Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Timothy 1:1-11 ~ Discerning Truth from a Lie

on January 22, 2013

Paul wrote this letter to Timothy–who was like a spiritual son to him.  Timothy had been in Ephesus pastoring the church, combating false teachers, and putting structure in the church where the gospel was transforming lives.

In Paul and Timothy’s time there were truth teachers and false teachers; and there still are.  The people needed to be able to discern to whom they should listen and follow; and we still do.

Truth teachers have an aim (5) and the bulls-eye is love.  Things that are aimed have a forward, straight trajectory.  There is an undeniable outcome.  They hit a mark.  There is a clear future hope.  Truth teachers focus on the glory of the gospel.  They use the law as a means to expose our sinfulness and our need for a Savior.  They promote faith out of their own love for God and His people.  They teach love, not law, because all the law hangs on love (Romans 13:8, Matthew 22:38-40).  Their teaching stems from a pure heart, good conscience and a sincere personal faith.

False teachers have no aim (6). They cause people to swerve and wander because they themselves have no confident hope.  Their attention has a backward focus–consumed with myths and endless genealogies.  Their speculations have no clear end or outcome.  Their discussions result in empty, vain words.    They use the law unlawfully–that following it is a means to being good enough for God instead of faith alone in Jesus Christ.

False teaching elevates self.  We can make our own way.  We have made a name for ourselves.  We can philosophize with our superior intellect. We get the glory.  We don’t want anything or anyone to have authority over our lives.  

Believing absolute truth about God gives Him authority over our lives.  It humbles us to see that our salvation is completely dependent on Him, not on our “goodness.”  It results in loving Him and others, not getting others to love us.  Believe and living in light of truth gives God glory.  

As I learned in 2 Thess. 2 there are two kinds of people in the world…those who refuse to love the truth and those who choose to believe the truth.  What we do with the truth is the most important decision we can make in this life.

One response to “1 Timothy 1:1-11 ~ Discerning Truth from a Lie

  1. Shelly says:

    Because there are people who misuse and distort God’s Word, as His children we need to read it ourselves. It is a living Word, but only of we open it, ready and study it.

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