Devotion this morning

14 09 2006

1 Timothy 1:3-7 “As i urged you when i went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than 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 wandered away from these and 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.

The pilgrim’s journey continues to the letter Apostle Paul wrote to his beloved disciple and ‘son’ Timothy on the warning of false teachers among the church Timothy is set to pastor.

What ought to be taught to the church, as in the office of a pastor, the call to impart and teach is not restricted to the specific office of teachers, but of pastors as well, the charge from Apostle Paul to Timothy the bishop/pastor, is to continuously remind and teach and correct (Command, also in Modern KJV says “Charge”, in the greek, παραγγειλης parangeilēs means that it is a continous effort to change and correct certain individuals and inculcate them to true doctrines. In the church today, a wider picture (Including the catholic church and the protestant churches), filled with myths, in greek, μῦθος muthos means mystic, fable stories that the church incorporated with the gospel, and what Apostle Paul teaches. These myths (False teachings and superstitions) draw people away from the central teachings of the Gospel and blind them to the truth, more of a distractions.

I love what Apostle Paul wrote, to teach and command these people, and such, the reason for this command is to LOVE, and out of this Love, must come from a pure heart (A heart purified by faith), a good conscience (A heart purified by sound faith in Christ), and a sincere faith (A faith by works). What Apostle Paul wrote about conscience, Apostle John used Heart. In Paul, the understanding is the seat of conscience, the heart is the seat of love (Bengel). A good conscience is joined with sound faith; a bad conscience with unsoundness in the faith (Hebrews 9:14).

Wandering away to meaningless talk. In KJV, meaningless talk is more than just gossip, the original term ματαιολογιαν,,signifies empty or vain talking; discourses that turn to no profit; a great many words and little sense; and that sense not worth the pains of hearing. Such indeed is ALL TEACHINGS WHERE JESUS IS NOT HELD FORTH (Meaning any talks that does not lead to mutual edification, does not lead to exaltation of the knowledge of Jesus!).

There goes the easy part of understanding the verses in context, now what did i learn? Out of a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith (the conditions of which a person is truly born again, chastised by the regeneration of the Spirit by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, brought about by the renewal of our conscience, justified by faith ALONE), one could truly act out of the command to teach and to correct, the goal of the command to teach and to continuously change men of errors to the right doctrines, is not out of the ‘ego’ or ‘pride of right doctrines’ but must from the basis of love. And as such, we fulfill the two most important commandments of which the rest of the LAW hangs on – to Love your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and second, to love each other as yourself.

Father, Indeed, your Love and Mercy triumphs over judgment. It is because of Your love for us, you turn away from your wrath and show us mercy. Lord, forgive my outbursts of anger and thoughts that are not glorifying, there is no excuse of me saying i am just being human, cos Jesus came as fully man and fully God, and He did not sin in his anger, nor did he retaliate when his enemies put him to the Cross. Lord, let me walk daily in You, in the Spirit, in the surety of your love, consuming by Your grace, and liberated in your mercy. Let me show love, instead of words of anger, let me only talk about You Jesus, nothing else. Amen.

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