September 26/1Timothy 1

Verse 1 > With God there is always hope. 2 Kings 4 is all about hope. God was on the scene through the prophet Elisha and in a number of humanly hopeless situations God came through.

Paul was appointed an apostle by the command of God. God knows what is best for us let him command you today through his word.

Verse 2 > Do you have any true children in the faith? Has your influence led someone to place their faith in Jesus. Live to take a few people to heaven!

Verse 3 > Just like Timothy was put in Ephesus I believe we have been put where we are today to bring a stop to the lies circulating around us. We do this by bringing the truth of God’s Word first to ourselves and then to others.

Verse 4 > Only the word of God leads to a life of faith in God.

John 1:1 (NLT) — 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Verse 5 > The word of God will strengthen our faith. The word will lead us into pure living. The word will create in us a love for God and others. The word will keep the conscience clear.

Psalm 119:1–8 (NLT) — 1 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. 2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. 3 They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. 4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. 5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! 6 Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. 7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! 8 I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!

Verses 6-7 > The point of the word of God is to lead us to Jesus. Discussions of the Bible should always lead us to Jesus.

John 1:45 (NLT) — 45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

John 5:46 (NLT) — 46 If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.

John 5:39 (NLT) — 39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

Verse 8-11 > The law points out when I am doing wrong so that I might turn to Jesus and change my ways. The law is laid down so that sin doesn’t run unchecked. Thank God for the law.

Galatians 3:24 (NASB95) — 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

Verses 12-14 > Paul wanted everyone to experience what he had experienced. This was the goal of his instruction and teachings. God’s grace gives us the faith and the love that we need to live for Jesus and to let the life of Jesus flow through us. I would have no faith to place in Jesus except he first gives it to me. I would have no love(the Jesus kind of love) to give except he first gave it to me. Jesus doesn’t condemn us for not having what we need > love. He just gives it to us with no strings attached! If there are strings attached to our love it is because we put them there.

Verse 15 > This is the message of the Bible. All of the Bible points to Jesus. From Adam & Eve to the present and into the future everyone needs Jesus because everyone has sinned. Sin skews our thinking. When Adam and Eve sinned they ran from God instead of running to Him. They had no reason to run because the Father had never given them a reason to run. He was always there for them and when they sinned he came to them not with a club but with clothing. Today when you sin run to God not away from him. He is always waiting with open arms to love and forgive. Don’t let sin fool you into thinking that God is anything but love. If you truly know him you will always run to Him!

1 John 4:8 (NLT) — 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:16 (NLT) — 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

Verse 16 > Paul is living proof that Jesus can save anyone!

Verse 17 > When Paul thought of the cross and his savior hanging there for him he could only drop his pen and break out into worship! I think I will just quit typing now and worship! Why not stop reading now and do the same thing!

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    There is a warning in verse 6 about not debating things that we are not supposed to know as opposed to learning about and talking about Jesus and his love for us. The end times is one area that people debate about frequently. Whether the rapture occurs pretrib, midtrib, or post trib is meaningless if you are not ready now. Also Jesus specifically told us that noone but the Father knows when the second coming will occur. It can be fun to debate these issues but it should never take the place of knowing Christ and God’s word.