Thematic Bible

1 Timothy 4:1 (show verse)

Now the Holy Spirit specifically says that in later times [Note: "Later times" in the New Testament usually refers to the period following the first coming of Christ and the establishment of the church], some people will fall away from the faith [i.e., the true teaching of Christianity]. They will pay attention to deceitful spirits [i.e., lying people] and the teaching of evil spirits.

1 Timothy 4:2 (show verse)

[Such teaching will be spread] by hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared over as with a hot iron [i.e., making them insensitive to their guilt].

1 Timothy 4:3 (show verse)

They forbid people to get married and require them to avoid [eating] certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and [fully] know the truth.

1 Timothy 4:4 (show verse)

For everything created by God is permitted [to be eaten] and nothing should be refused, if it is received with gratitude,

1 Timothy 4:5 (show verse)

for it is consecrated [i.e., made acceptable] by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:6 (show verse)

If you point out these things to the brothers you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, and will be nurtured by the message of the faith and of the good teaching which you have been following.

1 Timothy 4:7 (show verse)

But you should have nothing to do with those worldly myths [See 1:4] and superstitious tales [often] told by old women. Instead, train yourself for living a godly life.

1 Timothy 4:8 (show verse)

For physical training is useful to some extent [or, "for a short time"], but living godly is useful in every way, for it promises benefits [not only] for the present life, but [also] for the life to come.

1 Timothy 4:9 (show verse)

This [foregoing] saying is trustworthy and deserves to be fully accepted.

1 Timothy 4:10 (show verse)

For that reason we work hard and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, [and] especially of those who believe [in Christ].

1 Timothy 4:11 (show verse)

Command and teach these things [i.e., the foregoing teaching. See verse 6-7].

1 Timothy 4:12 (show verse)

Do not allow anyone to look down on you because you are [so] young, but you should be an example to those who believe [in Christ] in your speech, in your conduct, in your love, in your faith [and] in your purity.

1 Timothy 4:13 (show verse)

Until I come [to you], pay attention to the [public] reading [of Scripture], to exhorting people and to teaching.

1 Timothy 4:14 (show verse)

Do not neglect [using] the gift [i.e., of serving as an evangelist. See II Tim. 4:5], which was given to you in response to a prophetic message [or, prediction], along with the laying on of the elders' hands [i.e., signifying your appointment].

1 Timothy 4:15 (show verse)

Be attentive to these things [i.e., all of the foregoing]; be involved in [practicing] them, so that your progress [in the ministry] will be evident to everyone.

1 Timothy 4:16 (show verse)

Pay close attention to yourself and to what you teach [people]. Continue doing these things, for in doing them you will both save yourself and those who listen to you.