There is no effectivespiritual ministry apartfrom personal godliness,since ministry is theoverflow of a godly life.
J. Oswald Sanders wrote,"Spiritual ends can beachieved only by spiritualmen who employ spiritualmethods"(Spiritual Leadership, 40).
Spurgeon described in thefollowing words theminister who, lackinggodliness in his own life,would seek to lead othersto it:“A graceless pastor is a
blind man elected to aprofessorship of optics,philosophising upon lightand vision, discoursingupon and distinguishingto others the nice shadesand delicate blendings of
the prismatic colours,while he himself isabsolutely in the dark!He is a dumb manelevated to the chair ofmusic; a deaf man fluentupon symphonies and
harmonies! He is a moleprofessing to educateeagles; a limpet elected topreside over angels.”(Lectures to My Students,first series, Grand Rapids:Baker, 1980, 4)
Discipline is fromgumnazo, from which ourEnglish words"gymnasium" and"gymnastics" derive.
It means "to train," or"to exercise."The word speaks of therigorous, strenuous,self-sacrificing training anathlete undergoes.
*Every Greek city had itsgymnasium, and Ephesuswas no exception.*Youths customarily spentmuch of their time fromages sixteen to eighteen inphysical training.
*That was vital, since lifein those days involvedmuch physical activity.*There was a greatemphasis on physicaltraining and the glory ofwinning athletic events.
*By using gumnazo, Paulplays off that culturalphenomenon and appliesit to the spiritual realm.*As Greek cultureemphasized dedicatedtraining of the body, Paul
urged Timothy todiscipline himself for thepurpose of godliness.*The present tense of theverb indicates that was tobe Timothys constantpursuit.
*Timothy was to train hisinner man for godliness.*Eusebeia (godliness)expresses the reality ofreverence, piety, and truespiritual virtue.
Godliness is a rightattitude and responsetoward the true CreatorGod; a preoccupationfrom the heart with holyand sacred realities.
*It is respect for what isdue to God, and is thusthe highest of all virtues.*In 1 Tim 6:3 it is said tobe at the heart of truth.
False Doctrine and Human Greed 1 Timothy 6:2b-12Teach and encourage these things. 3 If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree withthe sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotesgodliness, 4 he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes andarguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, 5 andconstant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth,who imagine that godliness[b] is a way to material gain.[c] 6 But godliness with contentmentis a great gain.7 For we brought nothing into the world,and[d] we can take nothing out.8 But if we have food and clothing,[e]we will be content with these.9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmfuldesires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is aroot[f] of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith andpierced themselves with many pains.Fight the Good Fight11 But you, man of God, run from these things,and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,love, endurance, and gentleness.12 Fight the good fight for the faith;take hold of eternal lifethat you were called toand have made a good confession aboutin the presence of many witnesses.
2 Peter 1:3 says thatgodliness comes fromChrist, while 1 Tim 6:11balances that by teachingthat believers must pursueit.
*According to Acts 3:12 itbrings power, while 2 Tim3:12 indicates it bringstrouble.*1 Tim 6:5-6 says that itbrings eternal blessings.
Godliness is the heart andsoul of Christiancharacter, and the aim ofChristian living(1 Tim 2:2; 2 Peter 3:11).
*Spiritual self-discipline isthe key to godly living.*In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27Paul wrote, “Do you notknow that those who runin a race all run, but onlyone receives the prize?
Run in such a way thatyou may win. Andeveryone who competesin the games exercisesself-control in all things.They then do it to receivea perishable wreath, but
we an imperishable.Therefore I run in such away, as not without aim; Ibox in such a way, as notbeating the air; but Ibuffet my body and makeit my slave, lest possibly,
after I have preached toothers, I myself should bedisqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
In 2 Corinthians 7:1 heexhorted us to "cleanseourselves from alldefilement of flesh andspirit, perfecting holinessin the fear of God."
In 2 Timothy 2:3-5 Paulcommanded Timothy to“Suffer hardship with me,as a good soldier of ChristJesus. No soldier in activeservice entangles himselfin the affairs of everyday
life, so that he may pleasethe One Who enlisted himas a soldier. And also ifanyone competes as anathlete, he does not winthe prize unless hecompetes according to the
That eternal aspect ofGods saving was whatmotivated Paul to endurewhat he suffered in thecourse of his Gospelministry.
*The excellent ministerslabor must not be done inthe power of the flesh, butof the Spirit.*Paul strikes that balancein Colossians 1:28-29:"And we proclaim Him,
admonishing every manand teaching every manwith all wisdom, that wemay present every mancomplete in Christ. Andfor this purpose also Ilabor, striving according
to His power, whichmightily works withinme." Colossians 1:28-29*Hard work in theministry must beenergized by Gods powerat work in the minister.
Vine describes it as:"piety characterized by aGod-ward attitude thatdoes that which iswell-pleasing to Him“.
Godliness is alsodescribed as:“character and conductdetermined by theprinciples of thelove of God and thefear of God in the heart”.
Godliness could besummarized as:pious conduct done witha desire to please God.
Godliness is the reverentawareness of Godssovereignty over everyaspect of life, and thedetermination to honorHim in all ones conduct.
"Godliness" and "holiness"denote one reality(the terms are joined in 1 Tim 2:2 ; and in 2 Peter 3:11 ).
Godliness depends on knowing Godsrevealed truth. Paul speaks of "theknowledge of the truth that leads togodliness" ( Titus 1:1 ), and of "godlysorrow that leads to salvation" ( 2 Cor 7:10 ). Peter declares that Gods "divinepower has given us everything we needfor life and godliness through ourknowledge of Him" ( 2 Peter 1:3 ). Godimparts knowledge of Himself byrevealing His Son.
The godly person is committed to obeying God in the world:"We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to thegodly man who does his will" ( John 9:31 ). The shape ofobedience is clarified by the terms to which "godliness" isjoined. "But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, godliness,faith, love, endurance and gentleness" ( 1 Tim 6:11 ). "Makeevery effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness,knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control,perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness,brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love" ( 2 Peter 1:5-7 )qualities which, in turn, deepen ones "knowledgeof our Lord Jesus Christ" ( 1:8 ). Christ, moreover, furnishespower for the godly life: "Why do you stare at us as if by ourown power or godliness we had made this man walk?" asksPeter ( Acts 3:12 ). Without divine power, godliness becomes anempty form ( 2 Tim 3:5 ).
Godliness in both respects (knowledge of God andholiness of life) is jeopardized by the propagation offalsehood: "If anyone teaches false doctrines and doesnot agree to the sound instruction of our Lord JesusChrist and to godly teaching, he is conceited andunderstands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest incontroversies and quarrels about words that result inenvy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions, and constantfriction between men of corrupt mind, who have beenrobbed of the truth and who think that godliness is ameans to financial gain" ( 1 Tim 6:3-5 ). Accordingly, "thewrath of God is being revealed from heaven against allthe godlessness and wickedness of men who suppressthe truth by their wickedness" ( Rom 1:18 ).
Godliness is costly: "everyone who wants to live a godlylife in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" ( 2 Tim 3:12 ).Hope of eternal life enables them to endure. "The Lordknows how to rescue godly men from trials and to holdthe unrighteous for the day of judgment" ( 2 Peter 2:9 ; 3:11-12 ). "Train yourself to be godly. For physicaltraining is of some value, but godliness has value for allthings, holding promise for both the present life and thelife to come" ( 1 Tim 4:7-8 ). Grace teaches us "to say Noto ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,while we wait for the blessed hopethe gloriousappearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" ( Titus 2:12-13 ). Seeing this life in light of the nextencourages "godliness with contentment" ( 1 Tim 6:6-7 ).
god·ly [god-lee] Show IPAadjective, god·li·er, god·li·est.1. conforming to the laws and wishes of God; devout; pious.2. coming from God; divine.Origin:before 1000; Middle English; Old English godlīc. See God, -lyRelated formsgod·li·ness, nounSynonyms1. religious, saintly, holy, righteous, good.Antonyms1. wicked, impious.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 NASB1 “But realize this, that inthe last days difficulttimes will come. 2 For men will be loversof self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant,