In today’s bible reading, Paul addresses a letter to Timothy, his protégé to remain in Ephesus and warned him against false teachings by the people, those teachings contrary to the truth. He is speaking of those who teach the word confidently but know not the word. He warned them against meaningless discussions and argument which cause dispute rather than godly edification in faith. He instructed that believers be filled with love and genuine faith in God.
Paul gave gratitude to God for counting him faithful and enabling him to be of service. He remembered his former life prior to receiving grace and mercy of the Lord but Jesus came into the world to save sinners worst of all him, but God saved him so he could be a great example to all.
This passage is a wakeup call for all believers especially in these last days, knowing fully well that we are SAVED To SAVE. Take an inventory of your walk with Christ, how are you fairing? Have you been saving others since you got saved? Is your life worthy of emulation as a Christian? Let your daily actions and words reveal Christ, detach yourself from ungodly activities and communications that corrupt.
Lord let my character and daily activities draw men closer to you, let me be a true believer in spirit and in truth.
Reading – 1Timothy 1
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2 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
3 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 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 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, 10 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 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
The Lord’s Grace to Paul
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 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. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 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 believein him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible,the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Charge to Timothy Renewed
18 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, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.