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Jeremiah 17 [Read]
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1 Timothy 6 [Read]
After going through many years of hardship and labor, Paul was ready to pass on his distilled wisdom to his beloved spiritual son Timothy. As I once again read this short yet passionate letter, I notice two subjects repeatedly showing up in the apostle’s exhortation.
First is the truth. Right from the beginning, Paul warned Timothy about those teachers who taught false doctrines (1:3-7). In contrast, the apostle himself was called to teach the truth (2:7), which was the will of God (2:4). Consequently, the household of God, the church, will become pillar and foundation of truth (3:15). Followers of Christ come to church to learn about God’s truth, so they may fulfill the commandment of Christ to be his witnesses to the end of the earth. Before he ended the letter, Paul reiterated the importance of “fighting the good fight of the faith” (6:12) and guarding the truth which had been entrusted to his care (6:20). It is no surprise that Christianity has been called “the religion of the book” throughout the history of church, for doctrinal purity is the foundation of our faith.
Second is godliness. “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.” (4:8) The word godliness appears repeatedly in this letter, and its meaning is closely connected to Christian conduct. Learning the truth is just the first step of our faith, and such faith is only meaningful when it can be lived out by the believers. Such godliness does not come from reading books or sharing thoughts. It can only come through hands-on trainings, which may include suffering, conflict, and persecution. But the promise for such training in the present life is to participate in the divine nature (2Pt 1:4), and for the life to come is to enter glory with Christ (1Ti 3:16).
Truth without godliness is just knowledge, and it will puff up a person and greatly diminish the effectiveness of such knowledge. Whereas superficial godliness without truth results in legalism, and it will repel others from knowing the truth we are supposed to preach. Neither one enables us to be true witnesses of our Lord. As disciples of Christ, we must pursue the truth and train in godliness with all our might. With God’s grace, we may then save both ourselves and our hearers (4:16).
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