You can’t write about the Bible if you don’t understand it. And you can’t understand the Bible if you don’t read it. Am I right?
That’s what I’ve been discovering lately, through studying the book of 1 Timothy.
First of all, I really really really love this book. Probably one of my favorites in the Bible. It’s so clear and helpful for real life. Because, let’s face it, this world is full of lies. Even in the church, there’s so much false teaching! And it is so prevalent, and ever so misleading. So here are a few extremely important points that I’ve discovered this week.
- People teach falsely. Some on purpose, some by accident. But false teaching is a real thing. Just because someone claims to be a Christian, it doesn’t mean that we can listen to them ignorantly because of their title. We need to test everything.
So, how do we avoid listening to false teaching? First and foremost, the Bible is the only source of ultimate truth. How do you know if someone is giving you solid and true doctrine on the Bible? Well, check the Bible itself. And don’t base your life on one out-of-context verse. For example, here’s what not to do. John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.” Going with this as my life verse, and knowing to live a life following after Jesus, I am going to constantly weep. After all, that’s exactly what Jesus did, right?
Okay, yes. That is ridiculous. But the point is, we must check all things with the Bible itself! We cannot add to it, or take away from it. This Book is the Holy and Inspired Word of God. Let’s not get it wrong.
1 Timothy 6:3-5
“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.”
- Without understanding the Gospel correctly, we cannot understand life itself.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
If we mess up any of this, we will not be able to understand anything else. Without the Good News that Christ has come to save all, there is absolutely no meaning to life. Remember, my friends, if we do not understand that we are inherently sinners, saved alone by the amazing grace of God – and not ourselves – there is no point in Jesus’ death. If we are saved by our works, why did He come? (That’s a trick question.)
- We must understand who Jesus really is. Not some “good teacher,” not some passive, apathetic, random guy. No, Jesus is the Son of God, possessing ALL power, and He is ALIVE.
1 Timothy 3:16b
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated [means proven true] by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
- No matter how old we are, we can set an example for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Spiritual maturity has little to do with age, and we can lead others in Truth, regardless of being young.
1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
We are ambassadors for Christ, even as kids and teens (and adults, later). If we understand Truth, we must share it with others!
I hope you’ll take these truths to heart, and study the Bible for yourself. Really, it is such an encouraging Book, and the guide for our lives. It’s so important to understand the Bible correctly. It’s not just a book. It’s the Holy, Inspired, God-Breathed, Word of the Creator Himself. The source of Truth, amongst the lies. And it’s right here, to teach us to walk in godliness!
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It is so awesome to be reminded that true godliness flows out of the grace of God (God’s unearned favor to sinners paid for by Jesus with His own blood). Growing in His grace specified by the Apostle Paul is a needed protection for everyone who believes JESUS already did what is needed to pay the full penalty for all sin. False teaching always tries to add to grace, and the human heart can easily be swayed quickly by substitutes for true godliness. Amanda keep pointing people to JESUS!
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Amen! Thank you for that wonderful reminder, that His grace is enough!
The reference for “test all things”, 1Thes. 5:21
Ah, yes! Thank you! 1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good.
Another meaningful, wonderful and helpful lesson.
Thank you for reading it!
Amanda this is your best post so far! We need to read God word to be able to live for him. We can’t ignore anything that is in the Bible.Do you read my blog posts on my blog.
Thank you so much! Actually, I haven’t checked it out in a while. I will soon.
Spot on, good word Amanda!
I love this!!! You are so inspiring, Amanda, with your sincere heart for God!! 🙂
I recently read 1 Timothy, and also loved it! Anyway, great reminders! When we’re feeling scared, confused, angry . . . anything really, we need to go back to the Bible and see what God has to say!! ❤ Because He is the ultimate authority. What a wonderful thing! 🙂
Aww! Thank you! ❤ I agree. The Bible is so amazing!
Thank you Amanda for pointing people in the right direction. Your words are powerful and your message true.
Thank you so much!
Praise God for His work in your life that you love His Son and believe His Word. Great exhortation! Well done. I read the Bible today after skipping a couple of days and it was like water, living water, to an especially thirsty soul. It was so very refreshing. I love God, His Son, His people and His Word. God bless us.
That is so great! I love how refreshing the Bible is. Thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂