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1 Timothy 4

Continuing in 1 Timothy 4: Day 1. Read! As usual, continue reading 1 Timothy in as many versions of the bible as you can. Day 2. 1 Tim 4:1-3 - Faith Abandoners If you have been walking with the Lord for any amount of time, you have likely known someone who has abandoned the faith to follow some deception (the specific deception Paul is dealing with here is Gnosticism). I think the point is that people can in fact abandon, leave, fall away, and wander from the faith (see here). How can you protect yourself from this? (c.f. Heb 3:12-14) Day 3. 1 Tim 4:7-8 - Physical & Spiritual Training This is a particularly meaningful passage for me as I enjoy physical training (and training generally) but it helps to bring me back to and keep in focus the truth of the prioritization of my training. Physical training is of some value and needed in the Christian life (see here) but is inferior to the endeavor of spiritual training (see here). Of special note, Paul tells Timothy that he must train himself to be godly, it is primarily his own responsibility, not someone else’s, to be godly and to pursue the training (gymnazō: the intensity and focus of an athlete is in view here) to get him there. Day 4. 1 Tim 4:12 - Age ain’t nothing but a # Paul admonition to a young minister I believe has a broad application to all young people who are following the Lord Jesus. These 5 areas; speech, life, love, faith, and purity would be good areas to take stock of and seek input on how you can continue to grow and what kind of example you are currently setting for the believers around you. Day 5. 1 Tim 4:16 – Life & Doctrine With salvation in view here, Paul points to both life and doctrine as being important not only for those around you (for who will believe a hypocrite) but also for your own soul. It’s likely at one point you took special note to watch your life and doctrine closely (for you became a Christian according to the teachings of the bible, as opposed to current Christian culture, preachers, family, etc.) but are you still actively persevering in that process, or have you become comfortable, resting on the fact that you once did that?


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