Understanding The Bible
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BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
Key verse: 3:15
Theme: Behavior in the house of God from the standpoint of privilege, not responsibility. We are done with God as Judge. We are sons, servants, saints.
Time: Written about AD 65/66 from Macedonia.
"Timotheus, son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother, was converted by Paul on his first missionary journey at Lystra. On the second missionary journey he became the apostle's companion, and thenceforth he was his constant helper, loving, loved, and utterly trusted. Young and shrinkingly modest as he was, Paul repeatedly sent him on important missions, such as to encourage the Macedonian churches in the midst of persecution and to represent the apostle's authority in the face of disaffection at Corinth. We find him comforting and supporting Paul during his imprisonment at Rome. After the apostle's Liberation they together visited 'Asia,' and there Paul entrusted to him the superintendence of the church at Ephesus. "It was to advise and strengthen him to bear the burden of the responsibilities and perplexities of this charge that Paul wrote (probably from Macedonia) the letter which follows." (Arthur S. Way in Letters of St. Paul)
1 Timothy, Page 1 (Later New Testament
Epistles, Page 32)
HIS CHARGE RENEWED 1:3-17
THE NEW CHARGE 1:18-3:13
THE TWO GREAT "MYSTERIES" 3:14-4:5
The "mystery" of godliness (or piety) 3:14-16
The "mystery" of iniquity (or lawlessness) (2 Thes. 2) 4:1-5
PRACTICAL WALK (BEHAVIOR) IN THE HOUSE OF GOD 4:6-6:21a
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