Let’s continue in 1st Timothy

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer bibleand a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal , immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
We are given grace by God to perform whatever ministry He places us in. And it does not matter what we FORMERLY were: we are all born in sin needing a Saviour. While in this state, we are acting ignorantly when we reject the truth of God’s word.Jesus-on-the-cross
Many people think they are very astute, and their intelligence is why they reject God and His word. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is man’s ignorance and fallen nature that causes him to reject the love and word of God when it falls on his ears.
But God, in His mercy, continues to send servants to preach to sinners so faith can be birthed in their hearts and they will surrender to their Creator. Paul was the chief of sinners and God sent Ananias to proclaim the gospel to him.
Acts 9: 10 Now there was in Damascus a disciple named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he answered, Here am I, Lord. 11 And the Lord said to him, Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying [there]. 12 And he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias enter and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight. 13 But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard many people tell bibleabout this man, especially how much evil and what great suffering he has brought on Your saints at Jerusalem; 14 Now he is here and has authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call upon Your name. 15 But the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the descendants of Israel; 16 For I will make clear to him how much he will be afflicted and must endure and suffer for My name’s sake. 17 So Ananias left and went into the house. And he laid his hands on Saul and said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, Who appeared to you along the way by which you came here, has sent me that you may recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ananias was not enthusiastic about approaching this persecutor of Christians and, after a short argument with God, he found the courage to go. This obedience caused the greatest movement of salvation among the gentiles and it continues today. Remember that when God tells you to speak out and you are afraid.
Also remember that God is extremely patient with people, He is longsuffering, but He will not wait forever. In 2nd Peter, judgement that came upon the world through the noahs flooduniversal flood is discussed and how God WILL BRING JUDGEMENT on this world again. He has promised this.
And what He has promised, he will do. But He is extremely patient to man and is holding off judgement to give each man a chance to come to Him.
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He biblepromises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

God does not want any of us to parish. Won’t you accept this gracious invitation while the door of opportunity is still open?

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Let’s continue in 1st Timothy chapter 1:

8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and biblerebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
The law, God’s law, is a good thing.

The first thing we must understand is if people were born basically good (the founding pillar of humanism), we would not need laws to tell us what is bad. But, since we know man is born in sin and born evil, laws are necessary.
The sins Paul lists in this passage are extremely politically incorrect today. And it appears he had to combat the liberal forces of his day to keep the preaching of the Word of God pure.

After the list, he makes sure that he throws in, “and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching”. He assumed we would know what those things were.
In our modern society, the lines have been blurred between the right and the wrong. No such indecision exists in God’s mind. Preachers today are afraid to tell the truth from theGod's law Bible and that is why society has a watered-down view of morality. This is a problem that we must fix if we are to see a last day’s revival.
Verse 11 says Paul was entrusted with the glorious gospel of the blessed God. So are we. The world will not be able to believe unless we preach what is right and wrong.
Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Why do we see evil advancing? Because we refuse to stand in the way with the sword of the Spirit. We refuse to be looked at as “uncaring, unfeeling, and even unchristian.”
Well, as servants of our God, he did not give us the option to keep quiet.

We are entrusted with the same gospel as the Apostle Paul. Let’s make sure what we say sounds exactly like what Paul says in these verses.

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1st Timothy
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope, 2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and bibleendless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

First, we see that being an apostle is a calling. And not just a calling, Paul was CALLED OF GODCOMMANDED to be an apostle. This was not a choice. Whether he wanted to or not, it was God’s will for his life. Because of this, Paul did not shy away from saying that he was an apostle. It was Gods calling that established his authority – not a seminary degree.

Now Paul is instructing his protégé, Timothy on what his job is at Ephesus. He also prays for grace, mercy, and peace on Timothy. As you go to the next verse, you will see why Timothy was going to need it.
Timothy’s mission at Ephesus was to stop Certain Men from teaching strange doctrines. Evidently, this was a big problem. Paul said these men espoused myths that they were merely speculating on. They were teaching these myths as if they were gospel.
Speculation becomes a problem today when preachers try to be politically correct and preach opinion as gospel. When they try to “water down” the word to increase the deadly doctrinesnumber of people in their church, they are into this realm. But God will always send a Timothy to urge them not to teach strange doctrines that can not be backed up by the Word of God.
Paul tells Timothy that the goal is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Today, many would take that verse to mean you should not offend at any cost. It cannot mean that: because Timothy would not be able to do it with a good conscience if he let them continue because he was afraid to tell them the truth.
The fruitless discussions these men put forth are hurtful: people listening to them can be god breathedled astray by these men who want to be teachers of the law but have no idea what they are talking about. These men were not called. They were trying to preach for a living. It is dangerous to step into those shoes.

James 3:1 – My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
Contrast that to the calling of Paul and Timothy.
We will continue in 1st Tim in the next post.

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