We come now to I Timothy, written probably AD 64, after Paul’s first imprisonment, as he is free here. Timothy is a young pastor, what does the great Apostle Paul teach him? Might he tell him of The 10 Essential Elements of The Real New Testament Message? From chapter 1, we can certainly find 8 of them. We first find #4, the Savior in verse 1, however He is also mentioned in verse 15. Verse 1 says ‘God,’ but verse 15 says it’s Jesus; which is it? Isaiah 43:11 settles that question. And the answer is: Jesus is Jehovah! Don’t think so? Wait ’til we get to Titus! We next find #5, the Gospel in verse 2, as ‘the faith,’ used as a noun speaks to the Gospel. Just plug the word ‘gospel’ in for ‘faith’ and see. It is mentioned in verse 11, and the Gospel is declared in verse 15: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” There is #9, New Life instruction to be gleaned from verses 3 and 4, 8, 18 and 19, and its allusion in verse 14 to live by ‘the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.’ Without question the #8, New Birth is found, as a result of #7, believing on Jesus in verse 16. Other mentions of the importance of faith are found in verses 4 and 5, and 12 and 13. These all revolve around the contrasting matters of #1, righteousness found in verse 9, and #2, sin as seen in verses 6 thru 11, 13, 19, and especially verses 15 and 16! Chapter 1 contains a glorious #10, Kingdom expression in verse 17.
With chapter 2, we see 6 Essential Elements. First, there is #9, New Life instruction found in verses 1 thru 3, and 8 thru 15. The instruction has to do with #1, righteousness says verses 2, 10 and 15; and not such matters of #2, sin as verses 9, and 11 thru 14 tell. Note: There is no place for female pastors, based upon the Genesis 1 thru 3 principle stated here. It is a principle established from the very beginning! We plainly find #8, the New Birth in verse 4, and this is all due to #5, the Gospel of our ‘ransom’ in verse 6. But, see this again… verse 3 states that ‘God’ is ‘our savior’ in verse 3, like 1:1 did, yet verses 5 and 6 are equally clear that it is Jesus who has saved, just as 1:15 and 16 make perfectly clear.
Chapter 3: Pastors and Deacons, and a divine Savior! We have lots of #9, New Life instruction within verses 1 thru 15. Church office holders must be known for their #1, righteousness according to verses 2 and 7, and 8 thru 13; and not for their #2, sins mentioned in verses 3 and 6, and 8 and 11. For such things as these, there is #3, judgment says verses 6 and 7. From 2:11 thru 3:13; these offices can only be held by men, and not women! All that is right and good is to be bound up in the true exercise of genuine #7, faith according to verses 13 and 16. But we find a beauty here in that Jesus is depicted, again, as #4, the Savior in verses 13 and 16, but with verse 16, we once again have an express declaration of His deity. This is the ‘mystery of godliness’! The ‘vindicated by the Spirit’ is an expression of the #5, Gospel element of Christ’s resurrection from the dead! The very last expression in verse 16 points to #10, the glory of the Kingdom. Hey, it’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell