not provide for his family, no matter for what reason; unless it be disability through sickness. R2488:3 The parent should have something laid up for the necessities of his family in the event of his death. R4854:2 This passage would not apply with the same force as when the apostle spoke these words. One would be making proper provisions, sometimes, when he paid his share of the taxes toward the general weal. R4854:4 "Provide things honest in the sight of all." (Rom. 12:17) F578; R873:3
For his own— Those dependent upon him. R4854:1, 2474:3; F589 As he may be able. R1828:4God expects of us that we will make reasonable provisions for ourselves and for those for whom we are responsible, our families and our relatives. R2689:1 We are required to put matters in such shape that those dependent on us shall not suffer want. R1280:5 None should make the mistake of supposing that the responsibilities of a family already incurred can be ignored and set aside. R901:4 Insurance of life and property, like poorhouses and hospitals, is merely the putting of the teachings of Christ into a business form. R521:2 There is danger that our necessities be too liberally considered, thus tending to cultivate pride and desire, and to hold us back and hinder our race. R479:4 But when parents attempt to become rich and to leave their children rich, they specially err.R1828:4
His own house— Household; kindred. R4854:1,4, 5229:2 Our own households are our first charge and responsibility. They must have reasonable attention before we could hope to apply the Golden Rule for our neighbors. R2689:1 Communism is not the Lord's arrangement. D479 The members of the body of Christ would be members of our own household, and their temporalities would be in some measure our responsibility. R4854:4 Provide things honest, neat and comfortable for the temporal necessities, and then give them no further thought. R901:6
Denied the faith— "The faith" includes thoughts of love, sympathy, interest and care for others, especially for them of the household of faith. R2474:3 God wishes his people to make reasonable provision for those depending upon him. CR311:6 There would be a lack of love, of sympathy, regarding the interests of the ones neglected. R4854:5 To live contrary to the doctrine one professes would be to deny his faith. R4854:5 Denying their share in Christianity in a most practical form. R2293:3 The New Creature must in certain matters be governed by the obligations of the flesh. F488

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:9]

Taken into the number— Enrollment as a permanent or life pensioner. R2293:3
Under threescore years— No widow was to be enrolled as a regular beneficiary of the church's bounty under 60 years of age. R2293:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:10]

The saint's feet— The open sandals worn in Bible times made the washing of the feet after a journey a necessity for personal comfort. R3543:1, 5091:3 It became a synonym of service and kindly hospitality. R1101:3, 1293:1, 2293:6, 3543:6 A custom in Palestine. R5091:4 If a widowed sister had shown a humble disposition, Paul would advocate a special care for such a sister in need; for she had manifested a loyal and true spirit. R5091:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:13]

Busybodies— One who busies himself in the affairs of others, with which he has properly nothing whatever to do. F583 An indication of spiritual weakness, else they would not have so much time to spare in finding fault with others. R4376:1

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:14]

I will therefore— I will advise therefore. F557
The younger women— Believers, but not consecrated. F557; R1554:2
Marry— Because if they conclude to learn the lessons of life by experience rather than by precept, they will learn faster by marital experiences than in any other way. F557, 558 Marriage is still honorable when two are equally yoked (2 Cor. 6:14) and toil together as true yoke-fellows for the spiritual family of God. Yet, with rare exceptions, the consecrated can best fulfil their covenant by walking alone with God. R1554:1
Bear children— It is a serious error to suppose parentage to be dishonorable or sinful. R4090:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:15]

After Satan— The apostle was a firm believer in a personal devil. R3165:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:16]

Church be charged— Who should not be made financial burdens to the Church. R1554:2
May relieve them— The church help was specially for the real widows—those bereft, and particularly the aged. R2293:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:17]

The elders— The power rested with the congregation to reject any teacher according to their judgment of the Word and will of God. R1848:4
That rule well— The prominent elders, especially those bending down through hard work in preaching and teaching. F252
Double honor— So long as teachers were recognized as having been God-provided, and so long as they approved themselves by their conduct and the Word of God, to the congregation, they had more honor than others, and their opinions were given proportionately more weight. R1848:4 Our esteem for others should be "in the Lord." R1571:4
Word and doctrine— Preaching and teaching. F252

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:18]

Of his reward— The apostles were to expect to find a home and the necessities of life wherever they went, giving back, in exchange for these temporal blessings, the blessings they had been empowered to bestow. R2261:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:19]

Against an elder— Because the Church has approved his character and because Satan marks him for attack. F293
Accusation— If any brother or sister brings to you an evil report of others, stop him at once, kindly but firmly. R4803:2, 3595:3
Or three witness— Who might be obtained from those who go with the accuser for the second interview; this means that an elder is granted no immunity, but is entitled merely to every right or privilege granted to other brethren. F293

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:20]

Them that sin— That commit a public sin of a grievous nature. F301

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:22]

Lay hands— May possibly be to ordination by laying on of hands; but this is uncertain. R1957:1 The early Church had a ceremony of formally laying hands on the heads of their elders, deacons, etc. When the apostles did this, it was the indication of the impartation of the Holy Spirit. Q517:5; R5809:1
Suddenly on no man— Caution should be exercised in giving anyone a letter of recommendation or a public endorsement. F285

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:23]

No longer water— Exclusively. R2007:1
Use a little wine— Paul, who sent handkerchiefs and napkins to the sick, sent no napkin or handkerchief, or anointing oil to Timothy, but advised the use of wine medicinally. R4980:1,2364:6, 2007:1, 1689:4; SM576:1 Its limited use as a medicine is warranted. R1695:6 There is no record of any faith-healing or miracle for the recovery of physical afflictions of the saints, who have been treated physically, much as other men. R712:6 Paul did not advise Timothy to pray for his own healing, nor advised others to pray for him, but advised certain medicines. R4980:1, 2007:1; F653 We, the consecrated, are not authorized to call upon divine power for the healing of our own infirmities. R1689:4Saints may pray for and be the instruments in healing others, but themselves they cannot heal. R712:6, 1689:4
Often infirmities— Chronic dyspepsia or indigestion. F653; R2364:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:24]

Some men's sins— The "very elect" have all their sins up for judgment beforehand, before the general judgment time for the world. Q833:5; R5318:5,1471:1, 1397:4, 527:4 Afflictions often come upon the Lord's most devoted saints to try them and prove them, to test their loyalty, zeal and faithfulness, and to refine and cultivate the Christian graces and establish character. R1773:3 Usually those of the Lord's consecrated saints. R1471:1 The Great Company will have its sins up for judgment after the Little Flock. Q833:5 Since nations will have no resurrection as nations, it is but justice that the reaping as well as the sowing should always come in "this present evil world (age)." R2305:3 To judgment Greek: krisis. Includes the thought of trial culminating in a decision that is final, irrevocable. R2430:2 As the sins of Sodom, Gomorrha, Tyre and Sidon. R1618:5 Receiving a measure of punishment in the present life. R5318:5, 4856:4, 1471:1, 1397:4
And some— In some instances. R1618:5
They follow after— As in the more wicked sins (because more enlightened) of Judean cities. R1618:5 But in any event they receive a just recompense of reward either now or hereafter. A145 The punishment of evil doers tarries until the appointed time, the Millennial age. R1618:5 Often the punishments are not meted out in the present life.R5318:5 Into the next life, when some shall be beaten with many and some with a few stripes. R1397:4, 527:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 5:25]

Good works— Whether good works are rewarded now or hereafter, our Lord's assurance is that even the gift of a cup of cold water to one of his disciples shall have its reward. (Matt. 10:40-42) R1655:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:1]

Their own masters— Communism is not the counsel of God for this age. D480; R1862:4
Worthy of all honor— Treat them with respect and Christian courtesy. R1464:2*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:2]

Do them service— Not as men-pleasers; with singleness of heart those who serve should render service as unto the Lord. Service rendered in such a spirit is always dignified and ennobling. R1464:2*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:3]

Doctrine which is according to godliness—Will provide the oneness of thought, mind and action required of the Church of God. R1130:6*

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:4]

He is proud— "Vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind." (Col. 2:18) F412
Evil surmisings— "Love thinketh no evil." (1 Cor. 13:5) F406; R5123:2 Consists in imagining evil intentions and motives behind the words and acts of others. It is contrary to the words of our Lord Jesus, and opposed to godliness. R5122:6, 3594:1 Those who practice evil surmising have never entered the school of Christ, or are in the infant class. R5123:1 Love filling our hearts will not only hinder evil conduct and injurious words, but will prevent evil thoughts. R5123:2 Whoever neglects the Lord's commands along this line weaves a web for his own ensnarement; for a heart impregnated with doubt and suspicion toward fellow creatures is more than half prepared to doubt God. R3594:2 The saints have probably the most to dread from the inoculation of their minds with evil surmisings. R4312:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:6]

Godliness— God-likeness. R613:1 "Ye cannot serve God and Mammon." (Luke 16:13) R2259:1
With contentment— Absence of covetousness. R3046:1 This blessed state of godly contentment cannot be reached in a moment. It is a result of growth in grace and in the knowledge and love of God. OV200:6 With intelligent people there can scarcely be contentment without godliness. OV200:3 The example of the saints should be that of contentment and cheerful submission to present trials. A341We commend this thought to socialists and everyone else. R5155:4 Christian contentment is based upon godliness, worldly contentment is based upon love of ease and selfishness. NS63:3
Great gain— True riches, not earthly prosperity. R2520:3

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:8]

Having food and raiment— Needful or necessary food and raiment. A340; R873:6 Provide things honest, neat and comfortable for the temporal necessities, and then give them no further thought. R901:6
Be therewith content— We should not seek to compete with the world in a race for the luxuries of the present time, but we should use our time and energy in the service to which we consecrated it. R873:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:9]

That will be rich— That will to be rich, whether they succeed or not. A340; D524 Who are determined to be rich at all hazards.D283 It is when parents attempt to become rich and to leave their children rich that they especially err. R1828:4
And a snare— Of the Adversary. R2054:4
Lusts— Desires and habits. R2259:2, 3083:3
Which drown men— Which sink men. A340

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:10]

The love of money— Whether in rich or poor. A340 We should distinguish between money and the love of money, or making an idol of it. R5552:2,4023:1 Money represents toil, labor, accumulation; and as such it should be valued for the good it can do. R5552:2 This might include not only money, but wealth of honor, name, influence or power. R3878:6 Some have sold the truth for money believing that they would prosper in business better by advocating error. R5552:2 The injury comes not so much from the money as from the love of it, hence money lovers without the money are in as great danger as those who possess the wealth. NS67:4
Root of all evil— But the spirit of a sound mind forbids the opposite extreme of slothfulness in business. (Rom. 12:11) E259 Some coveted after—Any appropriation of wealth for selfish uses brings a curse, as illustrated by the sin of Achan, who appropriated some gold, silver and a fine Babylonish garment for himself. This covetousness resulted in his own destruction. R4071:1Covetousness is sure to blind us to the true situation and to make us unwise as respects the highest interests. R3939:6
Erred from the faith— The spirit of Mammon crowds out the spirit of love and wisdom from above, and leads to losing the spirit of the truth, the letter of the truth and the faith. R2259:2

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:12]

Fight— The world, the flesh, the devil. R2309:5, 5432:2 Battling for the Lord, the truth, the brethren. R2878:3 The battle with self is the greatest battle. R2878:1 A battle for victory over our own weaknesses. R2310:1, 4810:2, 2878:3; SM394:T, 430:3; OV356:4; Q603:5 Our fighting is on our own behalf, and on behalf of each other. We are fighting to the death in self-defense, to maintain our own liberty, and that of each other. R2310:2 Our battle is not against our fellow creatures nor with carnal weapons. R2309:2, 4527:2; OV356:4 Those who are naturally combative may think they are fighting the good fight when in reality they are only cultivating a quarrelsome disposition. R1040:3 Battling against all "the wiles of the devil," "for we are not ignorant of his devices." (Eph. 6:11; 2 Cor. 2:11) R2878:3 A continual warfare between the old nature and the new; the final victory of one means the destruction of the other. SM631:2; R143:5 Against pride, ambition, discontent, money-loving, selfishness, unrighteousness.R1042:5, 3273:1,5 Our defense of the character and Word of God. R3274:3 How different all this appears from that easy-going Christianity which seems but a very little removed from the spirit of the world. R2123:1 Soldiers fighting in this battle for the truth win not by injuring others, but by showing to others such noble examples of fidelity to the principles of righteousness even unto death as will commend them to the Lord and his cause. R3274:4 Not fighting the brethren. Nor exactly fighting the devil, because we are not able. CR314:2 Not with the world and not with the world's sins and immorality. OV155:3 Not with carnal weapons, but with the whole armor of God's word. NS61:4
Good fight of faith— Against sin, primarily in ourselves. R4803:5, 4728:6, 3273:1, 2878:1, 2309:3; SM180:1 The Church's warfare in the present time. PD93/108 Under an unseen leader, against an unseen foe, for an unseen crown of life. R2312:1 A conquering fight. R5432:2 Implies that we have a faith for which to fight. No man can fight who has not come to some knowledge of the truth sufficient to awaken his sympathies and enlist his energies in its propagation and defense. R1041:5 Faith in the Lord, and in the promises, must be the power that will move and energize the Lord's people. R2878:6, 4810:2 Faith in the Lord, not faith in men, or creeds, or ourselves. R2878:6 Faith means some knowledge upon which faith may rest; without it, we can never come off conquerors. R2312:2 A good fight is in the interest of that which is good, true, noble, pure, godly; for righteousness. R2309:1 We fight for a liberty and a glory of the verity of which we have no knowledge, except as we accept it by faith. R2312:1
Lay hold— And thus lay hold. R715:4*, 279:4, 142:5 By acceptance of Christ and consecration to his service. R1878:6
On eternal life— The prize of life eternal. R3273:2 Eternal life must be grasped; it will never be forced on anybody. E386; R1878:4
Art also called— Addressed only to the body of Christ, the consecrated Church. R2309:1
And hast professed a good profession— And didst make a noble covenant. A341

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:13]

God— The great life giver, Jehovah; we are his representatives in the earth; the honor of his name is to be vindicated in the presence of his enemies and before many of his deceived children. R1128:3
Pontius Pilate— The Roman governor of Judea; he had in his hands the power of life and death. R2470:3
A good confession— It was the Lord's witness to the truth that cost him his life. R2471:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:14]

This commandment— Greek, entole, meaning "this thing given in charge," this doctrine given by divine inspiration. R1127:6
Without spot— Untarnished in its glorious simplicity and purity unmixed with human theories and false doctrines. R1127:6
The appearing— Greek, epiphania, signifies bright shining or manifestation. R2979:1
Of our Lord— The salvation we are looking for is at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. R4298:5 Does not point to a special moment, hour or day, but to the period of his presence (parousia), during which his harvest work will gather and glorify his saints and establish his promised kingdom. R3652:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:15]

Which— Good confession or sound faith. R1127:6
In his times— Greek, kairos, meaning fixed times, as "the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand." (Mark 1:15) B78 The Millennial age; the thousand year judgment day. A139, 210
Show who is— Display himself as. E136
Only potentate— Who will then be known as the "Everlasting Father." (Isa. 9:6) R4411:5*
The King of kings— "And the Lamb shall overcome them for he is King of kings and Lord of lords." (Rev. 17:14) R2747:6
Lord of lords— Greek: kurieno, meaning to be lords. E71

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:16]

Who only— Christ; the Father, as always, being excepted. (1 Cor. 15:27) E79, 392; R2747:6 To apply this text to the heavenly Father would not be consistent with the testimony of Scripture, that the heavenly Son possessed immortality at the time these words were written, as well as the Father. R2747:5 This passage is somewhat ambiguous—we would have no special controversy with those who claim it refers to the heavenly Father—our own view is that it refers to our Lord Jesus, as the Apostle explains, God is always excepted. (1 Cor. 15:27) Q337:2God.R2339:2, 1879:1, 1642:4, 632:2*, 252:4, 44:4; OV138:4
Hath immortality— Greek, athanasia, meaning deathlessness, that which cannot die. E397; R2339:2, 204:1 Not mortal; death-proof; indestructible; imperishable. R1879:1, 715:1*; OV139:1 Inherency of life, requiring no sustenance. R4775:1, 2747:5, 252:4 Immortality belongs exclusively to the divine nature. R2747:4 The fulness of life which could not cease under any circumstances. R279:2, 142:3 This quality inheres in Jehovah God alone, as it is written, "The Father hath life in himself" (John 5:26); i.e., his existence is not a derived one, nor a sustained one. Immortality is an innate or original quality of His being. R1879:1, 715:1* When Jesus was highly exalted, he became partaker of the same divine, immortal nature, "...that he should have life in himself." (John 5:26) R233:6, 1642:4, 715:1* Now also possessed by Jesus, and promised as a special reward to the saints, the elect bride, the "body of Christ." OV138:4; R4955:6, 4071:3, 3774:1, 2747:4, 1052:5*
In the light— The light of which is above the brightness of the sun. CR467:6
No man hath seen— Jesus as the perfect New Creature; he comes in power and great glory, the express image of the Father's person. R348:4, 5269:1, 1692:1, 558:6, 361:1 No man ever saw the person of God. Q360:2 Men can only see God as manifested through his works and revelation. R558:6 "No man hath seen God at any time." (1 John 4:12) B132; T85 Christ and the Church, the real spiritual rulers of God's kingdom, will be unseen. R1872:5
Nor can see— Personally. R4966:4 Christ and his glorified Church will be as invisible to men as are Satan and his angels now; or as are God and the angels. R3075:3, 2289:2, 598:2, 546:3
But we [the little flock, when glorified] shall see him as he is, for we shall be like him. (1 John 3:2) T86; R3075:3 The Bible makes no attempt to describe heaven itself, nor its inhabitants. Men must discern God in his works. R4966:4; CR117:4

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:17]

Charge— Warn. R5243:4
Them that are rich— These words of the apostle never were more in season than now. R5243:4 It is when parents attempt to become rich and to leave their children rich that they specially err.R1828:4 There were both rich and poor in the assemblies of the primitive Church. R2932:4
In uncertain riches— If we would win the prize and the Kingdom, we must not set out hearts upon earthly things. R5004:2 Those who trust in riches find in the end that their trust has been misplaced, and that life as a whole is a failure, that it brings discontent, disappointment, strife and unhappiness. NS106:5
Who giveth us— All his people. R2763:5
Richly— "No man that hath left [all] for my sake and the gospel's but he shall receive an hundredfold now...and in the world to come." (Mark 10:29,30) Our Lord could truthfully have said that we receive a thousand-fold more than anything we have sacrificed for His sake. NS107:1,4
Things to enjoy— All things (needful) to their rich enjoyment. R2763:5 We are to see our liberties and to use them according to our judgment of the Lord's will. R3667:2 We can enjoy the rich works of art and beauty displayed in the shop windows without any desire to have them under our special care. R3734:6

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:18]

Ready to distribute— Liberal, ready to bestow. R2763:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:19]

Laying up in store— The Ancient Worthies have thus "laid up in store," as a result of their fiery experiences (represented in the ashes of the burned heifer), characters precious in God's sight, which he intends to use for the blessing of the world, after the Day of Atonement is ended. R1872:4
Good foundation— Good preparation. R2763:5
Lay hold on— It will not be forced on any, but must be grasped. E386; R1878:4 By acceptance of Christ and consecration to his service.R1878:6
Eternal life— The real life. R2763:5

[NTC - 1 Timothy 6:20]

Science— Human theories and philosophies. F138 The word means knowledge or wisdom in a more general sense. R299:1* Particularly the Grecian philosophies current in Timothy's day. R5910:3, 2611:2 Which acknowledged Christ as a teacher, but not as a pre-human Son of God and a Redeemer. E285,296 All fanciful speculations and philosophies should be disesteemed and discouraged. R1892:4 A guess is not to be set down as scientific truth. Q633:T The same God made both the world and the Word, so that there can be no contradiction. R3420:2* Close students of the divine Word are prepared to quickly detect error, even though it lurk behind a very plausible semblance of truth. R1206:4 True science has never contradicted the Bible; has never touched it but to confirm. R3420:2*, 299:2 The danger to faith arose not from real science, but from that baseless and pernicious gnosis, unworthy of the name of science, that was already on the way to its full fruitage in the Gnostism of Marcion and Valentinus that at a later day so cursed the early church. R3420:1* Science may be wholly vitiated by a superficial knowledge of the facts, by false generalization from them, by irrational and unwarranted explanations of them, or by failure to make proper application of the principle of causation in dealing with them. R3420:5*
Falsely so-called— Because not absolute truth, and hence not science. So-called science is changeable. F138 Pseudo-science. R3420:2*Science may become false by the narrowness that fails to take in all the range of facts involved, and thus leaves it incomplete; or by incoherency that shows itself incapable of grouping facts into unity, and thus results in merely a disjointed mass.R3420:6* It is only science falsely so called that has ever been made to appear to discredit the Word of God—Positivism, Darwinism, Spencerism, and all similar "isms." R3421:1* The theory of Evolution; Christian Science; Spiritism; Theosophy; New Thought, etc. R5816:1; A172 Christian Science denies the personality of God, deifies man, degrades Christ Jesus into merely a good man, relegates the account of the fall to mythology, teaches salvation entirely by works, and claims that death is an illusion. R3186-3187600 denominations with 600 different professions. R5016:6