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1 Timothy 4 October 20, 2012

Filed under: Let's Get Biblical! — christical @ 1:31 pm

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Here’s the chapter for reference. If you have a Bible, then go ahead and open it up to 1 Timothy 4 and keep scrolling. Otherwise, you can use this as a reference point. And for goodness’ sake, get yourself a Bible!

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:1-16 NIV84)

Eureka!

I have just found a way to combine three blog topics. I call it the “Find your favorite chapter in your favorite book of the Bible and use it to talk about how you show God’s love” way. Therefore, I urge you, brothers (and sisters and all in between), to mark this event in history as the October Challenge triple play!

But really, let’s get down to business.

  • Favorite Book of the Bible: 1 Timothy. I really enjoy reading it because it serves to well instruct the church as an organization. The lessons that Paul imparts to Timothy can be remembered today by any person who desires to lead through Christ.
  • Favorite Chapter of the Bible: 1 Timothy 4. It gives a bit of info about the gospel (” This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance, and for this we labor and strive, that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.”), encourages us to be not of this world, and reminds us of our mission.
  • How I Show God’s Love: Just like in verse 12 (Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity), I do my best to show God’s love in every way. This includes speaking gentle and uplifting words, living a God-pleasing life, putting my trust into God alone, and allowing my mind to be purified by the Spirit.
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