1 Timothy is About One Thing

It is often helpful to look at books of the Bible with large, broad, sweeping glances to get a taste of what the whole book is about.  After doing this with 1 Timothy, you find that it is about one thing: godliness.  Here’s 10 verses to show you:

1 Timothy 2:2 – pray…”for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

1 Timothy 2:10 – women are to dress “with what is proper for women who profess godliness – with good works.”

1 Timothy 3:16 – “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”

1 Timothy 4:7 – “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.  Rather, train yourself for godliness…”

1 Timothy 4:8 – “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

1 Timothy 5:4 – “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.”

1 Timothy 6:3 – “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness…”

1 Timothy 6:5 – Wickedness shows itself in “constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.”

1 Timothy 6:6 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain…”

1 Timothy 6:11 – “But as for you, O’ man of God, flee these things.  Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”

This bird’s-eye view of 1 Timothy reveals that from the beginning to the end, this letter is about godliness.  Two things to take away.  1) “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14) Do not be duped, you will not see the Lord and no one will see the Lord in your life if you are not striving to live a godly life.  Is the overarching bent of your heart to obey Jesus’ commands?  Only those people are referred to as His friends in John 15.  2) Knowing Timothy was a pastor teaches us another thing – the thing a congregation needs most from its pastor is his holiness.

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