1 Timothy 4:1-10 - The Savior of All
1 Timothy 4:1–10 (ESV): 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
Paul continues on to address false teaching just after explaining the mystery of godliness.
V-1 - The Spirit Paul is writing about is the Holy Spirit of God. The latter times (sometimes referred to as the Last Days) represents the time period from when Jesus ascended into heaven until the time He comes back. All other religions are not based from God. There is one clear difference between all other teaching and the teachings of the Bible. All other religious teachings teach what mankind must do to go to heaven or something similar. The Bible teaches that we cannot do anything on our own and we need God to come to us.
Notice, the teachings come from demons and deceitful spirits.
2 Corinthians 11:13–15 (ESV): 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
2 Corinthians 4:1–6 (ESV): 4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
John 8:44 (ESV): 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
V-2 - There are those out there who are false teachers and actually know they are teaching lies, but they do not even care. Some probably truly believe their religion and teaching are correct, but some actually know they are not right.
V-3 - There are two examples of things that false teachers were prohibiting in this verse. Marriage and dietary laws. Both of these things are gifts from God and should be enjoyed by those who understand the truth.
V-4 - This verse shows that God has stated that all food is to be enjoyed as long as it is accepted with a right heart.
V-5 - This is a strange verse at first glance. It seems to mean
V-6 - Paul encourages Timothy and all pastors to make sure to teach the things mentioned in this passage and in this entire letter.
V-7 - Paul says to not focus on silly myths or chasing ideas. Instead, devote yourself to follow the things God has clearly revealed and obey them. Work on following Jesus and being more like Him. Thus, you will be more godly.
V-8 - Godliness is important to focus our lives on because it alone truly matters both in this life and the life to come.
V-9 - Paul highlights another saying that was common in the early church.
V-10 - Paul says that he and his companions strive and toil so that others will know Christ and live godly lives. Notice Paul says his hope is in God. Our hope must be in a person and not a place or a work. Our hope is not in some distant God or dead person, but in the living God.
God is the savior of all people, meaning all kinds of peoples, and Jesus’s death is sufficient for every person, but only efficient for those who would believe.
Why do all people need a savior? It is because of our sin against God. We are under God’s wrath because of our sin and we need to be saved from God, by God. We cannot save ourselves. There needs to be a sacrifice that would take away God’s wrath upon us.
• Don’t depart from the faith by following false teaching that goes against God’s Word.
• Don’t depend on works to try to be accepted by God and to be holy.
• Receive all that God has made with thankfulness.
• Pray and read God’s Word to see how things are to be made holy before God.
• Don’t follow myths and silly ideas. Instead, pursue godliness.
• Set your hope on God.
• Work hard so that others can know the Jesus is the only Savior and the Savior of all.
This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK.
NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer
The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever
The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough
The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie
1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes
1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken
Does God Desire All to Be Saved - John Piper - Podcast
The Different Wills of God - R.C. Sproul Articles on Ligioner
ESV Study Bible
HCSB Study Bible
John McArthur Study Bible
Topics for the Prayer Time
*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus
*The unreached peoples of the earth
*Missionaries around the world and for more to go0
*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches
*That you would have more spiritual gifts
*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution
*Those who are sick
*Those who have lost loved ones
*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants
*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church
*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking
*Pray for the University of Florida international students
*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship
*Pray God would bless our community
*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us