Daily Bible Insight: 1 Timothy 4:1-5
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Today, we’ll be taking a look at the book of 1 Timothy, specifically chapter four. In the first few verses of this chapter, Paul warns Timothy about the things that will occur in the last days and instructs him to “Take heed unto thyself” (v.16) so that he might not fall prey to the endless temptations and dangers that will arise in the latter times. Let’s read what God has to say about this perilous time in His Word.
(1Ti 4:1 KJV) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
(1Ti 4:2 KJV) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
(1Ti 4:3 KJV) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
(1Ti 4:4 KJV) For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
(1Ti 4:5 KJV) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
From the beginning of the chapter, we see that this chapter is different from the others in 1 Timothy. Verse one reads, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly…” What does expressly mean? It means specifically or for a specific purpose. Paul makes it known that the Holy Spirit is speaking in a very specific manner and that we should read the following words very carefully. The next verse goes on to say, “…that in latter times some shall depart from the faith.” The Spirit is warning us that some who call themselves Christians will forsake the work of Christ for a number of reasons: fear of persecution, fear of rejection, fear of humiliation; the list goes on and on. The Spirit is warning us that the number of Christians will decrease as the end creeps closer and closer. The verse says that those who have departed will give heed “to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” What powerful words! In fact, there are several examples already of people who have called themselves Christians and have instead become subservient to a lifestyle of sin and wickedness. It is obvious that these people are not truly saved, since Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Verse 3 digs even deeper, “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” We can easily see that this is contrary to God’s Word. Nowhere does God say in His word that humans should forbid to marry. God does instruct the Israelites to abstain from certain types of foods in the Pentateuch/Torah, but the old Law is abolished through Christ’s blood, so this doesn’t even apply. The next verse confirms this, ” For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” This is the purpose of saying our “grace” before meals. We receive the food with thanksgiving. Thus, it is set apart or sanctified for use in our bodies as physical nourishment and enjoyment. How wonderful it is to know that we have a God who owns the very food that we eat; we can eat it with thanksgiving, knowing that He provided it for us!