On Sunday at our Dedication Celebration we talked about the importance of building our lives on the Word of God. This week we are going to take the First Book of Timothy in the New Testament and read a chapter each day and ask God to speak to us through His Word – what principles do we find in each of these chapters that we can build our lives upon?
1 Timothy 1 v 1 – 20
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
The Lord’s Grace to Paul
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Charge to Timothy Renewed
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.
This introduction to Paul’s letter to Timothy reminds us of the importance of “sound doctrine” based on the scriptures. It is so easy to go with popular opinion or attractive ideas but Timothy is reminded that his life must be built upon the solid foundation of God’s Word.
This chapter also reminds us of the grace of God – we are what we are by the grace of God. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance – Jesus came to save sinners like you and me. Build your life upon this statement and in faith know that your sins are forgiven and you are a child of God TODAY.
Lastly, we are reminded we are in a battle and that we need to stand firm.
Three truths to build your life upon:
1) Sound Doctrine is found in the Word of God – Stand firm
2) We are saved by grace and not be good works – Believe it
3) We are in a battle – Keep on fighting for what is right