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1 Timothy 4

1 Timothy 4 has Paul warning about what was to come.  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth”.  The Holy Spirit gives Paul a revelation about what will come:

  • The danger of apostasy (some will depart).
  • The danger of deception (deceiving spirits).
  • The danger of false teaching (teachings of demons).

The enemy wants to destroy God’s truth and the way it will happen is by raising up people who will teach something contrary and deceptive.  These false teachers at one point may have believed, but have had their consciences burned to the point they no longer respond.

Paul is clear on how we need to deal with this false information.  “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”.  Paul cautioned Timothy to keep focused on the Word, not on things that come from man. The greatest effort must be put into God’s Word, not man’s word.  The same work and commitment that others put towards physical exercise should be put toward the pursuit of godliness.  It doesn’t just happen – we have to work toward it.  But it is the promise for the future.

Here is the focus we need to have: “we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe”.  Our hope should not be in ourselves and what we think we can do.  God alone should be the source of hope.  He alone is the Savior of all men.  It is Jesus and Him alone.  Clarke says this: “What God intends for ALL, he actually gives to them that believe in Christ, who died for the sins of the world, and tasted death for every man. As all have been purchased by his blood so all may believe; and consequently all may be saved. Those that perish, perish through their own fault.”

Paul charges Timothy with carrying the torch.  “Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers  an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity….Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress”.  Timothy was a young preacher and had to fight for respect.  Paul makes it clear that it is through how he lived that he would earn that.  Our speech, conduct, love, faith, purity – these things let the world around us know who lives in us.  It’s about character and integrity and staying true to God’s Word.  No matter our age, how we live matters and gives us a platform to share the good news of Jesus in our life!

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