Denied the Faith

1Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

‘Provide’ [Greek: pronoeo] to observe, plan, or provide beforehand (Rom. 12:17; 2Cor. 8:21).

‘Infidel’ [Greek: apistos] Translated as “infidel” (5:8; 2Cor. 6:15); “unbelieving” (1Cor. 7:14-15; Tit. 1:15; Rev. 21:8); “unbeliever” (Luke 12:46; 1Cor. 6:6; 14:23; 2Cor. 6:14); “faithless” (Matt. 17:17; Mark 9:19; Luke 9:41; John 20:27); “incredible” (Acts 26:8); and “believe not” (1Cor. 7:12, 13; 10:27; 14:22, 24; 2Cor. 4:4). If one does not use every lawful means to provide for his own he is worse than an infidel.

Genesis 3:19 foretells the hard labour which man would endure under the conditions of the curse. The very elements would be adverse, making him suffer for his sin. Hard labour would break him down physically, finally resulting in his death (Eccl. 3:20; 12:7; Ps. 103:14; 1Cor. 15:21-28).

Deserts, barrenness, weeds, poisons, germs and every other form of the curse were to add to man’s punishment until he would finally return to the cursed ground himself. The earth was affected so that weather conditions would become a problem (Isa. 30:26; 35:1-8; Rev. 7:16).

Until the final restoration of all things, man’s whole existence was to be one of constant hardships, sufferings, and trials (Gen. 31:42; 35:16; Ps. 90:10; 107:12; Eccl. 1:8; 2:18; 4:8; Matt. 11:28; Jas. 5:4). In the New Earth, there will be no more curse. Everything will be as it was before Lucifer’s rebellion in the pre-Adamite world, and before man’s rebellion in the Adamite world (Acts 3:21; Rev. 22:3). Christ’s purpose in the millennial reign will be to rid the earth of all rebellion and curse so that man can carry out his original assignment of helping God administer the affairs of the universe (1Cor. 15:24-28; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 20-22).

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