Bible Studies

1 Timothy Chapter Five

1 Tim 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

Do not berate, scold, belittle, and tongue lash an older man, but rather beseech and exhort him, that is to caution him and earnestly urge him as you would your own father. We are to have respect for age. Reprove a younger man as you would your kinsman.

1 Tim 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

The CHURCH family is to be treated as a kinsman family. So "honor thy father and thy mother" applies to older men and women in the church, and younger men and women as siblings.

1 Tim 5:3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.

We are to value and that is to put value, or a worth on women that are REALLY widows. A woman that has left her husband is not a widow "indeed"

1 Tim 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

The church is to take care of the real widows in the assembly UNLESS they have family, and in that case the family is required to provide for their needs.

1 Tim 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

The REAL widow that is to be taken care of by the church is one that is desolate, and is all alone without family. The qualification of real widowhood for church support is also that she be a pious widow.

1 Tim 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

I believe this means that a widow as described could have taken care of herself, but she has lived in careless luxury. A life of this sort indicates spiritual death while she is yet alive in the flesh.

The apostle James speaks of the rich in this way.

James 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

1 Tim 5:7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.

Timothy is to command this teaching so that the widows may be unrebukable. The widow in the assemble can know her biblical standing.

1 Tim 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

If a blood or marriage family member, (other than church family) not just the spouse, but ANY family member does not provide for a family member in need he has contradicted or refused the command of God and is worse that an unbeliever. After all, an unbeliever is not expected to obey God but a believer is to be expected to live in obedience to God.

1 Tim 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,

Sixty years of age is what the Bible considers past the "flower of her life" and not much hope for a husband. You see, God created women to marry and to be taken care of by her husband. She is to remarry if her husband be dead, out of necessity rather than out of love.

1 Tim 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

These are the qualifications for a "church supported" widow. In other words, no one will "sponge" off the assembly.

1 Tim 5:11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;

The assembly is not to support the young widows, for they CAN MARRY if they wish. Some man WILL have them. When they begin to live lavishly beyond their means, they WILL find support, and if the church doesn't help them they WILL marry.

Of course nowadays the government pays a widow to be un-supportive and she gets even more money if she has many children out of wedlock. And many of THESE TYPES of widows are in the churches. The government is paying them to sin.

1 Tim 5:12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.

They are to have punishment because they even go to law (court) to get unqualified support, because they have rejected or turned away from the piety and faithfulness that they had in the beginning. Also they may have turned away from their first husbands and in the eyes of God AND His church, they are still married.

The Greek word krima (kree'-mah # 2917); is taken from the root word "krino (kree-no # 2919) the same word used in the following verse in bold letters

1 Cor 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

The very same word, (kree'-mah # 2917); is used this verse as shown in bold letters.

1 Cor 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

1 Tim 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

Idle hands make for a busybody.

1 Tim 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

These are the rules for a young Christian widow. KEEP BUSY in the role God created you for.

The adversary, or the opposition will speak in discredit against a Christian woman that refuses God's role for her, and as a side note let me say that, SO WILL I.

1 Tim 5:15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.

Some widows in this assembly have already deflected to follow Satan.

Another side note. The role here for widows is for ALL Christian women. You will notice that they are to go back to the married role they were in, and that is to marry, bear children, and guide the house. Anything less is rebellion towards God and a decision to follow after Satan. This includes anyone here with that attitude.

You see, being under the instruction of a true Christian teacher that teaches the Word of God without compromise is not a piece of cake.

1 Tim 5:16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

Paul goes on to say that the widows with families be taken care of by their families so the assemble can take care of the ones in real need.

1 Tim 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Paul tells Timothy that the overseers/ pastors and teachers that lead honestly and morally be looked upon in two fold respect, especially those leaders that work hard at it.

1 Tim 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

If full time leadership is required, the pastor is worthy to get paid so that he too, can provide for his family so that verse 8 will not be applied to him.

1 Tim 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

Do not believe accusations against a leader unless the accuser can furnish proof by "two or three" witnesses' not just one. Two may be in collaboration

1 Tim 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

THIS in something that is NOT DONE in the churches of today, but we will practice this in this assembly.

Attending these Bible studies and attending this assembly will not be a piece of cake by any means. This CHURCH will be operated in the NEW TESTAMENT manner as commanded by God.

1 Tim 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

As a Messenger of Christ and elder of this local assemble I believe this "charge" has been given to me, and I will not be partial in what I do and in what I say.

1 Tim 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

I must be careful on whom I recommend for help in the ministry. I must be in prayer about appointing another to the job of leader or helper. I must not fellowship with unbelievers.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

1 Tim 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

I must take care of my health to better do the work of the Lord.

1 Tim 5:24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

Some men's, and this includes churches run by men, are in obvious, clear sin, and some men follow after these men or churches. Refer to Rev 18:4 again

1 Tim 5:25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

Paul says, that on the other hand, the "proof" of salvation is very clear in some people and those that are pretenders are so clear that they cannot be hidden. The pretenders cannot be hidden from those that study God's Word to discern truth from error. (2 Tim 2:15)