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How to Enjoy the Bible Camp '70 (Session 6 part 1)

Topic: logospedia,lp
Publication Date: 07-09-1970

1Ti 3:6-16; 4:1-3

1Ti 4:3-16; (Act 10:15; 1Co7:14)


Take your Bibles and turn to I Timothy chapter 3.
I Timothy 3:1
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
Now, the word “bishop,” is the Greek word for which the Hebrew or Aramaic word is elder. Now—
I Timothy 3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, [able or] apt to teach;
He has got to be able to handle the word of God, apt to teach.
I Timothy 3:3
Not given to wine,…
That means you can’t have an old topper as an elder. That doesn’t say you can’t have a drink of wine. But it’s the idea that you don’t set a gallon on the table and then you just keep sipping away all day long.
I Timothy 3:3b
…no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre;…
Don was telling us yesterday, the thing that turned him off on money was because that the only thing he ever saw at home now, if they were uptight at home, dad and mom were always uptight over money. Am I telling it like it is? And so as he grew up, he just loathed money. He just hated the sight of money. Because anything that ever happened in their home always basically dealt with money. We don’t have enough money for this, or we got this and then fight would start. Well, I think we ought to buy this, or we do this, and we ought to be in debt for this and he said money just got to be sort of an anathema to him. And I think what he said is really true in many families. About the only thing the family gets really uptight about is that they always want a barrel more money and so it’s money, money, money, money, money, money That’s always the talk. Now, after he got in the Way Ministry, he learned something. And what he learned was that you have to have a little money. But you don’t have to be uptight about it. To eat you have to have a little money. And that’s why perhaps in the Way Ministry when people first get into some areas they don’t like the Word of God at those places, where it says: except a man work, he doesn’t eat. Because they just love to eat without working. I wish the Lord put in there they also love to eat without getting up in the morning. But He didn’t put that in there. But He’s got something in there about getting up early and stuff.
But these are the things that sometime when you teach the Word of God as a leader,
as an elder, you got to teach the whole Word. Not just what you think they like to hear. You got to teach the Word that they need. And sometimes they need, really need how to be taught how to tithe. They need to be taught how to go out and get a job and make some money, so the ministry can move. So, the Word can go out. They need to be taught; that’s why God put men like this in the Body. The ministries are all involved in here of apostles, prophets and so forth. This is addressed to men who move the ministry, who carry the Word. That’s what it says in here; this is how we have not greedy of what? God will supply our need and the need varies among leaders. But you can always tell when it gets to the greed stage. You will know.
I Timothy 3:3 continued
Patient, patient—you know what patient means? Patient. Okay, so don’t get impatient, just get patient. “Having done all,” do what? {stand.} That’s it. Now, patient doesn’t mean that people run over you, or that they tell you the score. That isn’t patience, that’s stupidity. Patience is in the helping of people, you got to give them time to grow up. Because many of the people in the Way Ministry, well most of us, had never heard the Word of God until somebody opened it to you who had already sat under the ministry of the Way. Therefore, they are like new babies. And when you got a new baby, you have to pants it awhile, you nurse it awhile, this kind of thing and you talk mama and dada and all the rest to it until you get them to talk, but remember they got to grow up.
I Timothy 3:3 continued
…not a brawler, not covetous;
Now, verse 4 is also the Word of God.
I Timothy 3:4
One that ruleth well his own [what?] house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
If you can’t keep your children in line, just resign from the ministry you think God’s given you because you haven’t got a rulership of an elder in the body. And this message needs to go because in many areas, our people are all enthused about the Word but the leaders can’t even control their own kids. When you tell them to sit down, they still don’t sit; they argue with you. When you tell them to be quite they still, don’t be quite; they still talk back to you. That doesn’t happen if you are what the Word of God says you are. And if you aren’t what the Word of God says you are you better get to be it, if you are going to be a leader. This is how you can look at a family and you can say well there is a person who has got family in subjection. He takes care of his family and the Bible teaches that the man has to take care of his wife and of his kids, it’s his responsibility to take care of his family. I can read you that too. But it’s our responsibility as heads of the ministry to have our children in subjection. That simply means you don’t start when they are sixteen, of course if you just got born again yourself you couldn’t start any earlier, but the idea is that we bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord from the time they are born. And we teach them, their responsibility. Because children have a responsibility to their dad and mom, they wouldn’t be here if dad and mom hadn’t fathered and mothered them and I’m sure that mother had to nurse her at least for a year before she got old enough to go on her own trip. So, somebody, some place, along the
line picked up a few little bills. Somebody’s heart went out to somebody. Let’s not forget it. Because it is so easy to forget that when you are sixteen that somebody has supported you and taken you that far. Whether they did it badly or not, I’m not concerned but I think they must have done it halfway or you wouldn’t be living at sixteen. At least you are still living. So, the parents must get their children in subjection with all gravity. Now, verse 5 is a parenthesis and it is put in here by way of explanation and it is still God’s Word.
I Timothy 3:5
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of [what?] God?)
Amen. If a man cannot keep his own house in order, how could he ever keep the church of God in order? That’s why people, you parents, on your kids, take the Word to them, set them down. See? I got to thinking yesterday the teacher was telling me, they had some trouble over in the children’s camp. One of the children had said, well you are not my boss. Well by jiminy he ought to tell that to me once; not their boss. Anytime a child sits under my ministry, I am responsible for that child, at that moment and I am his boss. There is an old Oriental custom which ought to be applied, to every Christian believer that every older person has a right to make a correction of any younger person. But you see, we have built such freedom as we call it in the United States and the freedom is really enslavement, in the long run. We have where teachers are, women and men of God who teach the Word, you are responsible for those kids and for everybody. If they don’t straighten up, you straighten them up. How are they going to learn unless you tell them? And if somebody said back to me I am not their boss. I would say the heck I’m not, I may not be your dad, thank God, but I am still your boss. See, and while I am teaching the Word, you shut up. That’s right. You see, children, if you let them turn loose, they will just take advantage of you. That’s like kids, you let them stay up to eleven, twelve o’clock at night, that’s your fault if you get all nervous and frustrated. Put them to bed at 7:30. Oh, they don’t like it, they’re going to bawl, just pull the door shut. They aren’t going to die. That’s right, pull the door shut and say goodnight. They’ll bawl until eleven o’clock, then they’ll go to sleep. Next night they’ll ball till ten, following night until nine, and sooner or later they’ll finally decide you mean what you say and you say what you mean, now they’re going to go to sleep. You’ll feel better, they’ll feel better, and the things of God’s Word will move better. You got to get the whole picture of the ministry in your mind. And it’s a sin to keep children up that late anyway. Because you’re breaking down their physical body. Kids are made to go to bed. [MUCH LAUGHTER] It’s about the truth. Because if a mother has two or three children and there is only about two years between them, I’m going to tell you she’s got her hands full. And if she has them all day and then Dad comes home and he loves to play with them and keep them up to watch the “boob tube” or whatever that thing is till eleven o’clock at night, you can’t be a leader of the ministry of God’s Word and do it. I don’t care what the world does but I do care what the Word says. And for my people, who are concerned about the outreach of the Word, you either go God’s way or you flip out, you trip out. And we’ve got to get our children taken care of to the end that they are obedient to you. And that we walk according to the Word. Now, there is another thing about an elder.

I Timothy 3:6
He is not to be a novice,…
This is a pledge, or a fledgling. He is not someone who just got into the ministry and boy before he was born again, he was the most prominent banker in our town. Now, since he is born again and you know, just been through the Foundational Class first time, we better get him started in the ministry. We better give him the responsibility of running this outfit down here in this end of town. No, no, let him prove himself. Let the man take time to grow up. He’s in the body of believers, he will get blessed. But if he’s going to rule, if he’s going to be responsible for people, he can’t be a fledgling, a new comer. He has had to go through the process of learning the Word and learning the processes that are involved in God’s Word to be a leader of God’s people. Not a novice, got it? He must also—
I Timothy 3:6 continued
…lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
I’ve seen this at least a hundred times, where people after they have gotten the Foundational Class, without anybody saying to them, now let’s move out and do this over here in the area. They have taken it upon themselves to start their little group here, or a little group there, and having no fellowship with the larger body whatsoever. They think well boy we know more than anybody else. And they’re young at it and before you know it, their hearts get filled with pride and when you’re filled with pride it’s just a condemnation of the devil. It’s a trick of the devil.
I Timothy 3:7
Moreover he must have a good report of them [that] are without;…
And that doesn’t mean at all what the commentaries say. That the ruling elder has to have a good report of the people in the outside world. No, no – of the people of the body of believers, he has to have a good report from the body of believers. You can’t expect the world to give you the sign of a good report. But inside of this body, if I were to lead this body, I’d have to have a good report from the people, passing grade spiritually speaking. That’s what it is talking about.
I Timothy 3:7b, 8
…lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued,…
You know, not saying one thing with their mouth and doing something else; not double tongued.
I Timothy 3:8b, 9
…not given to much wine, not greedy of [what?] filthy lucre;
[And they hold] the mystery of the faith in a [sound mind.]
Pure conscience is sound mind. Isn’t that beautiful? They hold the Mystery. You see, the Mystery has been revealed but once it has been revealed we have received it, we hold it, it’s in our possession. And when we communicate it, people learn it. These deacons have to hold the mystery of the faith in a sound mind. Now, you can’t have a sound mind until the Word occupies it. Renewed mind—Word, Word, Word in the mind is what
gives a sound mind. Anyone outside of Christ is insane. Did you hear what I said, I meant it. Anyone not born again of God’s spirit, according to the Word does not have a sound [what?] mind and if you don’t have a sound mind, you’re what? {Insane.} That’s right.
I Timothy 3:10
And let these also first be proved;…
In other words not a novice, not just somebody that stepped in today.
I Timothy 3:10b-15
…then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, [they have to be] faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses [how?] well.
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
These things [I write] unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
But if I tarry long,…
Paul says to Timothy if I don’t get there right tomorrow, I have written you this:
I Timothy 3:15b
…I have written you this, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the [what?] living God, the pillar and ground of [what?] the truth.
Boy, isn’t that tremendous? And then to think to have the privilege of being an elder or a deacon in that work, to be a leader, man that’s fabulous. That’s a lot bigger than being called an ambassador to England. It’s a lot bigger than being in service for the governor of the state of Ohio or any other state.
I Timothy 3:16
And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness…
Great is the mystery, great; it’s great and you and I hold it forth. In rulership as elders, and deacons who sit at the top of the local areas, to work. To sit at the top, simply means you’re the greatest servant of all. You don’t sit at the top and people serve you; you sit at the top because you are willing to serve others. Just the opposite of what the world teaches. If I am the leader of a group and something needs to be done and the rest of the people don’t do it, then who does it? If they don’t see it and I see it, I do it. That’s right. It’s a requirement of the Word that I must be a servant to all man. If nobody serves me I still would have to serve them. That’s the requirement. Great, great—
I Timothy 3:16b
…great is [this] mystery of godliness [which we hold.]
Now, it says in King James “God.” No word like God in that text. That’s the boys, had to get [it] in there, because they got to get the trinity stuff. The word “God” in verse 16, is the pronoun “which.”

I Timothy 3:16b-4:1
…the mystery of godliness [which] was manifest in the flesh, [who was manifested in the flesh? Jesus Christ, right? Sure.] justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, [and] received up [where?] into glory.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly [specifically], that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,…
Now, why are they going to depart from the faith, once you’ve taught them greatness of this mystery of Godliness. The Word tells you, they are going to listen, they are going to give heed. To just listen wouldn’t trip you up, but it’s when you listen and start believing. And the tendency is for human nature, they will listen. And when they listen, they start believing. And these things that we’re reading about are really sly. They’re just real sly. They give heed to seducing what? {spirits.} Right. So we were talking about devil spirits yesterday. This is a big one. A seducing spirit. And a seducing spirit is one that just takes God’s people and draws them out, draws them away. Like it says here, [giving heed to]:
I Timothy 4:1b
…seducing spirits, and doctrines [teachings] of [what?] devils;
And devil spirits have real teachings that they set before people. We carry here among our people this, The Challenging Counterfeit which tells about a man who was deeply involved in spiritualism and how these seducing spirits led him. We used that thing in the Advanced Class as collateral reading, or something. Verse 2 says:
I Timothy 4:2
Speaking lies in hypocrisy;…
They tell you that you’re a wonderful person when what they really mean is just the opposite, they are hypocrites.
I Timothy 4:2b
…having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
What a figure. Do you know what the conscience is? The conscience is nothing more than habit patterns that are built up by teaching. That’s all conscience is. Conscience is not something God put in there. That’s right. Conscience is the habit system which you have built up in your life because of what you have been taught. Now these fellows will lead you astray, verse 3 says, they even forbid to what?
I Timothy 4:3
Forbidding to marry,…
You see, forbidding to marry is out of context for life because the Word of God says if you can contain yourself sexually there is no need in getting married. But if you can’t contain yourself sexually you better get married. And he didn’t disqualify men of God. This is why the whole Word has to be put together. And when you get real honest in the greatness of this Word, there are very few negatives forbidding this or forbidding that.
I Timothy 4:3b
…abstain from meats which God hath created...

And he takes this word “created” way back to Genesis when God created soul life for the animals. All of this is:
I Timothy 4:3c-4
…to be received with [what? {received with thanksgiving}] of them which believe and know [the what?] the truth. [Amen.]
For every [creation or] creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with [what?] thanksgiving:
That’s right. Now it says “of God,” that doesn’t mean of man. It means what God has set here. And a lot of the stuff we are eating today, God never put here. It’s been just contaminated by man to kill God’s people off as quickly as possible. I believe that in the Way Ministry we continue to move deeper in our physical knowledge, in our spiritual knowledge, our mental knowledge. If you want the best spiritual food you got to get it quite direct from God’s Word. Right. If you want the best physical food, the more direct you get it from the earth as God gives it, the better it will be for us physically. But these people who say you can’t do this or you can’t do that, nuts to them. God set us free, people. Therefore, everything if it is received with prayer and thanksgiving, that God has set is okay. You see, into your mind to flip a record from the book of Acts, which one? Peter. Because Peter had been forbidding this meat, forbidding that. God showed him this stuff, Peter said I wouldn’t eat that stuff. The Lord said that which I have cleansed, call not thou defiled. Look at verse 5.
I Timothy 4:5
For it is sanctified…
Sanctified. The word “sanctified” is used in Corinthians regarding a Christian husband or a Christian wife, married to an unbelieving person. Their children, or that child born where one person is a Christian, that child is sanctified. The word “sanctified” simply means set apart. For it’s sanctified; it’s sanctified. Now I do not object, if you had food with lots of poisons in it, if you really thank God and believed God that food, you can take the poison out of it, and it will be set apart and made holy by your believing and by the Word of God and [what?] prayer. But why should I have to believe all the time when I can get better food. I have enough opportunities to believe for a lot bigger things than just a little physical food. You see, this is my point in opening the Word to you on this line. Therefore, I’m not going to be obstructed by somebody sets a piece of food. I won’t say well now, has this got a little of this stuff in it, a little of that stuff. I wouldn’t ask that, I’d just simply pray, thank God to take out what wasn’t good and I would eat it. But I watch myself that when I have the responsibility I try to get the best food as possible so I don’t have to pray all the time and believe for it. I just thank God it’s the best food I know. And therefore, you keep going because there are other things that need our attention as men and women of God. Now—
I Timothy 4:6
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, [you are a good, what? {minister}]…
And if you don’t put them in remembrance of this you are not a what? Good minister.

I Timothy 4:6 continued
…nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
Here it is, verse 7.
I Timothy 4:7
But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto [what?] godliness.
That’s right. Now—
I Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profiteth little:…
It doesn’t mean that it profits little, bodily exercise profits only for a little while. Because this physical body we are only going to have until we die or until the Lord returns, but the eternal life we are going to have, how long? {forever.} That’s right. And you don’t lay up for yourself treasures in heaven because you can run the 100 [yards] in 9 [seconds] flat. You lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven because you rightly divide the Word and minister that Word so that people get delivered. The walk, the walk, the walk. Nothing wrong with bodily exercise but just don’t spend all day doing it.
I Timothy 4:8
…godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is [what?] to come.
Sure, a more abundant life now and future.
I Timothy 4:9
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
This is a faithful saying worthy for everybody to hear and to accept.
I Timothy 4:10, 11
For therefore we both labour [we] suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specifically of those [who] believe [is the text].
These things command and teach.
It just doesn’t say to teach, it says what? Command, to command is to say, do it. When the captain says take the shovel and dig, that’s a what? Command. You don’t turn around and say captain I don’t like to shovel. Alright, look people, if we can follow commands of the world, you go into a shop and work and the man says work on this lathe, what do you do? Why can’t we by the freedom of will and the love of God in our hearts just take the commands of the Word and walk on it without having somebody come along and beat us over the head. Sure.
I Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example [in your youth be an example] of the believers, in word, [in behavior; “conversation” is behavior] in charity [the love of God in the renewed mind is—], in spirit [is not in the text], in [believing; “in faith” is “in believing”], in purity [and the word “purity” is uncontaminated].

So you walk, walk uncontaminated; you don’t let the unbelievers contaminate you. You contaminate them with the Word of God, give them both barrels. How long?
I Timothy 4:13
Till I come, give attendance to reading,…
And I’m sure he wasn’t concerned about reading Playboy.
I Timothy 4:13
…exhortation, to [right teaching.]
Then that great 14th verse.
I Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy,…
It wasn’t given to him then, but it was declared; given in manifestation that he had this type of gift ministry.
I Timothy 4:14
…with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
The ruling elders laid hands on them and then in prophecy they simply corroborated in the senses world what God had spiritually already called that man to, and it was a gift ministry. Neglect not the gift ministry. A man could have a gift ministry and neglect it. If he neglected it, it would be just like tying his arm up in a sling. He’d still have the ministry but there is no fruit being produced. I don’t care if God calls you of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher or pastor; you got to put the “oomph” in it, you got to exercise, you got to work. You got to work harder than anybody else to keep that ministry out there moving. You don’t neglect it; to neglect it is not to operate it, to put it into practice.
I Timothy 4:15
Meditate [meditate], think upon these things; give thyself wholly, [completely] to them; that thy profiting [that which you profit] may appear to all [men.]
Because you hold forth the gift ministry.
I Timothy 4:16
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine [the right teaching, right believing]; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself…
And the word “save” is the word[s] “be made whole.”
I Timothy 4:16
…and them that [what?] hear thee.
If you pass out the greatness of God’s Word, then the people who hear you get the wholeness of God’s Word that you’re manifesting. These are some of the responsibilities in the Word of God, for men of God who are responsible to lead people.
[Prayer]—Thank you, Father, for your Word and the greatness of your Word, your love. And Father we just praise you and thank you for your goodness and for raising us up, men and women, who really understand the Word and who will stand on it. And I thank
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You for making this word such a blessing and so simple again to the hearts of our people, through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.