1 Timothy 5 … Consider Him Who Provides for His Own

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever, (5:8).

According to Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers, this last third of Paul’s first letter to Timothy moves from “directions, warnings, and exhortations respecting the public duties connected with the office of superintending presbyter, or bishop,” to “the private relations which one in Timothy’s position ought to maintain with individual members of the congregation.”

This could be referred to as “body life,” the way we are called to treat one another within the structure of the local church body. And perhaps the best description of healthy body life is found in the “one anothers” of the New Testament.

Perhaps a number of them immediately flooded your thoughts. Love one another, forgive one another, bear with one another, be patient with one another, accept one another, just for starters.

For more, you can check out the following post listing the 59 “one anothers” of the New Testament:
www.smallgroupchurches.com/the-59-one-anothers-of-the-bible/

The “one another” commands in the New Testament emanate from God’s very nature and character, from exactly Who He Is, commanded by Him because they are in keeping with how He treats us. And the assessment against the one who does not provide for his own, “he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever,” is a well-defined illustration of one who is acting in a way that is exactly who He is not.

I had to stop and thank Him. Because no matter who lets us down, no matter who does not look out for us, no matter who does not love us, forgive us, or bear with us, no matter who is not patient with us and does not accept us, we can rest in the confidence that He has, He does and He will, for He is Faithful and He always Provides for His Own.

When we belong to Him through faith in Christ, everything we need for life, for godliness, growth and contentment, He Provides.

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence, (2 Peter 1:3).

And everything we need for our training, correction, discipline, and yes, punishment, He Provides, because we are His Own.

It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:7).

Consider Him Who Provides for His Own

He Provides for His Own, demonstrated and realized in His greatest Gift of Love, the Gift of His Son.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

And in His Greatest Gift, He has proven He will always be faithful to Provide for His Own.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

  • He Provides for His Own as our Shepherd.
    • The Lord is my shepherd,
      I shall not want,
      (Psalm 23:1).
  • He Provides for His Own with Good Gifts.
    • “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11).
  • He Provides for His Own with Abundant Life.
    • The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly, (John 10:10).
  • He Provides for His Own without Partiality.
    • For there is no partiality with God, (Romans 12:11).
  • He Provides for His Own with Abounding Grace.
    • And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed, (2 Corinthians 9:8).
  • He Provides for His Own according to His Riches in Glory.
    • And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:19).
  • He Provides for His Own through the True Knowledge of Him.
    • seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence, (2 Peter 1:3).

How do we respond to Him Who Provides for His Own?

Oh, how He Provides for His Own! His Word tells us when we live as His Own, in holy communion with Him, He Provides and we will not be in want of any good thing.

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing,
(Psalm 34:10).

But He has not Provided His bounteous blessings so that we can hoard all His good gifts, skating through life centered on self. He has called us to body life, to live as members of His Body.

so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another, (Romans 12:5).

And He has called us to follow His example and treat others the way as He treats us.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:3-5).

And the truth is, more often than not, this will involve sacrifice, and even suffering.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross, (Philippians 2:5-8).

But oh, how He Provides for His Own. He has Provided all we need to live courageously, for Him and for others.

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline, (2 Timothy 1:7).

He Provides for His Own so that we can generously provide for others in the same way we have received from Him… without partiality.

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality, (5:21).

Oh that we would never get over how He has Provided. He will never hold back what we need for He has already given us His best.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

In closing, let us ask the Lord to grow us in our devotion to Him and to His Body, that we would guard the body life in our local church with a spirit of gratitude and a commitment to grow in the true knowledge of Him through His Word. And as we grow in our knowledge of Him, let us choose to live clearly marked by a thanksgiving that cannot be contained for Him Who Provides for His Own.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father, (Colossians 3:15-17).

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