1. Forbiddance (4:1-5). The Holy Spirit has made it clear that some will come along and preach asceticism, a philosophy that Paul speaks of in Colossians 2. It has the form of enlightenment, but in truth, it is entirely empty of substance.
2. Exercise (4:6-11). In today’s culture we place great emphasis upon bodily exercise, and we do so for important reasons. However, it appears that some put a premium of importance on it and fail to note that which really needs to be exercised – for it has a longer lasting existence (cf. Hebrews 5:12-14). Exercise in godliness can actually benefit another person in ways that bodily exercise can’t. In other words, your exercise in godliness can produce in you a word of wisdom that will make all the difference in the world to another (cf. Col. 4:5-6), but your bodily exercise will only benefit you.
3. Attention (4:12-16). Paul wrote to Timothy about how things are to be done in the “house of God”, which is the Lord’s church. One of those things is the emphasis upon reading and teaching in things godly. Not “godly” identified by secular society, but godly as identified by the Lord Himself. Thus, when the church gathers, let him who speaks speak the oracles of God.