1 Timothy 4: The Words of the Faith

Reposted from Rev. Stout:

(16 verses, 1:43 to read)

READ & LISTEN

What I am about to READ 

  • Paul begins by warning of the truth that many will depart the faith in the latter time and then encourages in Christian liberty and the reading, teaching and exhorting of the Lord’s Word.

MARK & LEARN

  • The reading mentions a seared conscience.  Click on this link to read an article by Pastor Wolfmueller on conscience training (http://www.hope-aurora.org/docs/ConscienceTraining.pdf)
  • Paul tells Timothy that one of the duties of the Christian, and to a much more specific and full extent, is to use “words of the faith and the good doctrine” in which Paul, Timothy and all in the apostolic office have followed in.  When teaching and speaking about Godly thing, we should be speaking the language that God has given us.  When praying, we can have a cleaner conscience when we are asking for things in holy language.  The language of the faith in which we have given to speak has not come to us in the vacuum.  Scripture uses specific words to describe specific truths and we have also inherited (or follow in) a certain language of our fathers in the faith.
  • Consider the benefit of hearing the Lord’s Word in this reading.  You are being trained in the words of faith and the good doctrine (6), being trained for godliness, which is of value in every way because it ” it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (7,8), and we are saved (16).

MEDITATE

  • ” For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”  This is a beautiful truth that applies to everything in which we have received in this life.  Hear the Word of God and pray, and everything is made holy because it comes into contact with those holy things given from the holy God.  Consider this when you hear God’s Word at home, in the hospitable, in the nursing home, or anywhere that you might be.  Consider this when hear God’s Word before bed, in the morning, before a difficult event or any other time.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below, or join the conversation in our Facebook group:  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailybiblemeditation/

Pastor Christopher Stout

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