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1 Timothy 4:9-16 Inductive Bible Study Notes, Cross References, Outline, and Discussion Questions

Paraphrase and Cross References-


9. This is true and should be accepted.

10. For godliness is our goal and we always labor for it, because our hope is set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially believers. (Rom 8:24-25)

11. Teach these things and instruct the people to follow them.

12. Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but instead in your words, action, love, faith, and purity, show yourself to be an example of those who believe. (Biblical examples: Joseph, Daniel, Dan 1:17)

13. While I am gone, set a high priority on public reading of the Bible, exhortation and teaching. (2 Tim 4:2-3, Acts 2:42, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Nehemiah)

14. Also remember the spiritual gift that was given you through the prophecy and the elders’ laying their hands on you (1 Cor 12:28-31, Eph 4:11-13, Rom 12:6-8).

15. Dedicate yourself diligently to these things. Give your whole life to them so that others will be able to clearly see your progress (2 Tim 2:15).

16. Pay careful attention to yourself and the things you teach. Persevere and don’t give up, for if you do you will make sure of your own salvation of those under you.




I.                   The goal (9-16)

a.      Personal holiness (9-12)

                                                              i.     It should be strived for (10)

                                                            ii.     It should be taught to others (11)

                                                           iii.     It should be central to our Christian life (12)

b.     Public teaching (13-15)

                                                              i.     It should be given a high priority (13)

                                                            ii.     It should flow out of use of a spiritual gift (14)

                                                           iii.     It should be embraced with dedication and commitment (15)

c.      Perseverance (16)




What is hope? What is our hope?

What does it mean that God is the Savior of all men? Does this teach universalism? Does it teach degrees of salvation?

What aspects of the Christian life does verse 12 touch? This says “do not let anyone”, do we have a choice how people view us? If you faithfully apply these principles will other people (Christians) look down on you because of your age?

Why did Paul instruct Timothy to give a high priority on public reading of the Bible? What applications can the church make from this? (Scripture readings, congregational responses, etc.)

How was Timothy to view his teaching/Christian responsibilities?

How should we view our responsibilities in these areas?

Does verse 16 mean that we can get salvation through works? What does it mean?


Teaching points-


Verse 10 - does not teach universalism. We know very clearly from other Scriptures (Matt 25:41,46) that all people will not be saved. However, God is a saving God, desiring to save everyone and He extends grace to all people. To unbelievers it is temporal. To believers it is eternal. This is seen in four ways- common grace (Psalms 145:9, Matt 5:45) compassion (Psalms 86:5), admonition to repent, the gospel invitiation.


Verse 11- This verse shows that teaching knowledge wasn’t the goal. Application was.


Verse 12 – Throughout the Bible it is clear that age has never been a concern to God. He often chose the younger instead of the older (Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Ephraim, David, etc.). When He told Samuel to chose David He said that God looks at the heart and not the outside of a man. Jeremiah 1:4-8 A young man can accomplish a lot for God as long as we rely on His strength instead of arrogantly rely on our own. We must put Him first in all areas. This verse touches both the outside (words, actions) and the inside (purity, faith). It touches both our relationship with others (words, actions, purity, love) and our relationship with God (faith, love). It touches both our actions and our motivations. It touches the visible and the invisible, both the heart and the mind. I believe this shows the character qualities a true believer should possess. He cannot separate spirituality into segments or cordon off his Christianity. Our faith must touch all aspects of our lives.


Verse 13 – The Bible is central to our faith. As such it should be the central focus when believers meet.


Verse 14 – His gift was identified by prophecy (a spiritual gift that was used to validate the faith at that time) and it was confirmed by the laying on of the elders’ hands. The Spirit was the actual giver of the gift.


Verse 16 – All of the previous commands given fit into one of the following categories: “yourself” and “teaching”. Personal holiness and public ministry were the two areas of emphasis.


The word for “to save” or “ensure salvation” is sometimes translated “make whole”. We know from other Scriptures that works cannot bring salvation. They confirm salvation and show that it is genuine. Perseverance will always accompany true salvation. It will be evidence of that true salvation both to others who are looking at us and to ourselves.


1 Timothy Notes Chapter by Chapter

1 Timothy 1:1-11 1 Timothy 1:12-20
1 Timothy 2
1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 4:1-8
1 Timothy 4:9-16
1 Timothy 5:1-16
1 Timothy 5:17-25
1 Timothy 6:1-10 1 Timothy 6:11-21


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