1 Tim 1:3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,
WHEN PAUL WAS IN EPHESUS
Acts 20:28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
THE GREEK FOR STRANGE (HETERODIDASKALEO) – (OF A DIFFERENT KIND) – TO PACKAGE IT IN A VERY SLICK WAY – MASTERFULLY
4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.
1 Tim 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
LATER TIMES… (2 WORDS FOR LATER – ESCATAS – ESCATOLOGY,
HUSTEROS – THE VERY END.
THE LAST OF THE LAST DAYS.
THEY WILL FALL AWAY (DEPART) aphistemi FROM THE FAITH
GREEK WORD (DECEITFUL) “PLANOS” – DESCRIBING A VERY SLOW METHODICAL DEPARTURE.
A SLOW PROCESS – ONE STEP AT A TIME.
Paying attention to deceitful (seducing) spirits and doctrines (didaskalia) OF DEMONS
THEY DEPART FROM “THE FAITH”. (THE BODY OF TEACHING THAT WE CALL THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH)
HOW DO WE RESPOND TO A CULTURE THAT IS CHANGING? TO PEOPLE WHO NO LONGER KNOW THE BIBLE?
Vs 6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.
THE GREEK USED HERE IS THE WORD “HUPOTITHEMI” – “HUPO” MEANING UNDER OR UNDERNEATH,
“TITHEMI” IS A FOUNDATIONAL WORD MEANING TO LAY, PLACE OR POSITION A FOUNDATION.
IF YOU CRAWL UNDER THE BRETHREN AND PUT A FOUNDATION UNDERNEATH THEM YOU WILL BE A GOOD MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST.
A CHURCH IS NOT ABOUT BUILDING A REPUTATION BUT TO BUILD A PEOPLE THAT HAVE A FOUNDATION
THIS WORD “HUPOTITHEMI” IS CONTINIOUS, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU DO ONCE BUT THE REST OF YOUR MINISTRY..
THE WORD SERVANT (MINISTER) GIVES US A PICTURE.
THERE ARE 3 GREEK WORDS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT FOR MINISTER
1.DOULOS – IT CAN BE TRANSLATED – MINISTER, SERVANT, SLAVE
THIS PERSON IS TOTALLY SWALLOWED UP IN THE WILL OF SOMEONE ELSE.
THEY HAVE SURRENDERED TOTAL CONTROL OF THEIR LIFE
- HUPERETES – 1 Cor 4:1
THE WORD FOR AN UNDER-ROWER OF A SHIP
THEY WERE CHAINED TO THEIR POSITIONS.
- 3. WORD FOR MINISTER USED HERE IN 1 Tim 4:1 IS “DIAKONOS”
WHICH MEANS “ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY”
Acts 6 WE SEE IT AS THE WORD “DEACON”
YOUR LIFE IS ONE THAT IS GIVEN ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY.
A SERVICE POSITION
YOU HAVE BECOME NOT JUST ONE WHO HAS GIFTS BUT A GIFT GIVEN TO THE CHURCH.
constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.