Thematic Bible

1 Timothy 1:1 (show verse)

[This letter is from] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope [of never ending life. See Titus 3:7].

1 Timothy 1:2 (show verse)

[It is being sent] to Timothy, my true son in the faith [i.e., in the realm of Christianity, not in a physical sense]. May you have unearned favor, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Timothy 1:3 (show verse)

As I urged you to do when I was leaving Macedonia [See Acts 20:1ff], I want you to remain in Ephesus in order to urge certain people not to teach a different [i.e., false] doctrine,

1 Timothy 1:4 (show verse)

and not to listen to legends or exhaustive lists of ancestors. These [only] serve to arouse speculations, rather than [promote] God's plan which is based on faith.

1 Timothy 1:5 (show verse)

But the goal of this instruction is [to] love [God and people] from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:6 (show verse)

Some people have strayed away from these things and have turned aside to useless discussions.

1 Timothy 1:7 (show verse)

They want to be teachers of the law of Moses, even though they do not understand what they are saying or what they are affirming with [such] confidence.

1 Timothy 1:8 (show verse)

But we know that the law of Moses is good if a person uses it properly.

1 Timothy 1:9 (show verse)

We [also] know this: Law [or, "the law of Moses"] is not intended for a righteous person, but for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for unholy and irreverent people, for people who kill their parents, for murderers,

1 Timothy 1:10 (show verse)

for sexually immoral people, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, and for people who give false testimony. And [law is for] everything else that is against the sound teaching

1 Timothy 1:11 (show verse)

found in the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.

1 Timothy 1:12 (show verse)

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, appointing me to the ministry [i.e., to His service], because He considered me trustworthy,

1 Timothy 1:13 (show verse)

[even] though I had previously spoken against Christ, and persecuted [Christians] and acted outrageously. However, I obtained mercy because I acted out of ignorance, not believing [in Christ].

1 Timothy 1:14 (show verse)

[But] the unearned favor of our Lord was given to me in great abundance, producing faith and love which are [found] in [the fellowship of] Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:15 (show verse)

This saying is trustworthy and deserves to be fully accepted: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the worst of them all.

1 Timothy 1:16 (show verse)

However, even though I was the worst, I obtained mercy so that the patience of Jesus Christ could be shown toward the worst [of sinners] as an example for those people who would later believe in Him in order to [receive] never ending life.

1 Timothy 1:17 (show verse)

Now, may there be honor and praise forever and ever to the eternal King, the immortal, invisible, only God. May it be so.

1 Timothy 1:18 (show verse)

I give you this instruction, my son Timothy, in keeping with the previously spoken prophecies [i.e., predictions] about you, so that by [following] them you will fight the good battle,

1 Timothy 1:19 (show verse)

holding on to [your] faith and a good conscience. Some people have rejected these things, resulting in the "shipwreck" of their faith [i.e., their spiritual life was ruined].

1 Timothy 1:20 (show verse)

Among these people are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered over to Satan [Note: This probably refers to withdrawing fellowship from them. See I Cor. 5:1-5], so that they would learn not to speak against God [anymore].