Godliness      1 Tim. 4:1-16      March 21, 2004

Introduction
Our text states "the Spirit explicitly says;"and the Greek word for explicitly is only used here
in the entire New Testament. It could be translated, "distinctly," or "outspokenly." An example of this work of the Spirit may be Acts 1:16. All godliness must be motivated by the Holy Spirit, and anything else but what he produces comes from the flesh and does not produce godliness. Do you see enough godliness today? I do not, and think all of us must ask if we personally demonstrate a godly lifestyle. The lesson challenges all of us to live a godly life. Of course this can only start after salvation. Godliness does not cause a person to be a Christian, but can flow from those who are Christians. Please open your Bible as you read these comments.
 

1. The . . Departure from Godliness. v 1-4

A.    The . . Description of those who Depart from Godliness. v 1-2
        1 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, paying
attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of liars
whose consciences are seared.

        1. Described as . . Deceitful Spirits. v 1
        2. Described as . . Demonic Influence. v 1
        3. Described as . . Displaying Hypocrisy. v 2

B.    The . . Demands of those who Depart from Godliness. v 3
        3 They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth.

        1. Forbidding Marriage. v 3a
        2. Forbidding Foods. v 3b

C.    The . . Drivel Taught by those who Depart from Godliness. v 4-5
        4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with
thanksgiving, 5 since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.

        1. Drivel Taught in . . Contrast with God's Creation. v 4 a
        2. Drivel Taught in . . Contrast with Thankfulness. v 4 b
        3. Drivel Taught in . . Contrast with that which Is Sanctified. v 5
            a. Sanctified. by the Word. v 5a
            b. Sanctified. by Prayer. v 5b
 
    Paul describes those who depart from godliness with the titles, deceitful, demonic, and hypocritical. Paul is not, and would not be, sympathetic with the tolerance of our day. He then notes the demands of these ungodly persons as they forbid marriage and certain foods. I would call this teaching just so much drivel. Paul contrasts their drivelous teaching with the truth of God. He says if God created it, and we receive it with thankfulness, their teaching should be rejected. He further teaches the demand of what they forbid can be sanctified through prayer and the Word of God. Note, Paul did not use man made rules but godly means to teach about godliness.
 

2. The . . Disciplines of Godliness. v 6-9

A.    The Discipline of . . Godly Privilege.
        6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus,
nourished by the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 But
have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths.

        1. The Privilege in . . Pointing. v 6a
        2. The Privilege in the . . Provisions. v 6b
        3. The Privilege in the . .Preposterous. v 7a

B.    The Discipline of . . Godly Preparation. v 7b-8
        "Rather, train yourself in godliness, 8 for, the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

        1. The . . Benefits of Godly Preparation. v 8
            a. Benefits of Present Life for the Godly. v 8a
            b. Benefits of Future Life for the Godly. v 8b

C.    The Discipline of . . Proper Godly Acceptance. 9
        9 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.

        1. The . . Trustworthiness of Proper Acceptance. v 9a
 
    The privilege of godly disciplines points out the pure teaching of God's Word. Paul tells Timothy he will serve God if he points out "the words of faith". We are to discipline ourselves in the provisions given to us in God's Word. Timothy followed these teaching and serves as a good example. He further had nothing to do with man made myths, and we need to have a disdain for them. They will not produce godliness so Paul instructed his preacher boy to train in godliness for it affects this life and the after life. How could Timothy properly receive this instruction? Paul urged full acceptance, and this remains true for all believers.
 

3.    The . . Demonstration of Godliness. v 10-16

A.    The . . Reasons for A Demonstration of Godliness. v 10-11
        10 In fact, we labor and strive for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things.

        1. Because of Hope in the Living God. v 10a
        2. Because of Hope in the Savior. v 10b
        3. Because of the Command of God's Word. v 11

B.    The . . Representation of A Demonstration of Godliness. v 12-15
        12 No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech,
in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. 15 Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching; persevere in these things."

        1. Represented Through . . Attitude. v 12a
        2. Represented Through . . Actions. v 12b
            a. In Speech, conduct, love, faith, and Purity.
        3. Represented Through . . Attention. v 13
            a. To the Word.
        4. Represented Through . . Acceptance. v 14
            a. Acceptance of the Gift of God.
        5. Represented Through . . Advancement. v 15
            a. Advance Through . . Practice. v 15 a
            b. Advance Through . . Pledge. v 15b
            c. Advance Through . . Progress. v 15 c
            d. Advance Through . . Perseverance. v 16a
 

C. The . . Rewards of A Demonstration of Godliness. v 16
        ". . . for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers."

        1. Save Those . . Ministering. v 16b
        2. Save Those . . Ministered too. v 16c

    People need to see, and we need to demonstrate godliness. Paul gives several reasons for demonstrating godliness, but these could be simplified by saying: "The Book, the Blood and the Blessed Hope." Why, because "we have this hope," and it needs to be demonstrated. We represent this hope in our attitude, actions, attention, acceptance, and personal advancement. How do we advance? Through our practice, pledges, progress, and perseverance! What are the rewards of godliness? Paul tells Timothy, and us we will save our ministry as well as those to whom we minister. Let us seek the Spirit's leading for a godly life. Amen? Amen!