Study Desk. [Note: See Joseph M. Stowell III, "The Effective Leader," in Integrity of Heart, Skillfulness of Hands, pp315-22. In the ancient world, a person was considered a “young” man until he reached age 40. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! In word - in all thou sayest in public and private. Even though Timothy was an apostolic legate his responsibilities were mainly pastoral. amelei) contrasts with "Take pains" (meleta). "Exhortation" describes the explanation and application of the text the preacher reads (i.e, the expository sermon; cf. To eat without giving thanks is base ingratitude. But be an example. 1 Timothy: 5 Charges to Timothy at the end of each section. vol. ". Even though a woman may not be able to bear physical children she may have spiritual children and so find great fulfillment (cf. Paul proceeded to give some specific instruction about leadership of the church. The Greek verb Paul used to describe their activity (aphistemi, to withdraw from, lit. ", "Saving Faith and Apostasy: Do Believers Ever Stop Believing? depends on . Are these who fall away from the truth believers or unbelievers? . 3:15: That thou mayest know how to behave - This is the scope of the epistle. The words “in spirit,” which in the English version occur between “in charity,” and “in faith,” are found in none of the older authorities. Let no man despise thy youth - Act so as to be respected in spite of thy youth (1 Corinthians 16:11; Titus 2:15): cf. The words of men placed in such a position should ever be true and generous, helpful and encouraging, and, above all, free from slander, from all low and pitiful conceptions of others. Sometimes ministers are so busy finding food for their people that they fail to feed themselves. “Purity”: God expects evangelists to practice what they preach. Purpose: Timothy remained in Ephesus to combat false teachers. Version 2.4 introduces a new feature: dark mode.Setting dark mode changes the colour scheme, so the background colour is dark – nearly black – and the text is pale. We have no accurate dates as to the life of Timothy, but the tone of Acts 16:1 and 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15, seems to imply an age, say, between fifteen and twenty, at the time when he is first mentioned in the Acts. Keep an eye out for repeated words and ideas. Education Details: Chapter 4 The apostle, having in the foregoing chapter set forth the sin and punishment of the ancient Jews, proceeds in this, I.To declare that our privileges by Christ under the gospel exceed the privileges of the Jewish church under Moses, as a reason why we should make a right improvement of them (v. 1-4). i. p. 448) adduces evidence from Polybius and Galen to show that a man might be called up to the age of thirty-four or thirty-five. Context: Read all four chapters in 2 Timothy if you have time. 'Aleph (') A C Delta G f g, Vulgate, omit "in spirit:" perhaps interpolated from 2 Corinthians 6:6. So perhaps this "trustworthy statement" was one that they had popularized. In purity.—Chastity of mind as well as body is here signified. Consequently what Paul said to him is directly applicable to pastors today. Cf. ], "The Bible never speaks of a corresponding group identity for deacons. on StudyLight.org 1 Timothy 1:2; 1 Timothy 5:10-11; 1 Timothy 5:14). (See Moulton and Milligan, Expositor, vi., viii. (See Psalms 22:6-7; Psalms 22:15; Psalms 22:17; Isaiah 52:14; Isaiah 53:2-4.). Eph. Philippians 3:13; James 1:8. IV. Structure. God is the Savior of all in the sense that He has provided a salvation that is available to all. 1 Timothy 4:4). Obviously Paul was not saying God justifies us because we perform our duties faithfully. In conversation.—This rendering might mislead—the Greek word signifies rather “manner of life,” or “conduct.”. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The notion of deacons functioning as a "board" is never mentioned in the Bible. These fables are godless and worthless. Next week February 1–7, 2021 Spirit February 8–14, 2021 Soul February 15–21, 2021 Mind To look down on means to treat a person with contempt and scorn. ], "It is inspiring to see a young preacher grow for then the church will grow with him." This included direction concerning the leader"s personal life and public ministry, basic principles of effective interpersonal relationships, and the proper treatment of widows and elders. 2 Timothy 1:6) and some elders" hands. The blessed Founder of the religion is described by Tertullian, who lived in the same century with those who must have conversed with Christ’s disciples, as “having no human beauty, much less any celestial splendour.” Clement of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, and other very early writers, join in the same testimony. These gentle words of warning, such notices as we find in 1 Timothy 5:23 and in 1 Corinthians 16:10-11, seem to point to the fact of there being nothing winning in the personal appearance of Timothy, but rather the contrary. This appears to have been systematic instruction in the doctrines of the faith. E. The problem of apostasy in the church4:1-5, In this pericope Paul reminded Timothy of the apostasy that Jesus Christ had foretold to equip him to identify and deal with it. It may be real estate, trips to the Holy Land, politics, civic duties, even denominational service. Lightfoot (Apostolic Fathers, Part II. Date: c. 62-64 AD, Paul wrote 1 Timothy shortly after Paul’s release from his first Roman imprisonment. Their own spiritual lives suffer, and their churches suffer, because these men are not devoting themselves wholly to their ministry. Cf. The "trustworthy statement" Paul referred to here seems to have been what he had just said ( 1 Timothy 4:8). Powered by Lightspeed Technology speed Technology This requires rigorous self-discipline. ., p105.]. Now, after Paul's first imprisonment, he was still young (about thirty-five probably), especially in comparison with Paul (whose place he was filling), and with elderly presbyters, whom he should "entreat as a father" (1 Timothy 5:1); and in respect to rebuking, exhorting, and ordaining (1 Timothy 3:1), which ordinarily accord best with an elderly person (1 Timothy 5:19). Forty is reckoned old for a captain in the army, young for a bishop, very young for a Prime Minister. The Judaistic false teachers in Ephesus, by a perverted gospel and the teaching that salvation was only for Jews and Gentile proselytes to Judaism, would have certainly restricted evangelistic praying. It seems that 1 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy sometime after his release from Roman imprisonment as described at the end of the Book of Acts and was written from Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3). [Note: Cf. Another possibility is that these were two separate episodes in Timothy"s life. — (“Libenter id faciunt senes inanes,” Bengel). Purity, as in 1 Timothy 4:2, with the special half-technical sense of ‘chastity’ in act, word, thought. The two genitives do not, in strict grammar, depend on ., despise thee for thy youth. “In those times,” says Grotius, “presbyters were accustomed to be what their name signifies, “Do not let anyone ignore what you say just because you are young. "It is the first duty of a minister to display in his own life that which he wishes his people to be.". “Let no one look down on your youthfulness”: The teaching and commanding in 4:11 may evoke resistance upon some members. 12Let no man despise thy youth He says this, both in regard to others, and to Timothy himself. ii. 1 Timothy 6:13-14 Commentary. [Note: Richard C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, pp86-90.]. [Note: Idem, 1-2Timothy . There may be physical reasons for not eating certain foods (e.g, allergies, too high fat content, etc. Timothy must be very careful in his interactions with the opposite sex, and do nothing that would give rise to scandal or the wrong impression. 1 Timothy 6:9 Commentary. The teaching of the apostates Paul warned Timothy and the Ephesians to watch out for was asceticism (cf. Timothy should not become embroiled in refuting the fables of these false teachers ( 1 Timothy 1:4) that have a certain appeal, but only as curiosities. Verses 1-8: The Ephesian church had evidently stopped praying for the lost, since Paul urged Timothy to make it a priority again. When that happened a prophet who was present received a revelation from God that Timothy would serve Christ in a particular way. Thanksgiving. The earliest church was almost one hundred percent Jewish. Timothy should not grow slack but should keep up the good work he had begun. ), joined Paul in 51 A.D. (Acts 16:1-40), and this letter was written in 65-67 A.D. Paul knew that Timothy was a young man, but did not believe he was too young for the task at hand. See Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:13. purity. Pray for all people, for national leaders, and for all in authority in various positions in life. “But rather in speech”: This would refer to Timothy’s preaching and personal conversation (2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 2:1; Titus 2:7 “sound speech”). But if he had been then fifteen or sixteen, or even seventeen, here need cause no difficulty. 1 Timothy 6:12 Commentary. ., p317.]. Timothy was to "point out," a very mild approach, the truth about God"s good gifts that Paul had just articulated. Paul"s idea was not that through a ritual of Scripture recitation and praying marriages and food become acceptable for God"s people. (Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander, who were evidently fellow workers with Paul and possibly elders in the Ephesian church, denied truth regarding the resurrection ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:17) and vigorously opposed Paul"s teaching ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 4:14). [Note: See Gregory H. Harris, "Satan"s Work as a Deceiver," Bibliotheca Sacra156:622 (April-June1999):190-202. [Note: Kelly, p100.] Colossians 2:16-17). The ascetic life to which Timothy was inclined, accompanied perhaps by some shyness and timidity, might make him more than usually sensitive under such circumstances. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Paul, an apostle by the will of God — See 1 Corinthians 1:1-5; according to the promise of life — Appointed to exhibit, by preaching the gospel, and to bring men to, eternal life, promised by God to all true believers; in — And through; Christ Jesus — Who hath revealed and procured it. The ruler of a church—among whose members evidently a school of teaching existed in which a life of stern asceticism was urged on the Christian believer as the only acceptable or even possible way of life for the servant of Christ—must be above all things watchful lest he should seem to set a careless example in the matter of morality. This was, of course, utterly different from the old Grecian idea of gods and heroes. The teaching was novel and opposed to the maxims which guided and influenced the old world. 1 Timothy 4:12-13 Commentary. By his example and speech, Timothy must remove any barrier to the message his youthfulness might cause. The "presbytery" means a group of elders. 2 Timothy 1:1. ἀπόστολος χρ. Gnosticism taught that matter was evil and people should try to live with as little attachment to physical things as possible. Which was well reported of - These words are spoken of Timothy, and not of his father. Now they called lies the truth, and that is hypocrisy ( 1 Timothy 4:2). A faithful servant of Christ must pass along the truth God has revealed without distortion. 1 Timothy 3:1 "This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work." [Note: Hiebert, First Timothy, p80. ., p102. About the year 57, St. Paul says of Timothy, “Let no man despise him” (1 Corinthians 16:11). INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING LEADERSHIP OF THE LOCAL CHURCH4:6-5:25. and 1 Corinthians 4:16, Philippians 4:9. is followed by the genitive of the person for whose edification the exists in 1 Corinthians 10:6, 1 Peter 5:3. Probably Gnostic teaching that later achieved its most influential strength in the second century A.D. had influenced them. Let no one push you aside as a boy. Alternatively with his reference to the Word of God Paul may have been thinking of biblical expressions that the early Christians, and the Jews, used when they gave thanks for their food. [Note: Towner, 1-2Timothy . [Note: Hanson, p37. Sermons From 1 Timothy. In some passages the context argues for Christian apostates (called "backsliders" by some Christians; Luke 8:13; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; Hebrews 3:12; cf. one of Paul"s concerns here is almost certainly to arrest any doubts about the permanence of God"s church." . These are the first two of10 imperatives in 1 Timothy 4:11-16. Several schools of philosophy in Paul"s day denigrated the excessive physical conditioning that many Greek young men practiced. 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Even though Timothy was an apostolic legate his responsibilities were mainly pastoral. amelei) contrasts with "Take pains" (meleta). "Exhortation" describes the explanation and application of the text the preacher reads (i.e, the expository sermon; cf. To eat without giving thanks is base ingratitude. But be an example. 1 Timothy: 5 Charges to Timothy at the end of each section. vol. ". Even though a woman may not be able to bear physical children she may have spiritual children and so find great fulfillment (cf. Paul proceeded to give some specific instruction about leadership of the church. The Greek verb Paul used to describe their activity (aphistemi, to withdraw from, lit. ", "Saving Faith and Apostasy: Do Believers Ever Stop Believing? depends on . Are these who fall away from the truth believers or unbelievers? . 3:15: That thou mayest know how to behave - This is the scope of the epistle. The words “in spirit,” which in the English version occur between “in charity,” and “in faith,” are found in none of the older authorities. Let no man despise thy youth - Act so as to be respected in spite of thy youth (1 Corinthians 16:11; Titus 2:15): cf. The words of men placed in such a position should ever be true and generous, helpful and encouraging, and, above all, free from slander, from all low and pitiful conceptions of others. Sometimes ministers are so busy finding food for their people that they fail to feed themselves. “Purity”: God expects evangelists to practice what they preach. Purpose: Timothy remained in Ephesus to combat false teachers. Version 2.4 introduces a new feature: dark mode.Setting dark mode changes the colour scheme, so the background colour is dark – nearly black – and the text is pale. We have no accurate dates as to the life of Timothy, but the tone of Acts 16:1 and 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15, seems to imply an age, say, between fifteen and twenty, at the time when he is first mentioned in the Acts. Keep an eye out for repeated words and ideas. Education Details: Chapter 4 The apostle, having in the foregoing chapter set forth the sin and punishment of the ancient Jews, proceeds in this, I.To declare that our privileges by Christ under the gospel exceed the privileges of the Jewish church under Moses, as a reason why we should make a right improvement of them (v. 1-4). i. p. 448) adduces evidence from Polybius and Galen to show that a man might be called up to the age of thirty-four or thirty-five. Context: Read all four chapters in 2 Timothy if you have time. 'Aleph (') A C Delta G f g, Vulgate, omit "in spirit:" perhaps interpolated from 2 Corinthians 6:6. So perhaps this "trustworthy statement" was one that they had popularized. In purity.—Chastity of mind as well as body is here signified. Consequently what Paul said to him is directly applicable to pastors today. Cf. ], "The Bible never speaks of a corresponding group identity for deacons. on StudyLight.org 1 Timothy 1:2; 1 Timothy 5:10-11; 1 Timothy 5:14). (See Moulton and Milligan, Expositor, vi., viii. (See Psalms 22:6-7; Psalms 22:15; Psalms 22:17; Isaiah 52:14; Isaiah 53:2-4.). Eph. Philippians 3:13; James 1:8. IV. Structure. God is the Savior of all in the sense that He has provided a salvation that is available to all. 1 Timothy 4:4). Obviously Paul was not saying God justifies us because we perform our duties faithfully. In conversation.—This rendering might mislead—the Greek word signifies rather “manner of life,” or “conduct.”. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The notion of deacons functioning as a "board" is never mentioned in the Bible. These fables are godless and worthless. Next week February 1–7, 2021 Spirit February 8–14, 2021 Soul February 15–21, 2021 Mind To look down on means to treat a person with contempt and scorn. ], "It is inspiring to see a young preacher grow for then the church will grow with him." This included direction concerning the leader"s personal life and public ministry, basic principles of effective interpersonal relationships, and the proper treatment of widows and elders. 2 Timothy 1:6) and some elders" hands. The blessed Founder of the religion is described by Tertullian, who lived in the same century with those who must have conversed with Christ’s disciples, as “having no human beauty, much less any celestial splendour.” Clement of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, and other very early writers, join in the same testimony. These gentle words of warning, such notices as we find in 1 Timothy 5:23 and in 1 Corinthians 16:10-11, seem to point to the fact of there being nothing winning in the personal appearance of Timothy, but rather the contrary. This appears to have been systematic instruction in the doctrines of the faith. E. The problem of apostasy in the church4:1-5, In this pericope Paul reminded Timothy of the apostasy that Jesus Christ had foretold to equip him to identify and deal with it. It may be real estate, trips to the Holy Land, politics, civic duties, even denominational service. Lightfoot (Apostolic Fathers, Part II. Date: c. 62-64 AD, Paul wrote 1 Timothy shortly after Paul’s release from his first Roman imprisonment. Their own spiritual lives suffer, and their churches suffer, because these men are not devoting themselves wholly to their ministry. Cf. The "trustworthy statement" Paul referred to here seems to have been what he had just said ( 1 Timothy 4:8). Powered by Lightspeed Technology speed Technology This requires rigorous self-discipline. ., p105.]. Now, after Paul's first imprisonment, he was still young (about thirty-five probably), especially in comparison with Paul (whose place he was filling), and with elderly presbyters, whom he should "entreat as a father" (1 Timothy 5:1); and in respect to rebuking, exhorting, and ordaining (1 Timothy 3:1), which ordinarily accord best with an elderly person (1 Timothy 5:19). Forty is reckoned old for a captain in the army, young for a bishop, very young for a Prime Minister. The Judaistic false teachers in Ephesus, by a perverted gospel and the teaching that salvation was only for Jews and Gentile proselytes to Judaism, would have certainly restricted evangelistic praying. It seems that 1 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy sometime after his release from Roman imprisonment as described at the end of the Book of Acts and was written from Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3). [Note: Cf. Another possibility is that these were two separate episodes in Timothy"s life. — (“Libenter id faciunt senes inanes,” Bengel). Purity, as in 1 Timothy 4:2, with the special half-technical sense of ‘chastity’ in act, word, thought. The two genitives do not, in strict grammar, depend on ., despise thee for thy youth. “In those times,” says Grotius, “presbyters were accustomed to be what their name signifies, “Do not let anyone ignore what you say just because you are young. "It is the first duty of a minister to display in his own life that which he wishes his people to be.". “Let no one look down on your youthfulness”: The teaching and commanding in 4:11 may evoke resistance upon some members. 12Let no man despise thy youth He says this, both in regard to others, and to Timothy himself. ii. 1 Timothy 6:13-14 Commentary. [Note: Richard C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, pp86-90.]. [Note: Idem, 1-2Timothy . There may be physical reasons for not eating certain foods (e.g, allergies, too high fat content, etc. Timothy must be very careful in his interactions with the opposite sex, and do nothing that would give rise to scandal or the wrong impression. 1 Timothy 6:9 Commentary. The teaching of the apostates Paul warned Timothy and the Ephesians to watch out for was asceticism (cf. Timothy should not become embroiled in refuting the fables of these false teachers ( 1 Timothy 1:4) that have a certain appeal, but only as curiosities. Verses 1-8: The Ephesian church had evidently stopped praying for the lost, since Paul urged Timothy to make it a priority again. When that happened a prophet who was present received a revelation from God that Timothy would serve Christ in a particular way. Thanksgiving. The earliest church was almost one hundred percent Jewish. Timothy should not grow slack but should keep up the good work he had begun. ), joined Paul in 51 A.D. (Acts 16:1-40), and this letter was written in 65-67 A.D. Paul knew that Timothy was a young man, but did not believe he was too young for the task at hand. See Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:13. purity. Pray for all people, for national leaders, and for all in authority in various positions in life. “But rather in speech”: This would refer to Timothy’s preaching and personal conversation (2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 2:1; Titus 2:7 “sound speech”). But if he had been then fifteen or sixteen, or even seventeen, here need cause no difficulty. 1 Timothy 6:12 Commentary. ., p317.]. Timothy was to "point out," a very mild approach, the truth about God"s good gifts that Paul had just articulated. Paul"s idea was not that through a ritual of Scripture recitation and praying marriages and food become acceptable for God"s people. (Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander, who were evidently fellow workers with Paul and possibly elders in the Ephesian church, denied truth regarding the resurrection ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:17) and vigorously opposed Paul"s teaching ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 4:14). [Note: See Gregory H. Harris, "Satan"s Work as a Deceiver," Bibliotheca Sacra156:622 (April-June1999):190-202. [Note: Kelly, p100.] Colossians 2:16-17). The ascetic life to which Timothy was inclined, accompanied perhaps by some shyness and timidity, might make him more than usually sensitive under such circumstances. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Paul, an apostle by the will of God — See 1 Corinthians 1:1-5; according to the promise of life — Appointed to exhibit, by preaching the gospel, and to bring men to, eternal life, promised by God to all true believers; in — And through; Christ Jesus — Who hath revealed and procured it. The ruler of a church—among whose members evidently a school of teaching existed in which a life of stern asceticism was urged on the Christian believer as the only acceptable or even possible way of life for the servant of Christ—must be above all things watchful lest he should seem to set a careless example in the matter of morality. This was, of course, utterly different from the old Grecian idea of gods and heroes. The teaching was novel and opposed to the maxims which guided and influenced the old world. 1 Timothy 4:12-13 Commentary. By his example and speech, Timothy must remove any barrier to the message his youthfulness might cause. The "presbytery" means a group of elders. 2 Timothy 1:1. ἀπόστολος χρ. Gnosticism taught that matter was evil and people should try to live with as little attachment to physical things as possible. Which was well reported of - These words are spoken of Timothy, and not of his father. Now they called lies the truth, and that is hypocrisy ( 1 Timothy 4:2). A faithful servant of Christ must pass along the truth God has revealed without distortion. 1 Timothy 3:1 "This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work." [Note: Hiebert, First Timothy, p80. ., p102. About the year 57, St. Paul says of Timothy, “Let no man despise him” (1 Corinthians 16:11). INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING LEADERSHIP OF THE LOCAL CHURCH4:6-5:25. and 1 Corinthians 4:16, Philippians 4:9. is followed by the genitive of the person for whose edification the exists in 1 Corinthians 10:6, 1 Peter 5:3. Probably Gnostic teaching that later achieved its most influential strength in the second century A.D. had influenced them. Let no one push you aside as a boy. Alternatively with his reference to the Word of God Paul may have been thinking of biblical expressions that the early Christians, and the Jews, used when they gave thanks for their food. [Note: Towner, 1-2Timothy . [Note: Hanson, p37. Sermons From 1 Timothy. In some passages the context argues for Christian apostates (called "backsliders" by some Christians; Luke 8:13; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; Hebrews 3:12; cf. one of Paul"s concerns here is almost certainly to arrest any doubts about the permanence of God"s church." . These are the first two of10 imperatives in 1 Timothy 4:11-16. Several schools of philosophy in Paul"s day denigrated the excessive physical conditioning that many Greek young men practiced. 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Even though Timothy was an apostolic legate his responsibilities were mainly pastoral. amelei) contrasts with "Take pains" (meleta). "Exhortation" describes the explanation and application of the text the preacher reads (i.e, the expository sermon; cf. To eat without giving thanks is base ingratitude. But be an example. 1 Timothy: 5 Charges to Timothy at the end of each section. vol. ". Even though a woman may not be able to bear physical children she may have spiritual children and so find great fulfillment (cf. Paul proceeded to give some specific instruction about leadership of the church. The Greek verb Paul used to describe their activity (aphistemi, to withdraw from, lit. ", "Saving Faith and Apostasy: Do Believers Ever Stop Believing? depends on . Are these who fall away from the truth believers or unbelievers? . 3:15: That thou mayest know how to behave - This is the scope of the epistle. The words “in spirit,” which in the English version occur between “in charity,” and “in faith,” are found in none of the older authorities. Let no man despise thy youth - Act so as to be respected in spite of thy youth (1 Corinthians 16:11; Titus 2:15): cf. The words of men placed in such a position should ever be true and generous, helpful and encouraging, and, above all, free from slander, from all low and pitiful conceptions of others. Sometimes ministers are so busy finding food for their people that they fail to feed themselves. “Purity”: God expects evangelists to practice what they preach. Purpose: Timothy remained in Ephesus to combat false teachers. Version 2.4 introduces a new feature: dark mode.Setting dark mode changes the colour scheme, so the background colour is dark – nearly black – and the text is pale. We have no accurate dates as to the life of Timothy, but the tone of Acts 16:1 and 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15, seems to imply an age, say, between fifteen and twenty, at the time when he is first mentioned in the Acts. Keep an eye out for repeated words and ideas. Education Details: Chapter 4 The apostle, having in the foregoing chapter set forth the sin and punishment of the ancient Jews, proceeds in this, I.To declare that our privileges by Christ under the gospel exceed the privileges of the Jewish church under Moses, as a reason why we should make a right improvement of them (v. 1-4). i. p. 448) adduces evidence from Polybius and Galen to show that a man might be called up to the age of thirty-four or thirty-five. Context: Read all four chapters in 2 Timothy if you have time. 'Aleph (') A C Delta G f g, Vulgate, omit "in spirit:" perhaps interpolated from 2 Corinthians 6:6. So perhaps this "trustworthy statement" was one that they had popularized. In purity.—Chastity of mind as well as body is here signified. Consequently what Paul said to him is directly applicable to pastors today. Cf. ], "The Bible never speaks of a corresponding group identity for deacons. on StudyLight.org 1 Timothy 1:2; 1 Timothy 5:10-11; 1 Timothy 5:14). (See Moulton and Milligan, Expositor, vi., viii. (See Psalms 22:6-7; Psalms 22:15; Psalms 22:17; Isaiah 52:14; Isaiah 53:2-4.). Eph. Philippians 3:13; James 1:8. IV. Structure. God is the Savior of all in the sense that He has provided a salvation that is available to all. 1 Timothy 4:4). Obviously Paul was not saying God justifies us because we perform our duties faithfully. In conversation.—This rendering might mislead—the Greek word signifies rather “manner of life,” or “conduct.”. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The notion of deacons functioning as a "board" is never mentioned in the Bible. These fables are godless and worthless. Next week February 1–7, 2021 Spirit February 8–14, 2021 Soul February 15–21, 2021 Mind To look down on means to treat a person with contempt and scorn. ], "It is inspiring to see a young preacher grow for then the church will grow with him." This included direction concerning the leader"s personal life and public ministry, basic principles of effective interpersonal relationships, and the proper treatment of widows and elders. 2 Timothy 1:6) and some elders" hands. The blessed Founder of the religion is described by Tertullian, who lived in the same century with those who must have conversed with Christ’s disciples, as “having no human beauty, much less any celestial splendour.” Clement of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, and other very early writers, join in the same testimony. These gentle words of warning, such notices as we find in 1 Timothy 5:23 and in 1 Corinthians 16:10-11, seem to point to the fact of there being nothing winning in the personal appearance of Timothy, but rather the contrary. This appears to have been systematic instruction in the doctrines of the faith. E. The problem of apostasy in the church4:1-5, In this pericope Paul reminded Timothy of the apostasy that Jesus Christ had foretold to equip him to identify and deal with it. It may be real estate, trips to the Holy Land, politics, civic duties, even denominational service. Lightfoot (Apostolic Fathers, Part II. Date: c. 62-64 AD, Paul wrote 1 Timothy shortly after Paul’s release from his first Roman imprisonment. Their own spiritual lives suffer, and their churches suffer, because these men are not devoting themselves wholly to their ministry. Cf. The "trustworthy statement" Paul referred to here seems to have been what he had just said ( 1 Timothy 4:8). Powered by Lightspeed Technology speed Technology This requires rigorous self-discipline. ., p105.]. Now, after Paul's first imprisonment, he was still young (about thirty-five probably), especially in comparison with Paul (whose place he was filling), and with elderly presbyters, whom he should "entreat as a father" (1 Timothy 5:1); and in respect to rebuking, exhorting, and ordaining (1 Timothy 3:1), which ordinarily accord best with an elderly person (1 Timothy 5:19). Forty is reckoned old for a captain in the army, young for a bishop, very young for a Prime Minister. The Judaistic false teachers in Ephesus, by a perverted gospel and the teaching that salvation was only for Jews and Gentile proselytes to Judaism, would have certainly restricted evangelistic praying. It seems that 1 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy sometime after his release from Roman imprisonment as described at the end of the Book of Acts and was written from Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3). [Note: Cf. Another possibility is that these were two separate episodes in Timothy"s life. — (“Libenter id faciunt senes inanes,” Bengel). Purity, as in 1 Timothy 4:2, with the special half-technical sense of ‘chastity’ in act, word, thought. The two genitives do not, in strict grammar, depend on ., despise thee for thy youth. “In those times,” says Grotius, “presbyters were accustomed to be what their name signifies, “Do not let anyone ignore what you say just because you are young. "It is the first duty of a minister to display in his own life that which he wishes his people to be.". “Let no one look down on your youthfulness”: The teaching and commanding in 4:11 may evoke resistance upon some members. 12Let no man despise thy youth He says this, both in regard to others, and to Timothy himself. ii. 1 Timothy 6:13-14 Commentary. [Note: Richard C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, pp86-90.]. [Note: Idem, 1-2Timothy . There may be physical reasons for not eating certain foods (e.g, allergies, too high fat content, etc. Timothy must be very careful in his interactions with the opposite sex, and do nothing that would give rise to scandal or the wrong impression. 1 Timothy 6:9 Commentary. The teaching of the apostates Paul warned Timothy and the Ephesians to watch out for was asceticism (cf. Timothy should not become embroiled in refuting the fables of these false teachers ( 1 Timothy 1:4) that have a certain appeal, but only as curiosities. Verses 1-8: The Ephesian church had evidently stopped praying for the lost, since Paul urged Timothy to make it a priority again. When that happened a prophet who was present received a revelation from God that Timothy would serve Christ in a particular way. Thanksgiving. The earliest church was almost one hundred percent Jewish. Timothy should not grow slack but should keep up the good work he had begun. ), joined Paul in 51 A.D. (Acts 16:1-40), and this letter was written in 65-67 A.D. Paul knew that Timothy was a young man, but did not believe he was too young for the task at hand. See Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:13. purity. Pray for all people, for national leaders, and for all in authority in various positions in life. “But rather in speech”: This would refer to Timothy’s preaching and personal conversation (2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 2:1; Titus 2:7 “sound speech”). But if he had been then fifteen or sixteen, or even seventeen, here need cause no difficulty. 1 Timothy 6:12 Commentary. ., p317.]. Timothy was to "point out," a very mild approach, the truth about God"s good gifts that Paul had just articulated. Paul"s idea was not that through a ritual of Scripture recitation and praying marriages and food become acceptable for God"s people. (Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander, who were evidently fellow workers with Paul and possibly elders in the Ephesian church, denied truth regarding the resurrection ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:17) and vigorously opposed Paul"s teaching ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 4:14). [Note: See Gregory H. Harris, "Satan"s Work as a Deceiver," Bibliotheca Sacra156:622 (April-June1999):190-202. [Note: Kelly, p100.] Colossians 2:16-17). The ascetic life to which Timothy was inclined, accompanied perhaps by some shyness and timidity, might make him more than usually sensitive under such circumstances. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Paul, an apostle by the will of God — See 1 Corinthians 1:1-5; according to the promise of life — Appointed to exhibit, by preaching the gospel, and to bring men to, eternal life, promised by God to all true believers; in — And through; Christ Jesus — Who hath revealed and procured it. The ruler of a church—among whose members evidently a school of teaching existed in which a life of stern asceticism was urged on the Christian believer as the only acceptable or even possible way of life for the servant of Christ—must be above all things watchful lest he should seem to set a careless example in the matter of morality. This was, of course, utterly different from the old Grecian idea of gods and heroes. The teaching was novel and opposed to the maxims which guided and influenced the old world. 1 Timothy 4:12-13 Commentary. By his example and speech, Timothy must remove any barrier to the message his youthfulness might cause. The "presbytery" means a group of elders. 2 Timothy 1:1. ἀπόστολος χρ. Gnosticism taught that matter was evil and people should try to live with as little attachment to physical things as possible. Which was well reported of - These words are spoken of Timothy, and not of his father. Now they called lies the truth, and that is hypocrisy ( 1 Timothy 4:2). A faithful servant of Christ must pass along the truth God has revealed without distortion. 1 Timothy 3:1 "This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work." [Note: Hiebert, First Timothy, p80. ., p102. About the year 57, St. Paul says of Timothy, “Let no man despise him” (1 Corinthians 16:11). INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING LEADERSHIP OF THE LOCAL CHURCH4:6-5:25. and 1 Corinthians 4:16, Philippians 4:9. is followed by the genitive of the person for whose edification the exists in 1 Corinthians 10:6, 1 Peter 5:3. Probably Gnostic teaching that later achieved its most influential strength in the second century A.D. had influenced them. Let no one push you aside as a boy. Alternatively with his reference to the Word of God Paul may have been thinking of biblical expressions that the early Christians, and the Jews, used when they gave thanks for their food. [Note: Towner, 1-2Timothy . [Note: Hanson, p37. Sermons From 1 Timothy. In some passages the context argues for Christian apostates (called "backsliders" by some Christians; Luke 8:13; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; Hebrews 3:12; cf. one of Paul"s concerns here is almost certainly to arrest any doubts about the permanence of God"s church." . These are the first two of10 imperatives in 1 Timothy 4:11-16. Several schools of philosophy in Paul"s day denigrated the excessive physical conditioning that many Greek young men practiced. 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“Do not let anyone ignore what you say just because you are young. "Just as a skillful coach will often return to the basics of the sport to pull the team or a player out of a slump, Paul returns to the basics to keep this church on track." Thankfulness is the only condition connected to their use. We learn that God has set apart what He has created for our enjoyment through the Word of God, and we acknowledge that through prayer. When we thank God for His good gifts we remember that they come from Him and consequently we treat them as set apart for our benefit. [Note: See Gary L. Schultz Jeremiah, "God"s Purposes in the Atonement for the Nonelect," Bibliotheca Sacra165:658 (April-June2008):145-63.]. 2 Thessalonians 2:11). In word.—This refers to the public utterances in teaching and exhortation, but more particularly to the words used by Timothy in social intercourse. Asceticism is the idea that abstinence from physical things is essential for spiritual purity. 1 Timothy 4:12-16 Sample Illustration on 1 Timothy 4:15 - In Hampton Court near London, there is a grapevine under glass; it is about 1,000 years old and has but one root which is at least two feet thick. Advocates of asceticism are still with us today, as Paul wrote they would be. . Evidently Timothy needed some prodding to make him more assertive. ], "Paul"s words certainly sanction the Christian practice of grace before meals. In still other passages either or both may be in view; we do not have sufficient information in the context to say ( 2 Thessalonians 2:3; cf. Only here and 1 Timothy 5:2. [Note: Towner, The Letters . Salvation is sufficient for all but efficient only for those who believe. ἰησ.See note on 1 Timothy 1:1.. διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ: This formula is found also in 1 and 2 Cor. Read 2 Timothy 1:1-18 again in a more literal or more dynamic translation than you usually use. ), only that all God has created is essentially good ( Genesis 1:31). [Note: Litfin, p741.]. The apostle selected three essential spiritual priorities, out of many that he could have chosen, in 1 Timothy 4:6-10. Paul was probably aware how sensitive Timothy was about being so comparatively young, being only in his thirties. ], ""Sanctified by the Word of God and Prayer,"", [Note: See Towner, The Letters . The procedure described in this verse has, along with other similar instances of this practice described in Scripture, served as a pattern for the formal ordination (setting apart) of people for ministry. While it is true that God does this, Paul"s use of "Savior" has led most interpreters to conclude that he was describing God"s work of providing eternal salvation here as in 1 Timothy 2:4 (cf. ], Timothy had other responsibilities as an apostolic representative in the Ephesian church. In the following enumeration, is coupled with as words with deeds (Romans 15:18; Colossians 3:17). He was but a mere youth when he joined Paul (Acts 16:1-3). [Note: Wiersbe, 2:228. [Note: Guthrie, p97.] Conversation, [ anastrophee (Greek #391)] - 'behaviour:' the Old English sense. [Note: See Robert N. Wilkin, "Saving Faith and Apostasy: Do Believers Ever Stop Believing?" When cultists come knocking on the door, they want people to adopt their unbiblical views and to abandon their belief in the truths of orthodox Christianity. Paul considered the Ephesian Christians "brethren," not enemies or antagonists. In view of the context ( 1 Timothy 4:3) Paul may have had the asceticism the false teachers advocated in mind in his reference to "bodily discipline" ( 1 Timothy 4:8). Home > Study Desk. [Note: See Joseph M. Stowell III, "The Effective Leader," in Integrity of Heart, Skillfulness of Hands, pp315-22. In the ancient world, a person was considered a “young” man until he reached age 40. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! In word - in all thou sayest in public and private. Even though Timothy was an apostolic legate his responsibilities were mainly pastoral. amelei) contrasts with "Take pains" (meleta). "Exhortation" describes the explanation and application of the text the preacher reads (i.e, the expository sermon; cf. To eat without giving thanks is base ingratitude. But be an example. 1 Timothy: 5 Charges to Timothy at the end of each section. vol. ". Even though a woman may not be able to bear physical children she may have spiritual children and so find great fulfillment (cf. Paul proceeded to give some specific instruction about leadership of the church. The Greek verb Paul used to describe their activity (aphistemi, to withdraw from, lit. ", "Saving Faith and Apostasy: Do Believers Ever Stop Believing? depends on . Are these who fall away from the truth believers or unbelievers? . 3:15: That thou mayest know how to behave - This is the scope of the epistle. The words “in spirit,” which in the English version occur between “in charity,” and “in faith,” are found in none of the older authorities. Let no man despise thy youth - Act so as to be respected in spite of thy youth (1 Corinthians 16:11; Titus 2:15): cf. The words of men placed in such a position should ever be true and generous, helpful and encouraging, and, above all, free from slander, from all low and pitiful conceptions of others. Sometimes ministers are so busy finding food for their people that they fail to feed themselves. “Purity”: God expects evangelists to practice what they preach. Purpose: Timothy remained in Ephesus to combat false teachers. Version 2.4 introduces a new feature: dark mode.Setting dark mode changes the colour scheme, so the background colour is dark – nearly black – and the text is pale. We have no accurate dates as to the life of Timothy, but the tone of Acts 16:1 and 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15, seems to imply an age, say, between fifteen and twenty, at the time when he is first mentioned in the Acts. Keep an eye out for repeated words and ideas. Education Details: Chapter 4 The apostle, having in the foregoing chapter set forth the sin and punishment of the ancient Jews, proceeds in this, I.To declare that our privileges by Christ under the gospel exceed the privileges of the Jewish church under Moses, as a reason why we should make a right improvement of them (v. 1-4). i. p. 448) adduces evidence from Polybius and Galen to show that a man might be called up to the age of thirty-four or thirty-five. Context: Read all four chapters in 2 Timothy if you have time. 'Aleph (') A C Delta G f g, Vulgate, omit "in spirit:" perhaps interpolated from 2 Corinthians 6:6. So perhaps this "trustworthy statement" was one that they had popularized. In purity.—Chastity of mind as well as body is here signified. Consequently what Paul said to him is directly applicable to pastors today. Cf. ], "The Bible never speaks of a corresponding group identity for deacons. on StudyLight.org 1 Timothy 1:2; 1 Timothy 5:10-11; 1 Timothy 5:14). (See Moulton and Milligan, Expositor, vi., viii. (See Psalms 22:6-7; Psalms 22:15; Psalms 22:17; Isaiah 52:14; Isaiah 53:2-4.). Eph. Philippians 3:13; James 1:8. IV. Structure. God is the Savior of all in the sense that He has provided a salvation that is available to all. 1 Timothy 4:4). Obviously Paul was not saying God justifies us because we perform our duties faithfully. In conversation.—This rendering might mislead—the Greek word signifies rather “manner of life,” or “conduct.”. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The notion of deacons functioning as a "board" is never mentioned in the Bible. These fables are godless and worthless. Next week February 1–7, 2021 Spirit February 8–14, 2021 Soul February 15–21, 2021 Mind To look down on means to treat a person with contempt and scorn. ], "It is inspiring to see a young preacher grow for then the church will grow with him." This included direction concerning the leader"s personal life and public ministry, basic principles of effective interpersonal relationships, and the proper treatment of widows and elders. 2 Timothy 1:6) and some elders" hands. The blessed Founder of the religion is described by Tertullian, who lived in the same century with those who must have conversed with Christ’s disciples, as “having no human beauty, much less any celestial splendour.” Clement of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, and other very early writers, join in the same testimony. These gentle words of warning, such notices as we find in 1 Timothy 5:23 and in 1 Corinthians 16:10-11, seem to point to the fact of there being nothing winning in the personal appearance of Timothy, but rather the contrary. This appears to have been systematic instruction in the doctrines of the faith. E. The problem of apostasy in the church4:1-5, In this pericope Paul reminded Timothy of the apostasy that Jesus Christ had foretold to equip him to identify and deal with it. It may be real estate, trips to the Holy Land, politics, civic duties, even denominational service. Lightfoot (Apostolic Fathers, Part II. Date: c. 62-64 AD, Paul wrote 1 Timothy shortly after Paul’s release from his first Roman imprisonment. Their own spiritual lives suffer, and their churches suffer, because these men are not devoting themselves wholly to their ministry. Cf. The "trustworthy statement" Paul referred to here seems to have been what he had just said ( 1 Timothy 4:8). Powered by Lightspeed Technology speed Technology This requires rigorous self-discipline. ., p105.]. Now, after Paul's first imprisonment, he was still young (about thirty-five probably), especially in comparison with Paul (whose place he was filling), and with elderly presbyters, whom he should "entreat as a father" (1 Timothy 5:1); and in respect to rebuking, exhorting, and ordaining (1 Timothy 3:1), which ordinarily accord best with an elderly person (1 Timothy 5:19). Forty is reckoned old for a captain in the army, young for a bishop, very young for a Prime Minister. The Judaistic false teachers in Ephesus, by a perverted gospel and the teaching that salvation was only for Jews and Gentile proselytes to Judaism, would have certainly restricted evangelistic praying. It seems that 1 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy sometime after his release from Roman imprisonment as described at the end of the Book of Acts and was written from Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3). [Note: Cf. Another possibility is that these were two separate episodes in Timothy"s life. — (“Libenter id faciunt senes inanes,” Bengel). Purity, as in 1 Timothy 4:2, with the special half-technical sense of ‘chastity’ in act, word, thought. The two genitives do not, in strict grammar, depend on ., despise thee for thy youth. “In those times,” says Grotius, “presbyters were accustomed to be what their name signifies, “Do not let anyone ignore what you say just because you are young. "It is the first duty of a minister to display in his own life that which he wishes his people to be.". “Let no one look down on your youthfulness”: The teaching and commanding in 4:11 may evoke resistance upon some members. 12Let no man despise thy youth He says this, both in regard to others, and to Timothy himself. ii. 1 Timothy 6:13-14 Commentary. [Note: Richard C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, pp86-90.]. [Note: Idem, 1-2Timothy . There may be physical reasons for not eating certain foods (e.g, allergies, too high fat content, etc. Timothy must be very careful in his interactions with the opposite sex, and do nothing that would give rise to scandal or the wrong impression. 1 Timothy 6:9 Commentary. The teaching of the apostates Paul warned Timothy and the Ephesians to watch out for was asceticism (cf. Timothy should not become embroiled in refuting the fables of these false teachers ( 1 Timothy 1:4) that have a certain appeal, but only as curiosities. Verses 1-8: The Ephesian church had evidently stopped praying for the lost, since Paul urged Timothy to make it a priority again. When that happened a prophet who was present received a revelation from God that Timothy would serve Christ in a particular way. Thanksgiving. The earliest church was almost one hundred percent Jewish. Timothy should not grow slack but should keep up the good work he had begun. ), joined Paul in 51 A.D. (Acts 16:1-40), and this letter was written in 65-67 A.D. Paul knew that Timothy was a young man, but did not believe he was too young for the task at hand. See Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:13. purity. Pray for all people, for national leaders, and for all in authority in various positions in life. “But rather in speech”: This would refer to Timothy’s preaching and personal conversation (2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 2:1; Titus 2:7 “sound speech”). But if he had been then fifteen or sixteen, or even seventeen, here need cause no difficulty. 1 Timothy 6:12 Commentary. ., p317.]. Timothy was to "point out," a very mild approach, the truth about God"s good gifts that Paul had just articulated. Paul"s idea was not that through a ritual of Scripture recitation and praying marriages and food become acceptable for God"s people. (Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander, who were evidently fellow workers with Paul and possibly elders in the Ephesian church, denied truth regarding the resurrection ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:17) and vigorously opposed Paul"s teaching ( 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 4:14). [Note: See Gregory H. Harris, "Satan"s Work as a Deceiver," Bibliotheca Sacra156:622 (April-June1999):190-202. [Note: Kelly, p100.] Colossians 2:16-17). The ascetic life to which Timothy was inclined, accompanied perhaps by some shyness and timidity, might make him more than usually sensitive under such circumstances. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Paul, an apostle by the will of God — See 1 Corinthians 1:1-5; according to the promise of life — Appointed to exhibit, by preaching the gospel, and to bring men to, eternal life, promised by God to all true believers; in — And through; Christ Jesus — Who hath revealed and procured it. The ruler of a church—among whose members evidently a school of teaching existed in which a life of stern asceticism was urged on the Christian believer as the only acceptable or even possible way of life for the servant of Christ—must be above all things watchful lest he should seem to set a careless example in the matter of morality. This was, of course, utterly different from the old Grecian idea of gods and heroes. The teaching was novel and opposed to the maxims which guided and influenced the old world. 1 Timothy 4:12-13 Commentary. By his example and speech, Timothy must remove any barrier to the message his youthfulness might cause. The "presbytery" means a group of elders. 2 Timothy 1:1. ἀπόστολος χρ. Gnosticism taught that matter was evil and people should try to live with as little attachment to physical things as possible. Which was well reported of - These words are spoken of Timothy, and not of his father. Now they called lies the truth, and that is hypocrisy ( 1 Timothy 4:2). A faithful servant of Christ must pass along the truth God has revealed without distortion. 1 Timothy 3:1 "This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work." [Note: Hiebert, First Timothy, p80. ., p102. About the year 57, St. Paul says of Timothy, “Let no man despise him” (1 Corinthians 16:11). INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING LEADERSHIP OF THE LOCAL CHURCH4:6-5:25. and 1 Corinthians 4:16, Philippians 4:9. is followed by the genitive of the person for whose edification the exists in 1 Corinthians 10:6, 1 Peter 5:3. Probably Gnostic teaching that later achieved its most influential strength in the second century A.D. had influenced them. Let no one push you aside as a boy. Alternatively with his reference to the Word of God Paul may have been thinking of biblical expressions that the early Christians, and the Jews, used when they gave thanks for their food. [Note: Towner, 1-2Timothy . [Note: Hanson, p37. Sermons From 1 Timothy. In some passages the context argues for Christian apostates (called "backsliders" by some Christians; Luke 8:13; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; Hebrews 3:12; cf. one of Paul"s concerns here is almost certainly to arrest any doubts about the permanence of God"s church." . These are the first two of10 imperatives in 1 Timothy 4:11-16. Several schools of philosophy in Paul"s day denigrated the excessive physical conditioning that many Greek young men practiced. 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