With Giving of Thanks

In his letter to Timothy, Paul warns him that many believers will turn away from the true faith, following false and deceptive spiritual teachings promoted by hypocrites and liars, men without conscience. Among these false teachings are prohibitions on eating certain foods and even on marriage.

“But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it, but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable (or holy) by the Word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:3-5 NLT

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The Mystery

“Without question,” Paul writes in his letter to Timothy, “This is the great mystery of our faith:  Christ (or God) was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16 NLT

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One God, One Jesus

In His letter to Timothy, Paul lays out the truth of the Gospel he preached in one simple statement: “For there is one God, and one Mediator Who can reconcile God and Humanity– the Man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone.” 1 Timothy 2:5,6 NLT

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Praying for the Authorities

Following his urging Timothy to pray for all people– giving thanks for them, interceding for them, and asking God to help them– Paul draws our attention particularly to rulers and authorities.

“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives, marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. ” 1 Timothy 2:2,3 NLT

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To God be the Glory

“All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen One Who never dies; He alone is God. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17 NLT

This outburst of praise to God follows Paul’s discussion of the wonderful patience and grace of God, the successful mission of Jesus Christ in coming into this world to save sinners, and the wonderful promise that He still will save even the worst sinners who put their faith in Him. Paul himself was an example of that grace, and he never got over the wonder of it.

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An Example of God’s Mercy

Describing himself as the worst sinner of all, Paul announces the fact that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners.

“But God had mercy on me,” Paul continues in his letter to Timothy, “so that Jesus Christ could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 NLT

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