I Timothy 4 Part 3

New King James Version 12. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

The Resultant Version 12. Let no one despise your youth, but you become an example of the believers in word, in manner of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, in pureness.

God urges Timothy to not let anyone despise his youth. Timothy by this time was much older than he was when he first started representing Paul. The fact is that he may have been no more than a middle teenager, somewhere between sixteen and eighteen, when Paul first sent him to strengthen and establish the Thessalonian believers in the faith, as Paul records he did in I Thessalonians 3. Imagine old men being taught how to stand strong by one so young! Timothy must have been quite an amazing young man indeed. Compared to that, Timothy is now around 30 years old, and so must have been much more acceptable as a leader based on age. Yet even so, there were men in Ephesus much older than he was. Remember that the Jews despised the Lord Jesus when He was about Timothy’s age (after His birth in Bethlehem) in John 8:57 because He was “not yet fifty years old,” which was perhaps what they considered the age of respectability for a teacher. Therefore, there may have been those among the older people in Ephesus who would have despised Timothy for his youth. Read the rest of this entry »

microphone02Greetings once again to all of you who have been reading and enjoying my Precepts writings for many years! I wanted to update you on the latest news from my radio ministry. My ministry is “Knowing God in the Word,” and is funded and supported by The Word of Truth Ministry of Canyon Country, California. The program has expanded from four radio stations at my last update to eleven stations currently!

I am still broadcast on my original station, the Twin Cities Christian Talk radio station, 980 AM The Mission. The show is on at 8:00PM on Saturday evenings. For those of you who do not live in the Twin Cities, you can still stream AM980 The Mission over the Internet at their website, http://www.am980themission.com/.

My second station, which I perhaps now consider my “flagship” station, is JOY 1340AM in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This now includes an FM affiliate as well, JOY 98.7FM. The program in Milwaukee is on at 2:30PM Central Time on Wednesday afternoons. The program is streamed live over the Internet, for those of you who do not live in the Milwaukee area, at http://joy1340.com/. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 4 Part 2

New King James Version 6. If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.

The Resultant Version 6. If you put the brethren in mind of these things, you will be an ideal servant of Jesus Christ, nourished up the words of faith and of good teaching, which you have fully known.

Paul now urges Timothy to instruct or put the brethren in mind of these things. We might well wonder: had these brethren heard of these things before, or would the first time they would hear of these things from Timothy instructing them out of this epistle? We would tend to think that they would have received some instruction in these things from their local apostles and prophets when the dispensational change took place, as we discussed earlier. God did not leave them without guidance as they tried to come to grips with the new dispensation and what was expected of them in it. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I have a question for you………….

A woman asked me if cremation is proper?

I could find no reference in the bible about the disposal of a dead body.  There are several references regarding burial, but nothing of other means of disposal.  A couple references of the dead being placed in a cave with the entrances covered with rocks.  The only references about death and fire are in Revelations, but it concerns the second death, the lake of fire.

Gen 3:19 tells us,” In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.

Common sense tells us that men have been lost at sea, eaten by predators, burned alive, etc.  But none of this will hinder our future resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comments and questions:

So we’ve had some very interesting interactions with my sister regarding demon possession. It has been pretty interesting to hear of some of the “demon possession” that she has described. The first occurrence was back in July of last year. She, and my sister, who was there with her at that time, had the experience as described by her below: (I have removed the description to protect the identity of the questioner.)

Then just this week, she had another “experience” with a girl in her home who she described as being demon possessed:

Now the first time it happened, it definitely prompted another in-depth look at demon possession as described in the Bible. Here are a few of the main conclusions that I came to: Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comments (see my audio series on the Song of Solomon here: https://preceptsaudio.wordpress.com/category/song-of-solomon/ )

Ok well I reread your Song of Solomon last night and have a question.  In 5:6-8 did she try to escape then after consummating her relationship with her betrothed, but then was beaten by Solomon´s officials?

I really enjoyed your thoughts and studies and does help make more sense of the book in so many aspects and verses.  In 7:13 mandrakes seem to be something involving people to have sex as in the case of Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Ruben, in Genesis 30.  I thought this was just a superstitious thing.  Thoughts?

This whole section in chapter 5 is prefaced by Song 5:2, which reads, “I sleep, but my heart is awake.” I believe that she is describing a dream she had. Whether it was a dream sometime in the past, or whether she actually dreamed it that night after her shepherd left, is hard to say. She seems to be describing it to the court ladies who are waiting on her, so it could be she cried out in her sleep and they questioned her about her dream. She was probably in a whole lot of anxiety at the time, and fearful of what would happen when she finally faced Solomon. This anxiety could well have resulted in a nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »

demontale02I Timothy 4

New King James Version 1. Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

The Resultant Version 1. Now the Spirit is saying explicitly that in subsequent eras some shall withdraw from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and to the teaching of demons,

Paul now speaks of something that the Spirit is saying explicitly. He was saying this to Paul, and Paul was commissioned to write it down for us to know. These explicit words of the Spirit had to do with the way things will be in “latter times.” The New King James Version has “latter times,” and this might lead us to think of the “last days” of this dispensation of grace, such as we have them in II Timothy 3:1. Yet this is not the same word eschatos for “last” that we have in II Timothy 3:1. Instead, it is the word husteros (or “husterois” here in the plural), and this phrase means “subsequent eras,” as in The Resultant Version. This is ultimately a prophecy of the way things would be in the dispensation of grace, as this great period of God’s dealings with Adam’s began to run its course. Indeed, this is the way things have been throughout this dispensation, as we who live in it can clearly see by observing the world around us. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 3 Part 5

New King James Version 16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.

The Resultant Version 16. And beyond all argument the secret of true worship is great: which was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, witnessed by messengers, heralded unto the nations, believed on in the world, received in glory.

Here we have a very important verse, but also another one that is difficult of interpretation, just like verse 15. As it stands we read that “without controversy the mystery of godliness is great.” However, we realize that the word “mystery,” which is the Greek word musterion, is used in Scripture not for an unsolved “mystery,” but rather for things that are secret. Particularly when a secret is mentioned, it is something that formerly God had kept a secret, but now He is revealing it for the learning of His people. In other words, once God starts talking about a secret, it is a secret no longer. What this is telling us is that it formerly had been kept secret, but now it is being revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 3 Part 4

New King James Version 15. but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

The Resultant Version 15. But if I should delay, that you may know how it is fitting to behave oneself in the house of God, which is the outcalled of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.

Paul realizes that he may be delayed. Perhaps he was having problems himself ministering in Macedonia, just as Timothy was having problems ministering in Ephesus. At any rate, Paul knows well that he may be delayed in coming to Timothy. Yet he does not want Timothy to be in the dark about these things, and so he is writing to him in case he is in fact delayed, as it appears he was. As we mentioned above, the delay apparently resulted in Paul never going to Ephesus at all. In II Timothy, Paul is urging Timothy to come to him in II Timothy 4:9, but he appears to have no plans to go to him in Ephesus. That fits right in with what God said in Acts 20:25. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 3 Part 3

New King James Version 8. Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,

The Resultant Version 8. The servants in the same way must be dignified, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not a lover of money,

God has apparently completed His instructions regarding the choosing of over-watchers, and so He now goes on to describe qualifications for deacons. This word, though we probably recognize it from its frequent use in English, is really a transliteration of a Greek word diakonos. It is therefore not really an English word, and has never been translated. It seems to come from an ancient root that had to do with running errands. The word speaks of a servant, and so a “deacon” is one who serves. Read the rest of this entry »