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Liars and perjurers obviously break the command against bearing false witness. The purpose of the law, if interpreted and used legitimately, prevents such behaviors and condemns persons who commit these sins. 44 1 Timothy 1:3–20 To make sure nothing is missed, Paul adds, And whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me (1 Tim 1:10b-11). Sound (hygiainousē, related to “hygiene”; cf. 1 Tim 1:10; 6:3; 2 Tim 1:13; 4:3; Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1-2, 8) is a medical metaphor pointing to healthy teaching that conforms to the gospel.
God’s mercy came to Paul despite his violent actions in defense of the law because he acted in unbelief and ignorance of Jesus Christ. Paul does not mean that God owed him mercy. , Num 15:22-31). “His former conduct is not thereby less culpable or grotesque, but for Paul this distinction at least explains why he became an object of God’s compassion rather than his wrath” (Fee 1988: 51). Amazingly, God’s grace overflowed to him (1 Tim 1:14). , “superabounded”). Paul acknowledges that God’s grace overflowed to him beyond measure while in sin.
Thus salvation includes incorporation into the body of Christ, the church. 1 Timothy 1:3-20 The Church Leader’s Life and Teaching Preview First Timothy 1:3-20 is one unit of thought. Paul commands Timothy not to teach any different doctrine from the divine training that is known by faith (1:4). Such instruction has love as its goal and is characterized by a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith (1:5). God’s way of ordering and saving the world stands in contrast to the opposing teachers.
1 & 2 Timothy, Titus by Paul M. Zehr