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First Timothy 4:1-16

Having just written about the mystery of the belief (believing correctly) and the mystery of the reverence (behaving correctly), Paul continues by telling Timothy what his holy spirit-life has communicated to him:

I Timothy 4:1-5:

4:1But the spirit speaking says that in times afterwards some-people will depart-from the belief having-attention to wandering spirits and teachings of devils, .2in hypocrisy of word-liars having been seared2 (in their) own conscience, .3hindering to marry, to refrain-oneself-from foods which God created with-a-view-to a reception with thankfulness by the believers also having fully-known2 the truth .4that every creature of God (is) beautiful and nothing throwing-away being received with thankfulness .5for it is made-holy by means of (the) word of God and intercession.

The spirit is specifically laying out information that in times afterwards (during opportune occasions, precise seasons, periods of limited-time that will come later-on after all that has happened so far), some holy-people will depart-from the belief (some Christians will cause themselves to stand away from the belief in Christ Jesus)…

The word translated "devils" in verse 1 is the Greek word daimonion, which was used in Greek mythology/falsehoods to describe supernatural intermediary beings between false-gods and men. In reality, these are the lower-ranking demons, evil spirits, like 'privates,' which take their direction from the higher-ranking evil spirits (daimon) in the devil's "army" which take their orders and direction from the chief or top-ranking devil-spirit himself who is the devil/satan.

In times afterwards some-people will depart-from the belief having-attention to wandering spirits and teachings of devils,…

[Reference: Acts 10:9-16; I Corinthians 10:25-31; I John 4:6; II John 1:7. Note: verbs with a superscript 2 (2) immediately following them indicate the "perfect" tense - details are provided in the "Relevant Notes" link of this study.]

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