“If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach.”
I Timothy 4:6-11 NKJV
Keeping the main thing the main thing
I am regularly amazed at the amount of strange doctrine that has crept into the faith. There are many brothers and sisters I have known for years who espouse the darnedest things, thinking that they are in the Bible, somewhere.
There are many who think that people become angels when they die. In reality, people are people, and when they die they either go to heaven as saints born of salvation, or to Sheol, as those to possibly be condemned at the last judgement. Angels are a created class, destined as servant to the Lord, and His saints, and will someday be judged by the saints.
“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?”
I Corinthians 6:2-3 NKJV
Suffice it to say, Aunt so and so is either walking streets of gold, or worse, she is in the smoking section. But she will never get her wings.
The early church was bombarded with a vast array of false teaching, and like now, it was upon the pastor and leaders to ensure the correct teaching. There is an ongoing battle raging in many churches, as those with unorthodox views seek to get their way. These are those who have deep ties to the fleshly culture and only tenuous ties to the things of God.
It is these times when those in authority must have a command of of the word of God. It is not enough to have a slight connection, which is marked by casual reading and vocational study, but one must have a deep love of the word, poring over as if it were written to the reader by a great Love.
The world is pressing in on those who are followers of Jesus, as the evil one has launched a multi pronged attack on us. It is all in the name of distraction.
Brothers and sisters, may we people of the word, reading it for understanding of this calling the Lord has laid upon us.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
II Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
There is great temptation to submit to the desires of those who have crept into the church, to seek to providing messages that meet them in their fleshiness, but have been given a higher calling and greater obligation to rightly divide the word of truth.
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
II Timothy 4:1-4 NKJV
Let us preach the word, and let us stand on it as we reflect its transforming work in us, as the Holy Spirit uses it to probe even the most dark parts of our souls.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
At some point each of us will give an account before the Lord, as we are evaluated for what we did with this great salvation, with His word, and the fulfillment of our mission to go into all the world taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lest we forget:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
Have a Fabulous Friday!