The following articles are related to the topic of TIMOTHY

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 – Election through the Gospel

The theology of John Calvin contends that before the foundation of the world, God elected certain ones (both angels and men) to be saved, and others to be lost. There is no biblical basis for this. In the opening remarks of his first letter to the brethren at Thessalonica, Paul makes an interesting comment which helps put this topic into ... read more »

Paul’s Prayer for the Weak

Perhaps the most poignant of all of Paul's letters was the final one, 2 Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and not long before his death (cf. 4:6). This document contains the concluding written words of Paul. They are words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, Timothy - his "true child in faith" (1 Timothy 1:2). ... read more »

In What Sense Is Man the Head of Woman?

"Though it seems clear that a woman has a certain subordinate role in church matters, what should be her posture in the business world? If she is a man's boss, has she usurped his authority?" There are no explicit guidelines regulating such matters, but there are some sacred principles that surely must be taken into consideration in assessing this issue. ... read more »

1 Peter 3:4 — The Incorruptible Spirit

Religious materialists (e.g., the "Jehovah's Witnesses," Seventh-day Adventists, etc.) do not believe that human beings possess an eternal spirit that survives the death of the body. They thus do not believe in an eternal, conscious punishment for the wicked in hell. Often they challenge, "No where does the Bible say that man has an eternal spirit." Well, the Scriptures may ... read more »

How Ought We to Behave? A Response to Socrates

Socrates (ca. 469-399 B.C.) was the greatest philosopher of ancient Greece. He left no writings, but his teachings have been preserved (with some embellishment) by Plato and others. In one of his Dialogues, Plato records a conversation between Socrates and Alcibiades. The great philosopher informs Alcibiades that there is a risk in approaching his god in prayer, lest he should ... read more »

How Did Paul Learn about Jannes and Jambres?

"In his second letter to Timothy, Paul referred to two men who 'withstood' Moses. He cites their names as Jannes and Jambres. Supposedly, these were the 'magicians' referred to several times in the book of Exodus (chapters 7-9). Since their names are not mentioned in the Old Testament, how could Paul possibly have had that information?" In the first place, ... read more »

How to Read the Book: Nine Rules for Effective Bible Reading

Who needs to read the Bible? Kings were commanded to read the Scriptures all the days of their lives (Deuteronomy 17:19). The Scriptures have been read aloud for the benefit of various groups of people (Exodus 24:7; Deuteronomy 31:9-13; Joshua 8:34-35; Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8, 18; Luke 4:16-21; Acts 15:21; Colossians 4:16). God's word needs to be taught to families (Deuteronomy ... read more »

May A Woman EVER Teach A Man?

The pattern is common in Christian history. A religious leader will craft a doctrine that coincides with his theological perspective (based on a misunderstanding of a few Bible texts). Once a proposition is formulated, zealots forage through Scripture collecting passages that conflict with their theory, mercilessly twisting them into submission. Born out of a misdirected defense of New Testament teaching ... read more »

Paul’s Two-Year Roman Imprisonment

It was an amazing series of events that brought Paul to Rome, the great capital city of the empire. One archaeological source suggests that the population of the imperial city in the first century was in excess of four million people, about three times the size of a large, modern city (Unger 1962, 316). When Paul wrote to the saints ... read more »

Church Discipline – A Tragic Neglect

It is difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in a society where citizens could flaunt the rules and absolutely no consequences would follow-no fines, no imprisonment, etc. Can you conceive of a home environment where the children are allowed to do whatever they please with utterly no discipline imposed? Total chaos would reign in either of ... read more »