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Part 11 Let No Man Despise Thy Youth- But Be Thou An Example of the Believers (1 Timothy 4:11-5:2)






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Part 11

Let No Man Despise Thy Youth

But Be Thou An Example of the Believers

1 Timothy 4:11-5:2


A Creed
1 Timothy 1:15-17

This is a faithful saying,
and worthy of all acceptation, that:
Christ Jesus – came into the world
to save sinners;
Of whom – I am chief.

For this cause – I obtained mercy,

That- In me first
Jesus Christ
Might shew forth – all longsuffering,
For a pattern – to them
Which should hereafter – believe on him
To life everlasting.

As He is: King:
The only wise God,
Honored and glorified
forever and ever

A Creed of 1Timothy 3:16
Without Controversy:

Great- is the mystery of godliness:
(That) God was:
In the flesh –


In the Spirit-
seen of angels:


In the Nations –
believed on:

In the world –
In glory!

A Creed of 1Timothy 4:9-10
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation:

For this cause:

We both labour
Suffer reproach,

Because we trust in the living God,

Who is the Saviour of all men,
Specially of those that believe.

1Ti_4:11  These things command and teach. 

1Ti_4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 
1Ti 4:13  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 
1Ti 4:14  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 
1Ti 4:15  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 
1Ti 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 
1Ti_5:1  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 
1Ti 5:2  The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. 

1Ti 4:12 
I. Let no man despise thy youth
A. but be thou an example of the believers
1.in word,
2. in conversation,
3. in charity,
4. in spirit,
5. in faith,
6. in purity.

1Ti 4:13 
B. give attendance to
1. reading,
2. to exhortation,
3. to doctrine. 

1Ti 4:14
C. Neglect not the gift that is in thee,
1. which was given thee
a. by prophecy,
b. with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 

1Ti 4:15 
D. Meditate upon these things;
1. give thyself wholly to them;
a. that thy profiting may appear to all.

1Ti 4:16 
E. Take heed
1. unto thyself
2. and unto the doctrine;

F. continue in them:
1. for in doing this
1. thou shalt both save thyself,
2. and them that hear thee.

1Ti 5:1
a. Elders
1. Rebuke not
2. but intreat
3. as a father

b. younger men
1. as brethren

1Ti 5:2
c. elder women
1. as mothers
d. the younger
1. as sisters,
2. with all purity. 

Remembering the warfare of Faith Paul had just encouraged Timothy in, and in the proper understanding of the mystery of the Faith as well, as the full assertion of the Lordship of Christ, as we have been taught it within the confines of an economy or a house hold Law of God in Faith that is to establish the believer in Faith by “the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned” and as we can simply say it ‘a pure conscience’.
Paul’s constant and consistent preaching is to make known the goodness of the Law of God, a goodness only present in the use of the Law lawfully, and economy of Faith that positions and balances out the Law with the end it is ultimately to establish, and that is a firm faith in Christ and his righteousness and as such as the one who can save sinners and give mercy unto everlasting life.
See, Paul’s words to the Young ministering Bishop / over seer Timothy, a man appointed by the Elder men or Presbytery of the community church of Ephesus where he stood up as a head Judge among his brothers there in that city, was not to be an autonomous ruler or a Judge ruling by his own wisdom or prudence but rather to be a Young man who could both stand up among his brethren as one who is as Psa_119:100 says  :

I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. 

the ABP LXX says:

Psa 119:100  Above the eldersG4245 I perceived; for 1I sought after].G1567 2your commandmentsG1785,


and so we read Paul saying to young Timothy:

1Ti 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 
1Ti 4:13  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 
1Ti_4:14  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 
1Ti 4:15  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 
1Ti 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 

Timothy was younger than some of the other Presbyters in the Presbytery, but the council of the presbytery chose him, layed hands on him to over see them as a Church, and as a man in this position he is watched, as an example to the believers, from young to old, but especially by the old men who have more life experience and more understanding of many things, and the only way for Younger Timothy to prove himself as a worthy choice of the old men is if he is an example of the believers, 1. in word, 2. in conversation, 3. in charity, 4. in spirit, 5. in faith, 6. in purity. 
By give attendance to 1.reading, 2. to exhortation, 3. to doctrine. 4. in not  Neglecting the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 

Paul presses Timothy to Meditate upon these things; and to think deep thoughts on all of these, to give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all, that the benefit of having Timothy as the Overseer is known by his example, the unfeigned believers will hear Timothy’s words and take it as an example of speech, the believers will see timothy’s way of life, his conversation and it will be an example to them, Timothy’s model of Love will be mimicked, his spirit will be the model of how one aught to be lead, timothy’s faith and example of how a believer believes and is known to be, and the example Timothy offers to his believing Church of His Purity is the basis of what holiness is known to be in Timothy’s company and those who are looking to Timothy from the inside and from the outside (the heathen).
And so when we see Paul admonish Timothy to

“Let no man despise they Youth…”,

as we see in other places in scripture, where the admonition is spoken in the voice of a command in a second person kind of way, there is only one way this command can be obeyed, and it is not by the force of law, it is not by punishments, no it is by Timothy exercising himself rather unto godliness; they will see Timothy “labour and suffer reproach, because he has trust in the living God his savior…” and that example will prevent the elders or the youngsters to not despise Timothy’s youth. In other words, ‘Timothy if you want to command men to not despise you, you make yourself above despising’, be though above reproach’ How?

They will see Timothy’s reading of the word of God, this is that timothy goes to the Word for his example and he attends to it or takes heed to it! Timothy is exerted or Comforted by the word and the spirit of the word (para-kleat) and that They will see Timothy’s sound, and good, healthy doctrine and they will learning by example not only by recital, only or by the letter of the Faith, but by the attendance of it and the comfort that comes thereby.
Here is an important fact to watch and to take heed of, and that which will promulgate: A man who is in leadership, especially over sight, that is not giving heed, giving attendance to reading the Word of God and being comforted by the exhortation the spirit breathed word as it admonishes one to be in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity, that man will be despised and he will let men despise him and fail in the command to “Let no man despise …” either young or old, but the case will be that a man not comforted by the truth of the word in it’s application to his life to produce a good example – a steward of God and economist of God steeped in Faith will rather be despised and found a hypocrite.
It is of uttermost importance for leaders called to the ministry and the oversight now and in the times to come to give heed to reading, to exhortation (comfort by the word), and to doctrine as the example to those around you which you minister to in an official setting or in a nominal setting regardless of who you are as well, or ever see yourself this too is your example of the man or woman you are to be, insomuch as all Christians are to be the witness of Christ’s power to save sinners in this world and in that which is to come.  

and finally while the prophecy was not spoke to all men but to Timothy singularly, that the gift of the prophecy spoken concerning timothy would also be an example to those who know it’s calling. We do know at least one of these applicable prophecies which Timothy is to not Neglect while also being an example to others which comes from 1Ti_1:18-19 wherein Paul says:

“son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck”. 1Ti_1:18-19

And so very much this is a call to meditate on the Soldier like station Timothy has in the Faith, the prophecy not to be neglected is that of enduring hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. , to war and not be entangled with the affairs of this life; to please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2Ti_2:3-4

Therefore it is by the Meditate upon these things and the give of thyself wholly to them; that Timothy’s profiting by these attendances may appear to all as profitable as increase or furtherance.
The whole admonition is for Timothy as younger elder to be seen as an example, and there by to profit or increase in the saving of himself and of them who hear him.  

And so it here and upon this foundation Paul then starts to lay more upon the foundations of Church Government to Help Timothy in the Oversight he is ordained to, that is in the Saving of himself and those that hear, in conducting himself as a n example to the other Elders under his over sight and the deacons as well, the common believers of men and women who are all in the process of salvation as they live, this is obviously not elevating Timothy to the place of the ‘Living God, the Saviour of all men, specially those who believe’ but rather it is speaking of the process of progressive sanctification wherein the will of God is made known to the believer in the Living God, it is undoubtedly part of the salvation of a sinner, but it is not the salvation of a sinner. But in the Church structure we are to strive to have in our respective locations and comprised of our covenanted Family and families, the Overseer while he is in leadership as we see Timothy is yet progressing in his knowledge, in his doctrine as are the other church leaders and those who not in the leadership and may never be. All men in there respective order, position and place are progressing towards a goal to take better heed or attendance to the exhortations given by reading the holy scriptures and applying it to their life.

Certain pit falls of pride occur in leadership and oversight, and so these pits need to be shown as for one not to fall into them, certain pit falls of reproach occur in ministry which need to be known as to avoid them all the more, and so the salvation here spoken of which timothy is to save himself with and those who hear him is not that salvation unto eternal life (outside of the preaching of the word that leads to repentance in Jesus Christ) but that which attends unto the safety and health of the saved by God’s grace according to the good pleasure of his will.
And so first Paul warns Timothy of a pitfall we can understand as a repercussion of Pride and a call to temperance and patience:

1Ti_5:1  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 
1Ti 5:2  The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. 

Here is a call to restraint according to the commandment, wherein even one in authority or especially one in authority shows forth his comfort taught him by his reading of the word of God as part of his doctrine, this is namely:

Lev_19:32 At the face of a gray one you shall rise up, and you shall esteem the elder face and you shall fear your God. I am the LORD your God.
and that coupled with

Exo_20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother…

As we understand the nature of church government we understand that at time and probably more often than not the Judge and overseer will not always be the oldest man, who can claim mere age as his right to authority, rather we will times where an overseer will be, as timothy, younger than other in his respective unit, and He must learn to intreat these elder men which the words of the Law exhorted Timothy to do, not only in esteem or value, but also in the fear of God, this doctrine rules the Churches Government .

Timothy is not above the Law as a Judge, rather he is a steward of it, an economist of its faithful application.
Timothy is thus told to honor those old faces in his company in his unit especially by never rebuking them violently but rather by a more gentile honoring way, in entreating them as one is commanded by the law of God to also honor or esteem ones own natural genetic father.

Can father be wrong? Yes, and often, especially as age approaches upon them. But an entreat is the way to help this problem according to the exhortation or comfort of God’s word and doctrine not by rebuke.
Rebuke epi-plēssō / over smitten or crushed G4141 is the idea of stepping on or figuratively over powering, it is a violent word denoting a form of abrasive treatment, especially with hard words. and we see here that Paul is lawfully teaching timothy to not neglect the honor or esteem due an elder, and to not neglect the fear of God made known by this very commandment, but rather in line with honor, in line with esteem one who has been stood up by this very presbytery (congregation of elders) is not given authority stand up in order to crush or rebuke those who are older than him, but rather in line with being a good example and letting no man despise him Timothy is Taught the lawful use of the Law concerning the treatment of the old faces even when they are in need of correction.
This is a touchy subject, and this is a highly important subject, because if the Overseer (like Timothy) can not reverence the face of the old man and stand up before him according to the clear, natural and intrinsic word of God, then that same over seer can not obey the Living God that had called him to be the Judge.
The council of elders, especially those elders those old men and women of the church unite, within the structure of 10, 50, 100, and 1000’s are in fact fathers and mothers and they are the natural heads of children before almighty God, and while the Governmental structure of the Church chooses from among it’s men an able man, known, a man of truth hating covetousness to be set up to hear maters according to just judgment by the law of God, that power as an over seer is limited in its reaches lawfully, the law delegates the authority of the judge and the law restricts the authority and jurisdiction of the judge which the law of God ordains, and the Judge that cannot respect his God ordained authority in the fear of the LORD YHWH is not fit to be a Judge at all.

And so it is, when an Elder, a common old man or a churchmen that may have a standing in the church unite, or a elder woman, while not in authority in the sense of church leadership is yet in honor and esteem and to be held up to be honored by the Over seer.
And So an entreaty is commanded and not a rebuke, an entreaty is simply the effort made to comfort or call near another G3870 para-kaleō, it is a relative word to the instructions given to Paul in 4:13 to exhort or have comfort by the word of God παρακλησειG3874 : paraklēsis .
Ultimately when we are dealing in this form of work we are encourage to consider the word of God and it’s application to whatever the situation is to comfort another, and this work is in fact given over to the person of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

So in affect Paul is very much so commanding Timothy to utilize and employ the help of the holy spirit by the word of God- encourage the old men to be the men God has made them to be, hold them up to be in the station the Living God has placed them in by age and esteem. The elders, need encouraged too, and it is the job of the mindful overseer to over see the economy of the church and comfort, or exhort where there is need and so entreat the old men as a father… and…  The elder women as mothers, this is not only for the overseer himself to treat these elders with reverence as if they were his own father and mother, but to remind them of who thy are and what they are according to the word of God, this is an essential balance.

And not only does Paul speak to the elder fathers and mothers, but also to the younger men and women, that they be entreated and exhorted by the word of God to be in behavior as brothers and sisters.
And so while lev 19:17 is often times the cover verse for loving ones brother and yet rebuking him:

Lev_19:17  Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

It is important that self examination of hatred and motives is maintained; thereby a rebuke is subject to retreatment as well according to the word of God, the law of God, as to not suffer your brother or sister to sin. This shows a desire to encourage the youth of the church to be godly young folks, to be covenantal brothers and sisters in the faith, and also to be natural brothers and sister as well, not favoring one respect over the other but rather elevating the comfort of God’s law at every station of life we find our selves in.

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Foremost I know that I am a chief sinner saved by Grace. I am a servant of YHWH Almighty the one true God Who is Father, Son and Spirit. I believe in God's only begotten and perfect Son Jesu(s) Christ whose redemption power of my soul I have Faith in and testify of. Having been redeemed by the blood of Christ, I wish to no longer spend my time in the lusts of the flesh and of this world, but to promote the Gospel of the Kingdom by means of the knowledge of the New Covenant, a reNewal of the Covenant God made with his people Israel in the blood of Christ (Jer 31:31 and Heb 8:8) whereby He writes His Law upon the Heart and Mind beside the forgiveness of sin and transgressions. I believe Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God as the WORD made flesh, and the son of man born of the virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit: I believe Christ Jesus Lived a perfect life for us as a living sacrifice as well as a pattern of the Sanctified newness of life a believer has in Him, I believe Christ Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross for His people of Covenant who are sinners, and I believe in Christ Jesus who Resurrected with power from Death from the grave to Justify the offenders. This is the same Jesus who is indeed the Son of David and king of Israel, who is both LORD and Christ over all the kings and dominions of the earth! In the fullness of time YHWH will regather his people under the Head of the Church, Jesu(s) Christ to affect his will according to the Lord's prayer, Psalm 2, 8 and 110 as well as Genesis 1:26. The focus of my administration of the Gospel is like unto my Lord's who said "I have come not but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.."(Mathew 15:24), and so I have come to my European kinsman according to the flesh. It is my mission to show the Israel of God the Salvation which is taught by Scripture Alone and offered in all ages by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the work of Christ Alone to the Glory of GOD Alone. As a modern day Puritan separatist it is my goal to purify the church of Christ with Faith heretofore stated. I am studying to show my self approved, if you have any questions just ask!

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