THE PRACTICE OF      GODLINESS    1 Timothy 4:6-12    February 10, 2013FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI          ...
FEBRUARY MONTHLY  SCRIPTURE MEMORY          VERSE“God create a clean heartfor me and renew asteadfast spirit withinme.”   ...
SUNDAY SCHOOL FACTOf individuals who onlyattend worship, fewerthan 20 percent are stillactive in church five yearslater.
However, of those whoattend both worship andSunday School, more than80 percent are still activeafter five years.
Thank you for beingpassionate about reachingout to and ministering topeople through SundaySchool!!!
When a guest visits in ourclass or a new memberjoins our class, make aspecial effort to let themknow how glad we arethat t...
AMERICA, ISRAEL AND  GOD’S PROPHETIC      TIMETABLE   Dr. Sherlock Bally Thursday, February 28      6:30-8:30 p.m.  Fellow...
·The importance ofJerusalem to God’sprophetic timetable· America and Israel’sprophetic parallels
·Israel and its position inthe Middle East·The importance ofAmerica to continue tostand with Israel.
GODLINESS1 TIMOTHY 4
*You are as close to Godas you want to be.*The time you have hereon earth is an opportunityfor you to prove howclose you w...
*Do you want to be closerto God than you are rightnow?*Do you at least desire to(want to) want to be closerto God than you...
PRAYER“Father, give me thedesire to want to be closerto You and then pleasechange those desires intoaction.”
THE GREEK WORD FOR      GODLINESS:EUSEBIA (you SAY be ah)Literally, it means:    “to worship well”,    “to be very devout”...
Our text today:1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB     The key verse:     1 Timothy 4:8(Background passages onwholeheartedness):
2 Chronicles 16:99  “For the eyes ofthe Lord move to and frothroughout the earth thatHe may strongly supportthose whose he...
Matthew 22:37-40 KJV37 “Jesus said unto him,Thou shalt love the Lordthy God with all thy heart,     and with all thy soul,...
38 This is the first andgreat commandment.39 And the second is likeunto it, Thou shalt lovethy neighbor as thyself.40 On t...
the law and theprophets.” Matthew 22:37-40 KJV
Isaiah 66:1-2 NASB1 Thus says the Lord,“Heaven is My throne andthe earth is My footstool.Where then is a house youcould bu...
And where is a place thatI may rest?2 “For My hand made allthese things,Thus all these things cameinto being,” declaresthe...
“But to this one I willlook, to him who ishumble and contrite of spirit, and whotrembles at My word.”     Isaiah 66:1-2 NASB
con·trite (an adjective) -feeling or expressingremorse or penitence;affected by guilt.Synonymsrepentant - penitent -remors...
2 Thessalonians 2:1-31“Now we request you,brethren, with regard tothe (second) coming ofour Lord Jesus Christ andour gathe...
2 that you not be quicklyshaken from yourcomposure or be disturbedeither by a spirit or amessage or a letter as iffrom us,...
(the Tribulation)has come.3 Let no one in any waydeceive you, for it will notcome unless the apostasycomes first, and the ...
2 Timothy 3:1-5 NASB1 “But realize this, that inthe last days difficulttimes will come. 2 For men will be loversof self, l...
revilers, disobedient toparents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable,malicious gossips,without self-control,bru...
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers ofpleasure rather thanlovers of God, 5 holding to a formof godliness, althought...
power.”2 Timothy 3:1-5   NASB
The Ephesian church,where Timothy wasserving when Paul wrote1 Timothy, had beenwarned already about thecoming of false doc...
Acts 20:28-3128 “Be on guard foryourselves and for all theflock, among which theHoly Spirit has madeyou overseers, tosheph...
God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after mydeparture savage wolveswill come in among you,not sparin...
30 and from among yourown selves men will arise,speaking perverse things,to draw away thedisciples after them. 31 Therefor...
Throughout Pauls letters,the Spirit speaks expresslythat the church will seeapostasy, a falling awayfrom the true faith( 2...
1 Timothy 4:11 “But the Spirit explicitlysays that in later timessome will fall away fromthe faith, paying attentionto dec...
Paul points out that thecause for the apostasy isnot the "growingintelligence of scholars"but the satanic influenceof demo...
the basic doctrines of theBible.*The problem is not withthe head but with theheart!
Text for today:1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB
1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB6“In pointing out thesethings to the brethren, youwill be a good servant ofChrist Jesus, constantlyno...
doctrine which you havebeen following.7 But have nothing to dowith worldly fables fitonly for old women.On the other hand,...
purpose of godliness; 8 forbodily discipline is only oflittle profit, but godliness isprofitable for all things,since it h...
9 It is a trustworthystatement deserving fullacceptance. 10 For it is forthis we labor and strive,because we have fixed ou...
men, especially ofbelievers.11 Prescribe and teachthese things.12 Let no one look downon your youthfulness,but rather in s...
conduct, love, faith andpurity, show yourself anexample of those whobelieve.” 1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB
Key verse:1 Timothy 4:8
1 Timothy 4:8 NIV 19848 “For physical training isof some value, butgodliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor b...
If everything is going tobe perfect in Heaven andif you are going to be likeJesus when you get there,why go to any effort ...
What is verse 8 talkingabout when it says thatgodliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor both the present lifea...
1 Corinthians 3:6-15NASB6 “I planted, Apolloswatered, but God wascausing the growth. 7 So then neither the onewho plants n...
who waters is anything,but God Who causes thegrowth. 8 Now he who plants andhe who waters are one;but each will receive hi...
his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellowworkers; you are God’s field, God’s building.10 According to the graceof God which...
builder I laid afoundation, and another isbuilding on it. But eachman must be careful howhe builds on it. 11 For no man ca...
the One which is laid,which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man buildson the foundation withgold, silver, preciousstones, w...
become evident; for theday will show it because itis to be revealed with fire,and the fire itself willtest the quality of ...
14 If any man’s workwhich he has built on itremains, he will receive areward. 15 If any man’s work isburned up, he will su...
be saved, yet so asthrough fire.”1 Corinthians 3:6-15*What is the greatestreward a person couldever have?
The greatest rewardanyone could ever have isto be in the presence ofGod!
Revelation 22:12 NASB12 “Behold, I am comingquickly, and My reward iswith Me, to render toevery man according towhat he ha...
2 Peter 1:3 NIV 19843  “His divine power hasgiven us everything weneed for life and godlinessthrough our knowledge ofHim W...
28 “Now, little children,abide in Him, so thatwhen He appears, wemay have confidenceand not shrink away fromHim in shame a...
There will be no shame orremorse in the finalHeaven, but what aboutduring the thousand yearreign here on earth?
What is Godliness?A study by: Jerry BridgesArticle contributed by:NavPressVisit NavPress website
From:"Value for All Things" and"Devotion to God" in the book: The Practice of Godliness byJerry Bridges (NavPress,1983).
As we see the importanceof this foundationalspiritual attribute(godliness), we commitourselves to building itinto our live...
There is no highercompliment that can bepaid to a Christian than tocall him/her a godlyperson. 
The words godly andgodliness actually appearonly a few times in theNew Testament;yet the entire Bible is abook on godliness.
When Paul wants to distillthe essence of theChristian life into onebrief paragraph, hefocuses on godliness.
Paul tells us that God’sgrace "teaches us to sayNo to ungodliness andworldly passions, and tolive self-controlled,upright ...
our Lord Jesus Christ(Titus 2:11-13).
We are to train ourselvesto be godly. We are to pursue godliness— the word "pursue"indicating unrelenting,persevering effo...
Godliness withcontentment is held forthas great gain; and finally,godliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor bo...
When Peter, in lookingforward to the, day of theLord when the earth andeverything in it will bedestroyed, asks what kindof...
live holy and godly lives(2 Peter 3:10-12).Here Peter uses the mostmomentous event of allhistory to stir us up to ourChris...
Surely, then, godliness isnot an optional spiritualluxury for a few quaintChristians of a bygone eraor for some group ofsu...
It is both the privilege andduty of every Christian topursue godliness,to train himself to begodly, to study diligentlythe...
*We dont need anyspecial talent orequipment.*God has given to eachone of us "everything weneed for life andgodliness" (2 P...
The most ordinaryChristian has all that heneeds, and the mosttalented Christian mustuse those same means inthe practice of...
"What do you think ofwhen you think ofgodliness?"The answers, thoughvaried, always end upexpressing some idea ofChristian ...
using such expressions as"Godlike," "Christlike," or"the fruit of the Spirit."*Godliness certainlyincludes Christiancharac...
*There is another, evenmore fundamental aspectof godliness than godlycharacter.*It is the foundation, infact, on which god...
Devotion in Action*The Bible gives us someclues about godliness inits earliest pages. *Genesis 5:21-24 tells usabout Enoch...
In a short three-versesummary of Enoch’s life,Moses twice describeshim as one who "walkedwith God.“
Genesis 5:2424 “Enoch walked withGod (stayed constantly intouch with God); and hewas not, for God tookhim.”
Much later in the Bible,the author of Hebrewsgives Enoch a place in thegreat Faith’s Hall of Famein chapter 11, but he see...
He describes Enoch as"one who pleased God.“Hebrews 11:5-65 “By faith Enoch wastaken up so that he wouldnot see death; 
and he was not foundbecause God took him up;for he obtained thewitness that before hisbeing taken up he waspleasing to God.
6 And without faith it isimpossible to please Him,for he who comes to Godmust believe that He isand that He is a rewardero...
*Here, then, are twoimportant clues:Enoch walked with God,and Enoch pleased God.*It is evident from thesetwo statements th...
in God; God was the focalpoint, the polestar of hisvery existence.*Enoch walked with God;he enjoyed a relationshipwith God...
*We could accurately sayhe was devoted to God.*This is the meaning ofgodliness.
The New Testament wordfor godliness conveys theidea of a personalattitude toward God thatresults in actions that arepleasi...
*This personal attitudetoward God is what wecall devotion to God.*But it is always devotionin action. 
It is not just a warm,emotional feeling aboutGod, the kind of feelingwe may get while singingsome grand old hymn ofpraise ...
Neither is devotion toGod merely a time ofprivate Bible reading andprayer, a practice wesometimes call"devotions."
Focused On GodDevotion is not anactivity;it is an attitude towardGod.
This attitude is composedof three essentialelements:the fear of Godthe love of Godthe desire for God.
*Note that all threeelements focus uponGod. *The practice of godliness isan exercise or discipline thatfocuses upon God. 
From this God-wardattitude arise both thecharacter and the conduct(doers of the Word) thatwe usually think of asgodliness.
So often we try to developChristian character andconduct without takingthe time to develop God-centered devotion.
*We try to please Godwithout taking the time towalk with Him (stayconstantly in contact withHim) and develop arelationship...
The devil tried to trickEve with the lie,“Just do this and you willbe like God!”There are no shortcuts todiscipleship.
Consider the exactingrequirements of a godlylifestyle as expounded bythe saintly William Lawin A Serious Call to aDevout a...
Law uses the worddevotion in a broadersense to mean all that isinvolved in godliness—actions as well as attitude:Devotion ...
He therefore is the devout[godly] man who lives nolonger to his own will, orthe way and spirit of theworld, but to the sol...
serves God in everything,who makes all the parts ofhis common life parts ofpiety [godliness], bydoing everything in thenam...
conformable to his Glory.David Platt says we are to:     Enjoy His grace          and    Extend His glory!
*Note the totality ofgodliness over one’s entirelife in Law’s description ofthe godly person.*Nothing is excluded.*God is ...
*His most ordinary dutiesare done with an eye toGod’s glory.(Bro Lawrence)*In Paul’s words to theCorinthians, “whether hee...
the glory of God.”1 Cor 10It is obvious that such aGod-centered lifestylecannot be developed andmaintained apart from asol...
Only a strong personalrelationship with theliving God can keep sucha commitment frombecoming oppressive andlegalistic.
John writes that God’scommands are notburdensome; a godly lifeis not wearisome, but thisis true only because agodly person...
*Devotion to God, then, isthe mainspring of godlycharacter.*And this devotion is theonly motivation forChristian behavior ...
This motivation is whatseparates the godlyperson from the moralperson, or the benevolentperson, or the zealousperson.
*The godly person ismoral, benevolent, andzealous because of hisdevotion to God.*And his life takes on adimension that ref...
*It is sad that manyChristians do not havethis aura of godlinessabout them.*They may be verytalented and personable,or ver...
work, or even apparentlysuccessful in someavenues of Christianservice, and still not begodly.Why?
*Because they are notdevoted to God.*They may be devoted toa vision, or to a ministry,or to their own reputationas Christi...
*So godliness can bedefined as devotion to Godwhich results in a life that ispleasing to Him.*Enoch walked with God,and En...
His walk with God speaksof his relationship withGod, or his devotion toGod;his pleasing God speaksof the behavior that aro...
Some of our aversion tothe phrase "fear of God"may be due to amisunderstanding of itsmeaning.
The Bible uses the term"fear of God" in twodistinct ways:that of anxious dread, andthat of veneration, awe,and reverence.
Fear as anxious dread isproduced by therealization of God’simpending judgmentupon sin.
When Adam sinned hehid from God because hewas afraid.
Although this aspect ofthe fear of God shouldcharacterize everyunsaved person who liveseach day as an object ofGod’s wrath...
Paul’s concludingindictment of ungodlymankind was,"There is no fear of Godbefore their eyes"(Romans 3:18).
*The Christian has beendelivered from fear ofGod’s wrath (1 John 4:18).*But the Christian has notbeen delivered fromthe di...
and in this sense he stillfears God.*He works out hissalvation with fear andtrembling (Philippians2:12); he lives his life...
fear (1 Peter 1:17).*For the child of God,however, the primarymeaning of the fear ofGod is veneration andhonor, reverence ...
*Murray says this fear isthe soul of godliness.*It is the attitude thatelicits from our heartsadoration and love,reverence...
It focuses in awe not uponthe wrath of God butupon the majesty,holiness, andtranscendent glory ofGod.
The angelic beings ofIsaiah’s vision inchapter 6 demonstratedthis awe when, with twoof their wings, theycovered their face...
Lord.*We see this same awe inIsaiah himself and inPeter when they eachrealized they were in thepresence of a holy God.
We see it most vividly inthe reaction of the beloveddisciple John in Revelation 1:17, when hesaw his Master in all ofHis h...
feet as though dead.*It is impossible to bedevoted to God if one’sheart is not filled with thefear of God.
It is this profound sense ofveneration and honor,reverence and awe thatdraws forth from ourhearts the worship andadoration...
devotion to God.*The reverent, godlyChristian sees God first inHis transcendent glory,majesty, and holinessbefore he sees ...
God wants us to first“seek His face”, to get toknow Him and notalways be seeking Hishand, to ask what He cando for us.
There is a healthy tensionthat exists in the godlyperson’s heart betweenthe reverential awe ofGod in his glory and thechil...
Without this tension, aChristian’s filialconfidence can easilydegenerate intopresumption.
One of the more serioussins of Christians todaymay well be the almostflippant familiarity withwhich we often addressGod in...
*None of the godly men ofthe Bible ever adopted thecasual manner we oftendo.*They always addressedGod with reverence.
The same writer who tellsus that we haveconfidence to enter theMost Holy Place, thethrone room of God, alsotells us that w...
with reverence and awe,"for our God is aconsuming fire"(Hebrews 10:19 and Hebrews 12:28-29).
Paul, who tells us that theHoly Spirit dwellingwithin us causes us to cry"Abba Father," also tells usthat this same God li...
In our day we must beginto recover a sense of aweand profound reverencefor God.
We must begin to viewHim once again in theinfinite majesty that alonebelongs to Him Who isthe Creator and SupremeRuler of ...
There is an infinite gap inworth and dignitybetween God the Creatorand man the creature,even though man hasbeen created in...
The fear of God is aheartfelt recognition ofthis gap—not a put downof man, but an exaltationof God.
*Even the redeemed inheaven fear the Lord.*In Revelation 15:3-4, theysing triumphantly thesong of Moses the servantof God ...
“Great and marvelous areYour deeds, Lord GodAlmighty.Just and true are Yourways, King of the ages.Who will not fear You, O...
Your name?For You alone are holy.All nations will comeand worship before You,for Your righteous actshave been revealed.”  ...
Note the focus of theirveneration upon God’sattributes of power,justice, and holiness.
*No wonder, then, thatwith that day in viewPeter tells us to live holyand godly lives now.*God is in the process ofprepari...
eternity.*So He desires that wegrow in both holiness andgodliness.*He wants us to be likeHim and to reverence andadore Him...
*We must be learning todo this now.*In our day we seem tohave magnified the loveof God almost to theexclusion of the fear ...
Because of thispreoccupation we are nothonoring God andreverencing Him as weshould.
We should magnify thelove of God;but although we revel inHis love and mercy, wemust never lose sight ofHis majesty and His...
Not only will a rightconcept of the fear of Godcause us to worship Godaright, it will also regulateour conduct.
*As John Murray says,"What or whom weworship determines ourbehavior."*Albert N. Martin has saidthat the essentialingredien...
the fear of God are:(1) correct concepts of        God’s character,(2) a pervasive sense of    God’s presence, and(3) a co...
If we have somecomprehension of God’sinfinite holiness and Hishatred of sin, coupledwith this pervasive senseof God’s pres...
then such a fear of Godmust influence andregulate our conduct.“The beginning ofwisdom is to learn thefear of the Lord.”Pro...
The fear of God shouldprovide a primarymotivation for, as well asresult in, obedience toHim.
*If we truly reverence Godwe will obey Him, sinceevery act of disobedience isan affront to His dignityand majesty.*John 14...
Gripped By Gods LoveOnly the God-fearingChristian can trulyappreciate the love ofGod.
He sees the infinite gulfbetween a holy God and asinful creature, and thelove that bridged that gulfthrough the death of t...
God’s love for us is many-faceted, but He supremelydemonstrated it bysending His Son to die forour sins.
All other aspects of Hislove are secondary, and infact are made possible forus through the death ofChrist.
The apostle John says,"God is love" (1 John 4:8).And he explains, "This ishow God showed His loveamong us: He sent His one...
through Him. This is love:not that we loved God,but that He loved us andsent His Son as an atoningsacrifice for our sins"(...
*The love of God has nomeaning apart fromCalvary.*And Calvary has nomeaning apart from theholy and just wrath ofGod.
Jesus did not die just togive us peace and apurpose in life; He died tosave us from the wrath ofGod.
He died to reconcile us toa holy God Who wasalienated from us becauseof our sin.
He died to ransom usfrom the penalty of sin—the punishment ofeverlasting destruction,and of being shut outfrom the presenc...
He died that we, the justobjects of God’s wrath,should become, by Hisgrace, heirs of God andco-heirs with Christ.
How much we appreciateGod’s love is conditionedby how deeply we fearHim.
The more we see God inHis infinite majesty,holiness, andtranscendent glory, themore we will gaze withwonder and amazementu...
at Calvary.*But it is also true that themore deeply we perceiveGod’s love to us in Christ,the more profound will beour rev...
The psalmist caught thistruth when he said,"If you,O Lord, kept a record ofsins, O Lord, who couldstand? But with You ther...
*He worshiped God withreverence and awebecause of God’sforgiveness.*In our practice ofgodliness, then, we mustseek to grow...
fear of God and in anever-increasingcomprehension of the loveof God.*These two elementstogether form thefoundation of our
devotion to God.
This awareness of God’slove for us in Christ mustbe personalized in order forit to become one of thesolid foundational cor...
*It is not enough tobelieve that God loved theworld.*I must be gripped by therealization that God lovesme, a specific pers...
It is this awareness of Hisindividual love thatdraws out our hearts indevotion to Him.
*Our awareness of God’slove for us must also beconstantly growing.*As we mature in ourChristian lives we areincreasingly a...
own sinfulness.*In Paul’s first letter toTimothy he reflects uponGod’s mercy inappointing him to theGospel ministry.
*Paul recalls that he oncewas a blasphemer and apersecutor and a violentman.*This description nolonger applies to Paul; it...
But as he continues toreflect upon the grace ofGod, he slips, almostunconsciously it seems,into the present tense ofhis ex...
"Christ Jesus came intothe world to save sinners—of whom I am theworst"(1 Timothy 1:15).
*He is no longer thinkingabout his past as apersecutor of Christ.*Now he is thinking abouthis present dailyexperience as a...
of God for him.*He doesnt think aboutother Christians, whomwe know were waybehind Paul in theirdevotion to God and theirat...
character.*Paul never wastes timetrying to feel good abouthimself by comparinghimself favorably withless mature Christians.
He compares himself withGod’s standard, and heconsequently sees himselfas the worst of sinners.
Through this presentsense of his sinfulnessPaul sees God’s love forhim.
The more he grows in hisknowledge of God’sperfect will, the more hesees his own sinfulness,and the more hecomprehends God’...
for him.*And the more he seesGod’s love, the more hisheart reaches out inadoring devotion to theOne who loved him so.
If God’s love for us is tobe a solid foundationstone of devotion, wemust realize that His loveis entirely of grace—that it...
flows to us through ourunion with Him.
*Because of this basis Hislove can never change,regardless of what we do.*In our daily experience,we have all sorts ofspir...
discouragement, all ofwhich tend to make usquestion God’s love.*That is because we keepthinking that God’s love issomehow ...
We are afraid to believeHis love is based entirelyupon the finished work ofChrist for us.
Deep down in our soulswe must get hold of thewonderful truth that ourspiritual failures do notaffect God’s love for usone ...
according to ourexperience.
We must be gripped bythe truth that we areaccepted by God andloved by God for the solereason that we are unitedto His belo...
As the King James Versiontranslates Ephesians 1:6,“He hath made usaccepted in the Beloved."
Does this apprehension ofGod’s personal,unconditional love for usin Christ lead to carelessliving?Not at all.
Rather, such an awarenessof His love stimulates inus an increased devotionto Him.
And this devotion isactive; it is not just awarm, affectionate feelingtoward God.
Paul testified that Christ’slove for us compelled himto live not for himself, butfor Him Who died for usand rose again(2 C...
*The word for "compel"which Paul used is a verystrong verb.*It means to press in on allsides and to impel or forceone to a...
Probably not manyChristians can identifywith Paul in this depth ofhis motivation, but thissurely should be our goal.
This is the constrainingforce God’s love isintended to have upon us.
So we see that devotion toGod begins with the fearof God—with a Biblicalview of His majesty andholiness that elicits areve...
And then we see that thefear of God leadsnaturally to anapprehension of the loveof God for us as shown inthe atoning death...
As we contemplate Godmore and more in Hismajesty, holiness, andlove, we will beprogressively led to theapex of the triangl...
God Himself.
A Thirst For GodTrue godliness engagesour affections andawakens within us adesire to enjoy God’spresence and fellowship.
It produces a longing forGod Himself.
The writer of Psalm42 vividly expressed thislonging when heexclaimed, "As the deerpants for streams of water,so my soul pa...
God, for the living God.When can I go and I meetwith God?"*What could be moreintense than a hunteddeer’s thirst for water?
The psalmist does nothesitate to use this pictureto illustrate the intensityof his own desire forGod’s presence andfellows...
You are as close to God asyou want to be and yourtime here on earth provesto Him how close youwant to be to Him ineternity.
David also expresses thisintense desire for God:"One thing I ask of theLord, this is what I seek:that I may dwell in theho...
upon the beauty of theLord and to seek Him inhis temple" (Psalm 27:4).*David yearned intenselyfor God Himself that hemight...
Since God is a spirit, Hisbeauty obviously refersnot to a physicalappearance but to Hisattributes.
*David enjoyed dwellingupon the majesty andgreatness, the holinessand goodness of God.*But David did more thancontemplate ...
He sought God Himself,for elsewhere he says,"Earnestly I seek You; mysoul thirsts for You, mybody longs for You"(Psalm 63:...
The apostle Paul alsoexperienced this longingfor God: "I want to know Christ"(Philippians 3:10).
The Amplified Bible forcefully catches theintensity of Paul’s desirein this passage:"For my determinedpurpose is that I ma...
progressively becomemore deeply andintimately acquaintedwith Him, perceiving andrecognizing andunderstanding thewonders of...
more strongly and moreclearly."
*This is the heartbeat ofthe godly person.*As he contemplates Godin the awesomeness of Hisinfinite majesty, power,and holi...
of God’s mercy and gracepoured out at Calvary, hisheart is captivated by thisOne Who could love himso.
*He is satisfied with Godalone, but he is neversatisfied with his presentexperience of God.*He always yearns formore.
*Perhaps this idea of adesire for God soundsstrange to manyChristians today.*We understand thethought of serving God, ofbe...
*We may even have a"quiet time" when we readthe Bible and pray.*But the idea of longingfor God Himself, ofwanting to deepl...
presence, may seem a bittoo mystical, almostbordering on fanaticism.*We prefer ourChristianity to be morepractical.
*Yet who could be morepractical than Paul?*Who was more involvedin the struggles of dailyliving than David?
Still, with all theirresponsibilities, both Pauland David yearned toexperience morefellowship with the livingGod.
The Bible indicates thatthis is God’s plan for us,from its earliest pagesright through to the end.
In the third chapter ofGenesis, God walks in thegarden, calling out forAdam that He might havefellowship with him.
In Revelation 21, whenJohn sees the vision of thenew Jerusalem comingdown from heaven, hehears the voice of God say,"Now t...
live with them" (verse 3).*For all of eternity Godplans to have fellowshipwith His people.
Today, Jesus still says tous as He did to the churchat Laodicea,"Here I am! I stand at thedoor and knock. If anyonehears M...
and eat with him, and hewith Me"(Revelation 3:20).
In the culture of John’sday, to share a mealmeant to have fellowship,so Jesus is inviting us toopen our hearts to Himthat ...
He desires that we cometo know Him better;therefore, the desire andyearning for God issomething that He plantswithin our h...
PRAYER“Father, give me thedesire to want to be closeto You and change thosedesires into action.”
*In the life of the godlyperson, this desire forGod produces an aura ofwarmth.*Godliness is neveraustere and cold.
Such an idea comes froma false sense of legalisticmorality that iserroneously calledgodliness.
The person who spendstime with God reflects Hisglory in a manner that isalways warm andinviting, never cold andforbidding.
This longing for God alsoproduces a desire toglorify God and to pleaseHim.
*In the same breath, Paulexpresses the desire toknow Christ as well as tobe like Him.*This is God’s ultimateobjective for ...
in us.In Isaiah 26:9, the prophetproclaims his desire forthe Lord in words verysimilar to the psalmist’s:"My soul yearns f...
morning my spirit longsfor You."
Note that immediatelybefore this expression ofdesire for the Lord, Isaiahexpresses a desire forGod’s glory: “Your nameand ...
Renown has to do withone’s reputation, fame,and eminence—or inGod’s case, with Hisglory.
*The prophet could notseparate in his heart hisdesire for God’s glory andhis desire for GodHimself.*These two yearnings go...
This is devotion to God—the fear of God, which isan attitude of reverenceand awe, veneration andhonor toward Him,coupled w...
our souls of the love ofGod for us, demonstratedpreeminently in theatoning death of Christ.
These two attitudescomplement and reinforceeach other, producingwithin our souls an intensedesire for this One Who isso aw...
so superior in Hisunconditional love andmercy.
From "Value for AllThings" and "Devotion toGod" in The Practice ofGodliness by Jerry Bridges(NavPress, 1983).
What is Godliness?Study By: Jerry BridgesArticle contributedby NavPressVisit NavPress website
Every follower of Christ ispart of a royal priesthood– all believers areministers and eachChristian has been calledto mini...
While “the world” judgesa ministry by its ownstandards, none of thosecriteria are Biblically validfor assessing the minist...
What a follower of Christis on his knees in secretbefore God Almighty, thathe is and no more said thePuritan genius JohnOw...
*The true criteria bywhich a believer andhis/her ministry must beevaluated are found in theNew Testament.*In 1 Timothy 4:6...
The criteria found in 1Timothy 4 form thestandard by which everyministry is to bemeasured.
The following commentsare from:The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2...
Wiersbes ExpositoryOutlines on the NewTestament. Copyright ©1992 by Chariot VictorPublishing, an imprint ofCook Communicat...
*J. Vernon McGees ThruThe Bible*Barclays Daily StudyBible (NT)
AN EXCELLENTMINISTER IS, ABOVEALL, A SERVANT“you will be a goodservant of Christ Jesus,”   1 Timothy 4:6b NASB
*Good (Kalos) could alsobe translated "excellent.“*Servant (diakonos) isused in the sense of itsmore general usage ofanyon...
Those who serve Christ,those who are bond slavesto Christ, are called toexcellence in theirusefulness to His cause.
Colossians 3:22-2422 “Slaves, in all thingsobey those who are yourmasters on earth, notwith external service, asthose who ...
heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, doyour work heartily, as forthe Lord rather than formen, 24 knowing that from...
reward of the inheritance.It is the Lord Christ whomyou serve.”       Colossians 3:22-24
Having discussed theinevitability of falseteachers in 4:1-5, Paulnow instructs Timothy inhow to be, and to evaluatethose s...
Lord in the face ofdemonic opposition.*In so doing, Paul focusesmostly on the positivetraits that shouldcharacterize an ex...
The way to defeat falsedoctrine is not only bydenouncing and refutingit, but also by positivelyteaching and living thetruth.
The primary focus of theministry is to be positive,to build up the people ofGod, becausesanctification is more thanavoidin...
So Paul calls Timothy tobe an excellent servant ofJesus Christ, and to set astandard of virtue in faith,devotion, and cond...
By so doing, people willbe delivered from heresyand will be focused on thepositive truth that makesthem spiritually strong.
In 4:6-16, Paul directsTimothy to consider hisresponsibilities byexhibiting eleven qualitiesthat are to characterize themi...
AN EXCELLENTMINISTER WARNS HISPEOPLE OF ERROR“In pointing out thesethings to the brethren,”   1 Timothy 4:6a NASB
*While the ministry is notto be dominated by anegative attitude, thatdoes not mean there is noplace for warning.*It is an ...
This passage is close—packed with practicaladvice, not only forTimothy, but for anyservant of the Churchwho is charged wit...
leadership.(i) It tells us how toinstruct others. The wordused for laying thesethings before the brothersis most suggestiv...
It does not mean to issueorders but rather toadvise, to suggest.It is a gentle, humble, andmodest word.It means that the t...
and pugnaciously laydown the law.It means that he must actrather as if he wasreminding men of whatthey already knew orsugg...
that they should learnfrom him, but that theyshould discover fromtheir own hearts what isright.
Guidance given ingentleness will always bemore effective thanbullying instructions laiddown with force. Menmay be led when...
Hupotithemi (pointingout) is a mild verb,meaning "to remind," or"to suggest."*It could literally betranslated, "to lay bef...
*The verb does not havethe idea of commandingpeople or forcingobedience.*Rather, it refers to gentle,humble persuasion.
The present tense of theparticiple indicatesTimothy was to becontinually warning hispeople.
*That was a recurringtheme in Pauls ministry.*In Acts 20:29-32, hewarned the Ephesianelders of the errors thatwere to come.
*He did not, however,give an exhaustiveexposition of those errors.*Instead, he focused onthe positive aspect ofbuilding up...
Having that strongfoundation, they wouldbe able to handle any kindof error when it came.*The first thing theytaught us in ...
*The way a teller is taughtto recognize a counterfeitbill is by first teachingthem what the real thinglooks like.*Know the...
*These things are thosePaul warned of in 4:1-5.*Timothy is to warn of thedanger of all features ofun-biblical, demonicdoct...
*The people he is to warnare the brethren, Godspeople.*Believers are not to be"children, tossed here andthere by waves, an...
wind of doctrine, by thetrickery of men, bycraftiness in deceitfulscheming" (Eph 4:14).*He is to remind themthat the way t...
be strong in the Word(1 John 2:14).
1 John 2:14Holman ChristianStandard Bible (HCSB)14  “I have written to you,children, because youhave come to know theFather.
I have written to you,fathers, because you havecome to know the OneWho is from thebeginning.I have written to you,young me...
are strong, God’s wordremains in you, and youhave had victory over theevil one.”     1 John 2:14 HCSB
*In 2 Timothy 4:1-5, Paulgave the followingexhortation to Timothy:
“I solemnly charge you inthe presence of God andof Christ Jesus, Who is tojudge the living and thedead, and by Hisappearin...
word; be ready in seasonand out of season;reprove, rebuke, exhort,with great patience andinstruction. For the timewill com...
doctrine; but wanting tohave their ears tickled,they will accumulate forthemselves teachers inaccordance to their owndesir...
truth, and will turn asideto myths. But you, besober in all things, endurehardship, do the work ofan evangelist, fulfill y...
*A man of God mustdevelop and preachstrong convictions.*He must continuallywarn his people of erroras the need arises.
*He is the protector of hisflock.*A man of God mustdevelop and preachstrong convictions.
*He must continuallywarn his people of erroras the need arises.*So many pastors havefailed to draw the lineclearly between...
people up in the rich andsound doctrine of GodsWord.*Such weak preachers areoften said to compensateby having what some ca...
A pastors heart, however,is not measured by howgood a man is at pettingsheep, but by how well heprotects them fromwolves a...
and strong.
AN EXCELLENTMINISTER IS ANEXPERT STUDENT OFSCRIPTURE“constantly nourished onthe words of the faith andof the sound doctrine
which you have beenfollowing.” (1 Timothy4:6c)*This quality is basic toexcellence in ministry, butis sadly lacking in thec...
"The Word of God andprayer" (v. 5) settle thematter. God, in His Word,has declared that all foodsare clean (Gen 1:29-31; 9...
26; Acts 10:1); andthrough prayer, theChristian thanks God anddedicates the food to Hisglory (1 Cor 10:31).
The pastor must teachthese things to his people,nourishing them andhimself on "healthy"(sound) doctrine; seenotes on 1:10.
A good minister will feedon the Word that he mightbe able to feed others.
1 Timothy 4:6 KJV"Nourished up in thewords of faith and ofgood doctrine” -- this ishow the believer is togrow in the Word ...
We are not to go off ontangents about diet orsome other aestheticprogram as if it wouldcommend us to God.
Instead our diet is to be"nourished up in thewords of faith and ofgood doctrine.“ 4:6
Much contemporarypreaching is weak andproduces weak churchesbecause it reflects a lack ofBiblical knowledge, and aminimal ...
It tells us how to face thetask of teaching.Timothy is told that hemust feed his life on thewords of faith.No man can give...
He who would teach mustbe continually learning.It is the reverse of thetruth that when a manbecomes a teacher heceases to ...
he must daily know JesusChrist better before he canbring him to others.
*For many pastors, studyis an unwelcome intrusioninto their schedule.*It interrupts the routineof administrative tasksand ...
They study only enoughto make a sermon, not tofeed their own hearts andthink deeply and carefullyon divine truth.
The result is impotentsermons that fall on hardhearts and have littleimpact.
*It is to that expert studyof Scripture that Paulcalled Timothy.*The translationconstantly nourishedreflects the present t...
*The continual experienceof being nourished on thetruths of Gods word isessential.*An excellent ministermust read the Word...
and master its contents.*Only then can he be"approved to God as aworkman who does notneed to be ashamed,handling accuratel...
BIBLE MATHEMATICSWe are not to add to theBible,nor to subtract from itbut to rightly divide it!
*The phrase the words ofthe faith reflects the bodyof Christian truthcontained in Scripture.*If the Word is "inspiredby Go...
correction, for training inrighteousness; that theman of God may beadequate, equipped forevery good work" (2 Tim3:16-17), ...
The issue is not how gooda communicator a man is,or how well he knows theculture and the currentissues, or even how wellhe...
The issue is how well heknows the Word of God,since Gods revelationperfectly assesses allissues in every time andevery lif...
It is through knowledgeof the Word that thepastor fulfills his callingto lead his people throughspiritual growth toChristl...
1 Peter 2:2   HCSB2  “Like newborn infants,desire the pure spiritualmilk, so that you maygrow by it for yoursalvation,”
Sound doctrine is thatteaching which is firmlyrooted in and yieldedfrom the properinterpretation ofScripture, not humansys...
philosophicalspeculations.*Exegetical theology mustbe the foundation ofBiblical and systematictheology.
An excellent ministermust be knowledgeable ofBiblical truth, both itsdepth and breadth.
*An excellent ministermust be an excellentstudent of Scripture.*He cannot give out whathe does not take in.
AN EXCELLENTMINISTER AVOIDS THEINFLUENCE OF UNHOLYTEACHING“But have nothing to dowith worldly fables fit onlyfor old women...
This verse tells us what toavoid.Timothy is to avoidprofitless tales like thosewhich old women tell tochildren.
It is easy to get lost inside-issues and to getentangled in things whichare at best embroideries.It is on the great centra...
nourish his faith.
*The flip side of beingstrong in the Word isavoiding false teaching.*An excellent ministerwho is committed to thestudy of ...
uninterested in andunwilling to have hisstrength dissipated byungodly teaching.
*Paraiteomai (havenothing to do with) is astrong word, meaning"reject," or "put away"(2 Tim 2:23; Titus 3:10).
Worldly translates bebelos,a word that describes whatis radically separate fromwhat is holy. It could betranslated "unhall...
contradicts the Word ofGod.*Fables translates muthos,from which our Englishword "myth" derives.
*Such fables are theopposite of Biblical truth(cf. 2 Tim 4:4).*Paul sarcasticallydescribes them as fit onlyfor old women.
Women were not usuallyallowed the educationalopportunity men had, sothis phrase comes fromsuch a situation.
That epithet wascommonly used inphilosophical circles as aterm of disdain for aviewpoint lackingcredibility and thusappeal...
uneducated,unsophisticated, andperhaps senile matrons.*No intelligent manwould hear it at all.
*The Ephesians wouldhave understood Paulsuse of the phrase.*The mind is a preciousthing, and God expectsthose in leadershi...
saturated with His Word.*There is no place forfoolish, silly myths thatare in reality the doctrinesof demons.
The excellent ministermaintains his convictionand his clarity of mind byexposing himself to theWord of God not todemonic l...
Under the guise ofadvanced theologicaleducation and academicerudition, many a manslove of the truth has beendestroyed, and...
hopelessly muddled.
AN EXCELLENTMINISTER DISCIPLINESHIMSELF FORGODLINESS“On the other hand,discipline yourself for thepurpose of godliness;
for bodily discipline isonly of little profit, butgodliness is profitable forall things, since it holdspromise for the pre...
It is a trustworthystatement deserving fullacceptance.”       1 Timothy 4:7b-9
A Godly Minister:Practicing the Word (4:7-12)Just as "healthy" doctrinewill promote spiritualhealth, so the foolish andsil...
teachers will producespiritual sickness.*Spiritual food andspiritual exercise are ahappy combination!
It is suggested thatTimothy was leaningtoward asceticism, thedisciplining of the body;and that Paul is hereteaching him to...
disciplines and exercisesmore than physical.
If some Christians wouldput as much energy andenthusiasm into spiritualthings as they do athleticsand body-building, howmu...
"Bodily exercise profits fora little time," Paul admits,"but spiritual exercise -practicing the Word ofGod - is profitable...
The Christian, andespecially the pastor,must practice the Word ofGod and be known forgodliness (god-likeness).
This may mean carryingburdens and bearingsuffering (v. 10), but it isworth it.
Even young people can beexamples of the faith, asPaul admonishes in v. 12:in word, in behavior(conversation), in love, ins...
This passage tells us whatto seek.Timothy is told that as anathlete trains his body, sothe Christian must trainhis soul.
It is not that bodily fitnessis despised.The Christian faithbelieves that the body isthe temple of the HolySpirit.
But there are certainthings in Pauls mind.First, in the ancient world,especially in Greece, thegymnasia were dangerousplac...
Every town had itsgymnasium; for the Greekyouth between the ages ofsixteen and eighteen,gymnastics were the mainpart of ed...
But the ancient world wasriddled withhomosexuality and thegymnasia were notoriousas hotbeds of thatparticular sin.
Second, Paul is pleadingfor a sense of proportion.Physical training is good,and even essential; but itsuse is limited.It d...
results which last for soshort a time, for the bodypasses away.Training in godlinessdevelops the whole manin body, mind an...
only time, but eternity aswell.The Christian is not theathlete of the gymnasium,he is the athlete of God.The greatest of t...
Isocrates wrote: "Noascetic ought to train hisbody as a king ought totrain his soul.""Train yourself bysubmitting willingl...
come on you unwillinglyyou will be able to endurethem."
This shows us the basis ofthe whole matter.No one has ever claimedthat the Christian life is aneasy way; but its goal isGod.
It is because life is lived inthe presence of God andends in His still nearerpresence, that theChristian is willing toendu...
The greatness of the goalmakes the toil worthwhile.—Barclays Daily StudyBible (NT)
*"For bodily exerciseprofiteth little." There arethose who believe thatPaul is downgradingphysical exercise.*I dont unders...
*Paul spent about threeyears in Ephesus wherethere was a great coliseumin which the OlympicGames were held at times.*The c...
races were often heldthere.*Paul uses the figure ofthe race and compares itto the Christian life andwalk in1 Corinthians 9...
*Paul knew somethingabout exercise.*I stood in the city ofSardis one time andobserved the Roman roadthat was being excavat...
that city.*Paul walked that roadnineteen hundred yearsago, preaching the Gospelof Christ.*He didnt travel in a busor in an...
*He didnt ride a horse oreven a donkey.*Paul walked there, and ittook a rugged individualto cover the ground thathe covere...
*He may not have donemuch jogging, but he dida great deal of walking.*Pauls emphasis ongodliness rather than onphysical ex...
were a people given overto games and athletics.*We are also that kind of anation.*Many of our cities havecoliseums where g...
and many believers putmore emphasis onathletics than they do onthe things of God.*There are church officerswho spend more ...
ball park than they spendin prayer meetings.*Paul is not saying bodilyexercise is wrong.*He is saying, "Lets holdthings in...
*"But godliness isprofitable unto all things,having promise of the lifethat now is, and of thatwhich is to come."*Bodily e...
because when you get anew body it wont makeany difference whetheryouve exercised this oneor not.
*"But godliness isprofitable unto all things."*Those who argue that aChristian can fall into sinand can always come backto...
*But, my friend, a godlylife pays off not onlydown here, it will pay offin eternity.*The Prodigal Son lost agreat deal by ...
Christian who lives acareless life rather than agodly life will find thateven in eternity he willpay for it.
*Are you as anxious aboutgodliness as you are aboutphysical exercise, aboutathletic events?*The physical ends at theend of...
into the next.
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 Leaders...
Spurgeon described in thefollowing words theminister who, lackinggodliness in his own life,would seek to lead othersto it:...
blind man elected to aprofessorship of optics,philosophising upon lightand vision, discoursingupon and distinguishingto ot...
the prismatic colours,while he himself isabsolutely in the dark!He is a dumb manelevated to the chair ofmusic; a deaf man ...
harmonies! He is a moleprofessing to educateeagles; a limpet elected topreside over angels.”(Lectures to My Students,first...
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 undergo...
*Every Greek city had itsgymnasium, and Ephesuswas no exception.*Youths customarily spentmuch of their time fromages sixte...
*That was vital, since lifein those days involvedmuch physical activity.*There was a greatemphasis on physicaltraining and...
*By using gumnazo, Paulplays off that culturalphenomenon and appliesit to the spiritual realm.*As Greek cultureemphasized ...
urged Timothy todiscipline himself for thepurpose of godliness.*The present tense of theverb indicates that was tobe Timot...
*Timothy was to train hisinner man for godliness.*Eusebeia (godliness)expresses the reality ofreverence, piety, and truesp...
Godliness is a rightattitude and responsetoward the true CreatorGod; a preoccupationfrom the heart with holyand sacred rea...
*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 ...
False Doctrine and Human Greed 1 Timothy 6:2b-12Teach and encourage these things. 3 If anyone teaches other doctrine and d...
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...
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 r...
Run in such a way thatyou may win. Andeveryone who competesin the games exercisesself-control in all things.They then do i...
we an imperishable.Therefore I run in such away, as not without aim; Ibox in such a way, as notbeating the air; but Ibuffe...
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 f...
In 2 Timothy 2:3-5 Paulcommanded Timothy to“Suffer hardship with me,as a good soldier of ChristJesus. No soldier in active...
life, so that he may pleasethe One Who enlisted himas a soldier. And also ifanyone competes as anathlete, he does not wint...
rules.”          2 Timothy 2:3-5
*Here Paul likens spiritualdiscipline to that requiredof a soldier and an athlete.*Such discipline isnecessary for victory...
The lack of spiritualdiscipline is the primaryreason so many spiritualleaders fall into sin.
They fail to spend timecultivating the means ofgrace, in the Word, inprayer, and in self-sacrificial service.
*An excellent minister isto pursue godliness, notsuccess (cf. 1 Tim 1:5; 2:8;3:2,10; 6:11; 2 Tim 2:1,21-22).
He will one day hear fromthe Lord, "Well done,good and faithful slave"(Matt 25:21).
*In Pauls day, as in ourown, there was a greatemphasis on bodilydiscipline.*While helpful, suchdiscipline is only of littl...
*Paul is showing that it islimited both in extent andduration.*Bodily discipline affectsonly the physical bodyduring this ...
On the other hand,godliness is profitable forall things, since it holdspromise for the presentlife and also for the life t...
Unlike bodily discipline,godliness is profitable forthe soul as well as thebody.
Its positive effects are alsonot limited to this life,because it holds promisefor the present life andalso for the life to...
Cultivating godliness willbring benefits in thepresent life (cf. Prov 3:7-8), but it will primarilybring blessedness for a...
So axiomatic is the truthof verse 8 that Paul calls ita trustworthy statementdeserving full acceptance.
“This is a faithful sayingand worthy of allacceptation” (1Tim. 4:9).*Paul is emphasizing thepoint he has just made.*In oth...
can count on."*You could count on it inthe first century inEphesus, and you cancount on it in Jackson,Mississippi in the t...
And we can count on it inthe twenty-first century, ifwe make it that far.
As noted in chapter 3 ofthis volume, atrustworthy statement is aself-evident, obviousstatement.
It is something so patentlyclear that everyoneacknowledges it. Thisaffirmation refers back toverse 8, not ahead to thecomm...
It is axiomatic thatbelievers are to bedisciplining themselvesfor godliness because ofits eternal value.
Godliness, not fame,popularity, or reputation,is the pursuit of theexcellent minister, whomust be an example ofspiritual v...
He must apply all themeans of grace as heendeavors to be able tosay, as did Paul, "Beimitators of me, just as Ialso am of ...
AN EXCELLENTMINISTER ISCOMMITTED TO HARDWORK1 Timothy 4:10
“For it is for this we laborand strive, because wehave fixed our hope onthe living God, Who is theSavior of all men,especi...
"For therefore we bothlabour and sufferreproach."*If you stand for JesusChrist today it will costyou something. There isno...
*What Scripture does sayis that He is the Savior ofall men.*Whoever you are, Hesyour Savior and Hes theonly Savior.
"Specially of those thatbelieve."*He is the Savior of allmen, but you can turnHim down if you want to.*Let me illustrate t...
They say that a planeleaves the Los AngelesInternational Airportevery minute, and I couldget on any one of them (ifI had t...
*All I need to do is get aticket and get on theplane.*Its a plane foreverybody, you see, butnot everybody will take it.
Christ is the Savior of allmen, but only those whobelieve will be saved(see John 3:16; 1John 2:2).
The ministry of excellenceis not only a heavenlypursuit demanding divinepower, but also an earthlytask, demanding hardwork.
*As already noted, for thisconnects verse 10 withverse 8.*The goal of laboring andstriving is godliness, withits eternal i...
Kopiao (labor) means "towork to the point ofweariness andexhaustion."Agonizomai (strive) is thesource of our Englishword "...
It means "to engage in astruggle."*In 2 Cor 5:9-11, Paulgives two reasons suchhard work is necessary:believers will appear...
of Christ (v. 10), andunbelievers will faceGods eternal judgment(v. 11; Col 1:28-29).
The knowledge of thisdemand for diligent laborspurs the excellentminister on to seriousefforts.
*No wonder HenryMartyn, the missionary toIndia, exclaimed, "Now letme burn out for God."*Because of his diligent,hard work...
David Brainerd was deadbefore he reached thirty.*Ministers of God areengaged in an eternalwork, with the destiny ofmens so...
*The urgency of that workdrives them on, throughweariness, loneliness, andstruggle.
*J. Oswald Sanders wrote,"If he is unwilling to paythe price of fatigue for hisleadership, it will alwaysbe mediocre. . . ...
man, and the moreeffective the leadership is,the higher the price to bepaid" (SpiritualLeadership, 175, 169).
Paul affirmed to theGalatians that through thecross of Christ "the worldhas been crucified to me,and I to the world"(Galat...
To the Corinthians hewrote,“For if I preach the gospel,I have nothing to boast of,for I am undercompulsion; for woe is mei...
Gospel. For if I do thisvoluntarily, I have areward; but if against mywill, I have a stewardshipentrusted to me. . . .Ther...
I box in such a way, as notbeating the air; but Ibuffet my body and makeit my slave, lest possibly,after I have preached t...
To Timothy he wrote,10 For it is for this we laborand strive, because we havefixed our hope on the livingGod, who is the S...
These passages speak ofPauls commitment tohard work and privation,a commitment evidencedby his suffering recordedin 2 Cor ...
*An excellent ministerlives with hope and is notmotivated by instantgratification or immediatefulfillment.*He has fixed hi...
*The perfect tense of theverb indicates somethingdone in the past withcontinuing results in thepresent.*He constantly labo...
*As he was saved in hope(Rom 8:24), so he livesand ministers in thathope.*His concerns do notrelate to the temporalworld o...
fulfillment, but to therealm of eternity and theinvisible kingdom.
The phrase the living Godis used frequently in theOld Testament in contrastwith dead idols (1 Sam17:26; 2 Kings 19:4,16; P...
Excellent ministers do notserve dead idols forearthly rewards, but theeternally living and trueGod for results andrewards ...
In what sense God is theSavior of all men,especially of believers hasbeen much disputed.
Some, wanting toeliminate the Scripturalteaching of an eternal hell,argue that Paul hereteaches universalism, thatall men ...
*That view violates thebasic hermeneuticalprinciple known asanalogia Scriptura.*According to thatprinciple, the Bible neve...
It will never teachsomething in one passagethat violates what itteaches elsewhere.
The Bible clearly teachesthat those who reject Godwill be sentenced to hell(Rev 20:11-15).
Matt 25:41 and 46 statethat the duration of thatpunishment will beeternal.
2 Thess 1:8-9 says thatthose who do not knowGod and refuse to obeythe Gospel will suffereternal punishment awayfrom Gods p...
Jesus repeatedly spoke ofthe danger of hell (Matt8:12; 13:41-42,49-50; 22:13;24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28).
He solemnly warnedthose who rejected Himthat they would die intheir sins (John 8:24).
Universalism isundeniably contrary toScripture, since the samewords in the original thatdescribe hell as eternalalso descr...
*A second view might bedubbed thepotential/actual view.*According to this view,Christ is potentially thesavior of all men,...
believe.*It is true that Christsdeath was powerfulenough to have redeemedthe whole human raceand to satisfy the justice of...
barrier between God andall men.*Therefore, all can becalled to salvation andjustly damned if theyrefuse that call.
By means of Christsdeath, God madeprovision for the sins ofthe world.
That such is not theteaching of this verse,however, is revealed bythe use of the adverbmalista (especially), whichmust mea...
extent the same kind ofsalvation as believersenjoy.
The adverb is notadversative or contrastive,it cannot be saying that allmen are saved in onesense, but believers inanother.
The difference is one ofdegree, not kind.
It seems best tounderstand this verse tobe teaching that God isreally the Savior of allmen, who actually doessave them — b...
believers He saves in theeternal sense.*In both cases, He is theirSavior and there is asaving that He does ontheir behalf.
*In this life, all menexperience to some degreethe protecting, delivering,sustaining power of God.*Believers will experien...
eternity.*The word Savior is notalways in Scripturelimited to salvation fromsin.
In the Septuagint, theGreek translation of theOld Testament, soter(Savior) is sometimesused in the lesser sense of"deliver...
Words in the same wordgroup occasionally havethat sense in the NewTestament as well ( Luke1:71; Acts 7:25; 27:34; Phil1:19...
A related word,sozo ("to save") is used inthe Gospels to refer tophysical healing (Matt9:21-22; Mark 5:23; Luke8:36,50; Jo...
God is the Savior of allmen in that He withholdsthe death and judgmentall sinners should receivebecause of sin(Ezek 18:4,3...
The reality that Goddelivers men from instantdamnation and does"good and [gives them]rains from heaven andfruitful seasons...
and gladness" (Acts 14:17)shows He is the Savior ofall.
*He graciously gives "toall life and breath and allthings" (Acts 17:25), and"causes His sun to rise onthe evil and the goo...
unrighteous" (Matt 5:45).*He gives common graceto all men.*Unbelievers experienceGods goodness andmercy in that they are n...
sin.*Nor does He give themconstant pain andpermanent deprivation.*They experience Histemporal blessings in thislife.
That principle isillustrated in Isa 63:8-10:“For He said, "Surely,they are My people, sonswho will not deal falsely."
So He became theirSavior.In all their affliction Hewas afflicted, and theangel of His presencesaved them; in His loveand i...
redeemed them; And Helifted them and carriedthem all the days of old.*But they rebelled andgrieved His Holy Spirit;therefo...
enemy, He fought againstthem.”      Isaiah 63:8-10*Verse 8 says God becameIsraels Savior.*He brought the nationout of Egyp...
*He provided food, water,and deliverance fromtheir enemies.*That He was not theSavior in a spiritual senseof every Israeli...
He became their enemyand fought against them.*That passage isanalogous to Paulsthought in 1 Timothy 4:10.*God is the Savio...
sense, and especially ofbelievers in the spiritualsense that they aredelivered from sinspenalty forever!
So the excellent ministerhas no trouble workinghard proclaiming thesaving glory and work ofGod in Christ, knowinghe serves...
Savior both in time andfor eternity.
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 Col...
admonishing every manand teaching every manwith all wisdom, that wemay present every mancomplete in Christ. Andfor this pu...
to His power, whichmightily works withinme." Colossians 1:28-29*Hard work in theministry must beenergized by Gods powerat ...
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 th...
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 on...
"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...
The godly person is committed to obeying God in the world:"We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to theg...
Godliness in both respects (knowledge of God andholiness of life) is jeopardized by the propagation offalsehood: "If anyon...
Godliness is costly: "everyone who wants to live a godlylife in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" ( 2 Tim 3:12 ).Hope of et...
J. Knox ChamblinBibliography. W. Barclay, New Testament Words, pp.106-16; J. Bridges, The Practice of Godliness; W. Foerst...
god·ly [god-lee] Show IPAadjective, god·li·er, god·li·est.1. conforming to the laws and wishes of God; devout; pious.2. co...
2 Timothy 3:1-5 NASB1 “But realize this, that inthe last days difficulttimes will come. 2 For men will be loversof self, l...
revilers, disobedient toparents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable,malicious gossips,without self-control,bru...
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers ofpleasure rather thanlovers of God, 5 holding to a formof godliness, althought...
power; Avoid such menas these.”2 Timothy 3:1-5   NASB
That should elicit fromour hearts a reverence forhim.
*What are the marks ofthese false teachers?*For one thing, theypreach one thing butpractice another.*They are such hypocri...
their own consciences bytheir willful disobedienceto Gods Word!*They read the Word butexplain it away throughtheir self-se...
They teach a false piety -namely, asceticism, that is,abstaining from marriageand certain foods.
There are some so-called"Christian" groups thathave never studied Col 2to discover that bodilydisciplines do notautomatica...
1 Timothy 4:8 NIV 19848 “For physical training isof some value, butgodliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor b...
*Godliness is more thanChristian character:It is Christian characterthat springs from adevotion to God.*But it is also tru...
02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness
02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness
02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness
02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness
02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness
02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness
02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness
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02 February 10, 2013, 1 Timothy 4;6-12, The Practice Of Godliness

  1. 1. THE PRACTICE OF GODLINESS 1 Timothy 4:6-12 February 10, 2013FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. FEBRUARY MONTHLY SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE“God create a clean heartfor me and renew asteadfast spirit withinme.” Psalm 51:10
  3. 3. SUNDAY SCHOOL FACTOf individuals who onlyattend worship, fewerthan 20 percent are stillactive in church five yearslater.
  4. 4. However, of those whoattend both worship andSunday School, more than80 percent are still activeafter five years.
  5. 5. Thank you for beingpassionate about reachingout to and ministering topeople through SundaySchool!!!
  6. 6. When a guest visits in ourclass or a new memberjoins our class, make aspecial effort to let themknow how glad we arethat they are here.
  7. 7. AMERICA, ISRAEL AND GOD’S PROPHETIC TIMETABLE Dr. Sherlock Bally Thursday, February 28 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall East
  8. 8. ·The importance ofJerusalem to God’sprophetic timetable· America and Israel’sprophetic parallels
  9. 9. ·Israel and its position inthe Middle East·The importance ofAmerica to continue tostand with Israel.
  10. 10. GODLINESS1 TIMOTHY 4
  11. 11. *You are as close to Godas you want to be.*The time you have hereon earth is an opportunityfor you to prove howclose you want to be toGod forever.
  12. 12. *Do you want to be closerto God than you are rightnow?*Do you at least desire to(want to) want to be closerto God than you presentlyare?
  13. 13. PRAYER“Father, give me thedesire to want to be closerto You and then pleasechange those desires intoaction.”
  14. 14. THE GREEK WORD FOR GODLINESS:EUSEBIA (you SAY be ah)Literally, it means: “to worship well”, “to be very devout” “good reverence”.
  15. 15. Our text today:1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB The key verse: 1 Timothy 4:8(Background passages onwholeheartedness):
  16. 16. 2 Chronicles 16:99  “For the eyes ofthe Lord move to and frothroughout the earth thatHe may strongly supportthose whose heart iscompletely His.”
  17. 17. Matthew 22:37-40 KJV37 “Jesus said unto him,Thou shalt love the Lordthy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
  18. 18. 38 This is the first andgreat commandment.39 And the second is likeunto it, Thou shalt lovethy neighbor as thyself.40 On these twocommandments hang all
  19. 19. the law and theprophets.” Matthew 22:37-40 KJV
  20. 20. Isaiah 66:1-2 NASB1 Thus says the Lord,“Heaven is My throne andthe earth is My footstool.Where then is a house youcould build for Me?
  21. 21. And where is a place thatI may rest?2 “For My hand made allthese things,Thus all these things cameinto being,” declaresthe Lord.
  22. 22. “But to this one I willlook, to him who ishumble and contrite of spirit, and whotrembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:1-2 NASB
  23. 23. con·trite (an adjective) -feeling or expressingremorse or penitence;affected by guilt.Synonymsrepentant - penitent -remorseful - regretful
  24. 24. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-31“Now we request you,brethren, with regard tothe (second) coming ofour Lord Jesus Christ andour gathering together toHim (the Rapture),
  25. 25. 2 that you not be quicklyshaken from yourcomposure or be disturbedeither by a spirit or amessage or a letter as iffrom us, to the effect thatthe day of the Lord
  26. 26. (the Tribulation)has come.3 Let no one in any waydeceive you, for it will notcome unless the apostasycomes first, and the manof lawlessness is revealed,the son of destruction,”
  27. 27. 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, 
  28. 28. revilers, disobedient toparents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable,malicious gossips,without self-control,brutal, haters of good,
  29. 29. 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers ofpleasure rather thanlovers of God, 5 holding to a formof godliness, althoughthey have denied its
  30. 30. power.”2 Timothy 3:1-5 NASB
  31. 31. The Ephesian church,where Timothy wasserving when Paul wrote1 Timothy, had beenwarned already about thecoming of false doctrines(Acts 20:28-31).
  32. 32. Acts 20:28-3128 “Be on guard foryourselves and for all theflock, among which theHoly Spirit has madeyou overseers, toshepherd the church of
  33. 33. God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after mydeparture savage wolveswill come in among you,not sparing the flock; 
  34. 34. 30 and from among yourown selves men will arise,speaking perverse things,to draw away thedisciples after them. 31 Therefore be on thealert,” Acts 20:28-31
  35. 35. Throughout Pauls letters,the Spirit speaks expresslythat the church will seeapostasy, a falling awayfrom the true faith( 2 Thessalonians 2).
  36. 36. 1 Timothy 4:11 “But the Spirit explicitlysays that in later timessome will fall away fromthe faith, paying attentionto deceitful spirits anddoctrines of demons,” 
  37. 37. Paul points out that thecause for the apostasy isnot the "growingintelligence of scholars"but the satanic influenceof demons so thatprofessed believers deny
  38. 38. the basic doctrines of theBible.*The problem is not withthe head but with theheart!
  39. 39. Text for today:1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB
  40. 40. 1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB6“In pointing out thesethings to the brethren, youwill be a good servant ofChrist Jesus, constantlynourished on the words ofthe faith and of the sound
  41. 41. doctrine which you havebeen following.7 But have nothing to dowith worldly fables fitonly for old women.On the other hand,discipline yourself for the
  42. 42. purpose of godliness; 8 forbodily discipline is only oflittle profit, but godliness isprofitable for all things,since it holds promise forthe present life and also forthe life to come.
  43. 43. 9 It is a trustworthystatement deserving fullacceptance. 10 For it is forthis we labor and strive,because we have fixed ourhope on the living God,Who is the Savior of all
  44. 44. men, especially ofbelievers.11 Prescribe and teachthese things.12 Let no one look downon your youthfulness,but rather in speech,
  45. 45. conduct, love, faith andpurity, show yourself anexample of those whobelieve.” 1 Timothy 4:6-12 NASB
  46. 46. Key verse:1 Timothy 4:8
  47. 47. 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV 19848 “For physical training isof some value, butgodliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor both the present lifeand the life to come.”
  48. 48. If everything is going tobe perfect in Heaven andif you are going to be likeJesus when you get there,why go to any effort ortrouble while we are hereon Earth to be like Him?
  49. 49. What is verse 8 talkingabout when it says thatgodliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor both the present lifeand the life to come?
  50. 50. 1 Corinthians 3:6-15NASB6 “I planted, Apolloswatered, but God wascausing the growth. 7 So then neither the onewho plants nor the one
  51. 51. who waters is anything,but God Who causes thegrowth. 8 Now he who plants andhe who waters are one;but each will receive hisown reward according to
  52. 52. his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellowworkers; you are God’s field, God’s building.10 According to the graceof God which was givento me, like a wise master
  53. 53. builder I laid afoundation, and another isbuilding on it. But eachman must be careful howhe builds on it. 11 For no man can laya foundation other than
  54. 54. the One which is laid,which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man buildson the foundation withgold, silver, preciousstones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will
  55. 55. become evident; for theday will show it because itis to be revealed with fire,and the fire itself willtest the quality of eachman’s work. 
  56. 56. 14 If any man’s workwhich he has built on itremains, he will receive areward. 15 If any man’s work isburned up, he will sufferloss; but he himself will
  57. 57. be saved, yet so asthrough fire.”1 Corinthians 3:6-15*What is the greatestreward a person couldever have?
  58. 58. The greatest rewardanyone could ever have isto be in the presence ofGod!
  59. 59. Revelation 22:12 NASB12 “Behold, I am comingquickly, and My reward iswith Me, to render toevery man according towhat he has done.”
  60. 60. 2 Peter 1:3 NIV 19843  “His divine power hasgiven us everything weneed for life and godlinessthrough our knowledge ofHim Who called us by Hisown glory and goodness.”
  61. 61. 28 “Now, little children,abide in Him, so thatwhen He appears, wemay have confidenceand not shrink away fromHim in shame at Hiscoming.” 1 John 2:28
  62. 62. There will be no shame orremorse in the finalHeaven, but what aboutduring the thousand yearreign here on earth?
  63. 63. What is Godliness?A study by: Jerry BridgesArticle contributed by:NavPressVisit NavPress website
  64. 64. From:"Value for All Things" and"Devotion to God" in the book: The Practice of Godliness byJerry Bridges (NavPress,1983).
  65. 65. As we see the importanceof this foundationalspiritual attribute(godliness), we commitourselves to building itinto our lives now.
  66. 66. There is no highercompliment that can bepaid to a Christian than tocall him/her a godlyperson. 
  67. 67. The words godly andgodliness actually appearonly a few times in theNew Testament;yet the entire Bible is abook on godliness.
  68. 68. When Paul wants to distillthe essence of theChristian life into onebrief paragraph, hefocuses on godliness.
  69. 69. Paul tells us that God’sgrace "teaches us to sayNo to ungodliness andworldly passions, and tolive self-controlled,upright and godly lives" aswe await the coming of
  70. 70. our Lord Jesus Christ(Titus 2:11-13).
  71. 71. We are to train ourselvesto be godly. We are to pursue godliness— the word "pursue"indicating unrelenting,persevering effort. 
  72. 72. Godliness withcontentment is held forthas great gain; and finally,godliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor both the present lifeand the life to come. (v8)
  73. 73. When Peter, in lookingforward to the, day of theLord when the earth andeverything in it will bedestroyed, asks what kindof people we ought to be,he answers that we are to
  74. 74. live holy and godly lives(2 Peter 3:10-12).Here Peter uses the mostmomentous event of allhistory to stir us up to ourChristian duty—holy and godly living.
  75. 75. Surely, then, godliness isnot an optional spiritualluxury for a few quaintChristians of a bygone eraor for some group ofsuper-saints of today.
  76. 76. It is both the privilege andduty of every Christian topursue godliness,to train himself to begodly, to study diligentlythe practice of godliness.
  77. 77. *We dont need anyspecial talent orequipment.*God has given to eachone of us "everything weneed for life andgodliness" (2 Peter 1:3).
  78. 78. The most ordinaryChristian has all that heneeds, and the mosttalented Christian mustuse those same means inthe practice of godliness.
  79. 79. "What do you think ofwhen you think ofgodliness?"The answers, thoughvaried, always end upexpressing some idea ofChristian character,
  80. 80. using such expressions as"Godlike," "Christlike," or"the fruit of the Spirit."*Godliness certainlyincludes Christiancharacter, but it is morethan that.
  81. 81. *There is another, evenmore fundamental aspectof godliness than godlycharacter.*It is the foundation, infact, on which godlycharacter is built.
  82. 82. Devotion in Action*The Bible gives us someclues about godliness inits earliest pages. *Genesis 5:21-24 tells usabout Enoch, the father ofMethuselah.
  83. 83. In a short three-versesummary of Enoch’s life,Moses twice describeshim as one who "walkedwith God.“
  84. 84. Genesis 5:2424 “Enoch walked withGod (stayed constantly intouch with God); and hewas not, for God tookhim.”
  85. 85. Much later in the Bible,the author of Hebrewsgives Enoch a place in thegreat Faith’s Hall of Famein chapter 11, but he seesEnoch from a slightlydifferent perspective.
  86. 86. He describes Enoch as"one who pleased God.“Hebrews 11:5-65 “By faith Enoch wastaken up so that he wouldnot see death; 
  87. 87. and he was not foundbecause God took him up;for he obtained thewitness that before hisbeing taken up he waspleasing to God.
  88. 88. 6 And without faith it isimpossible to please Him,for he who comes to Godmust believe that He isand that He is a rewarderof those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:5-6 
  89. 89. *Here, then, are twoimportant clues:Enoch walked with God,and Enoch pleased God.*It is evident from thesetwo statements thatEnoch’s life was centered
  90. 90. in God; God was the focalpoint, the polestar of hisvery existence.*Enoch walked with God;he enjoyed a relationshipwith God; and he pleasedGod.
  91. 91. *We could accurately sayhe was devoted to God.*This is the meaning ofgodliness.
  92. 92. The New Testament wordfor godliness conveys theidea of a personalattitude toward God thatresults in actions that arepleasing to Him.
  93. 93. *This personal attitudetoward God is what wecall devotion to God.*But it is always devotionin action. 
  94. 94. It is not just a warm,emotional feeling aboutGod, the kind of feelingwe may get while singingsome grand old hymn ofpraise or some modern-day chorus of worship.
  95. 95. Neither is devotion toGod merely a time ofprivate Bible reading andprayer, a practice wesometimes call"devotions."
  96. 96. Focused On GodDevotion is not anactivity;it is an attitude towardGod.
  97. 97. This attitude is composedof three essentialelements:the fear of Godthe love of Godthe desire for God.
  98. 98. *Note that all threeelements focus uponGod. *The practice of godliness isan exercise or discipline thatfocuses upon God. 
  99. 99. From this God-wardattitude arise both thecharacter and the conduct(doers of the Word) thatwe usually think of asgodliness.
  100. 100. So often we try to developChristian character andconduct without takingthe time to develop God-centered devotion.
  101. 101. *We try to please Godwithout taking the time towalk with Him (stayconstantly in contact withHim) and develop arelationship with Him.*This is impossible to do.
  102. 102. The devil tried to trickEve with the lie,“Just do this and you willbe like God!”There are no shortcuts todiscipleship.
  103. 103. Consider the exactingrequirements of a godlylifestyle as expounded bythe saintly William Lawin A Serious Call to aDevout and Holy Life.
  104. 104. Law uses the worddevotion in a broadersense to mean all that isinvolved in godliness—actions as well as attitude:Devotion signifies a lifegiven, or devoted, to God.
  105. 105. He therefore is the devout[godly] man who lives nolonger to his own will, orthe way and spirit of theworld, but to the sole willof God; who considersGod in everything, who
  106. 106. serves God in everything,who makes all the parts ofhis common life parts ofpiety [godliness], bydoing everything in thename of God, and undersuch rules as are
  107. 107. conformable to his Glory.David Platt says we are to: Enjoy His grace and Extend His glory!
  108. 108. *Note the totality ofgodliness over one’s entirelife in Law’s description ofthe godly person.*Nothing is excluded.*God is at the center of histhoughts.
  109. 109. *His most ordinary dutiesare done with an eye toGod’s glory.(Bro Lawrence)*In Paul’s words to theCorinthians, “whether heeats or drinks or whateverhe does, he does it all for
  110. 110. the glory of God.”1 Cor 10It is obvious that such aGod-centered lifestylecannot be developed andmaintained apart from asolid foundation ofdevotion to God.
  111. 111. Only a strong personalrelationship with theliving God can keep sucha commitment frombecoming oppressive andlegalistic.
  112. 112. John writes that God’scommands are notburdensome; a godly lifeis not wearisome, but thisis true only because agodly person is first of alldevoted to God.
  113. 113. *Devotion to God, then, isthe mainspring of godlycharacter.*And this devotion is theonly motivation forChristian behavior that ispleasing to God.
  114. 114. This motivation is whatseparates the godlyperson from the moralperson, or the benevolentperson, or the zealousperson.
  115. 115. *The godly person ismoral, benevolent, andzealous because of hisdevotion to God.*And his life takes on adimension that reflects thevery stamp of God.
  116. 116. *It is sad that manyChristians do not havethis aura of godlinessabout them.*They may be verytalented and personable,or very busy in the Lord’s
  117. 117. work, or even apparentlysuccessful in someavenues of Christianservice, and still not begodly.Why?
  118. 118. *Because they are notdevoted to God.*They may be devoted toa vision, or to a ministry,or to their own reputationas Christians, but not toGod.
  119. 119. *So godliness can bedefined as devotion to Godwhich results in a life that ispleasing to Him.*Enoch walked with God,and Enoch pleased God.
  120. 120. His walk with God speaksof his relationship withGod, or his devotion toGod;his pleasing God speaksof the behavior that arosefrom that relationship.
  121. 121. Some of our aversion tothe phrase "fear of God"may be due to amisunderstanding of itsmeaning.
  122. 122. The Bible uses the term"fear of God" in twodistinct ways:that of anxious dread, andthat of veneration, awe,and reverence.
  123. 123. Fear as anxious dread isproduced by therealization of God’simpending judgmentupon sin.
  124. 124. When Adam sinned hehid from God because hewas afraid.
  125. 125. Although this aspect ofthe fear of God shouldcharacterize everyunsaved person who liveseach day as an object ofGod’s wrath, it seldomdoes.
  126. 126. Paul’s concludingindictment of ungodlymankind was,"There is no fear of Godbefore their eyes"(Romans 3:18).
  127. 127. *The Christian has beendelivered from fear ofGod’s wrath (1 John 4:18).*But the Christian has notbeen delivered fromthe discipline of Godagainst his sinful conduct,
  128. 128. and in this sense he stillfears God.*He works out hissalvation with fear andtrembling (Philippians2:12); he lives his life as—a stranger here in reverent
  129. 129. fear (1 Peter 1:17).*For the child of God,however, the primarymeaning of the fear ofGod is veneration andhonor, reverence and awe.
  130. 130. *Murray says this fear isthe soul of godliness.*It is the attitude thatelicits from our heartsadoration and love,reverence and honor.
  131. 131. It focuses in awe not uponthe wrath of God butupon the majesty,holiness, andtranscendent glory ofGod.
  132. 132. The angelic beings ofIsaiah’s vision inchapter 6 demonstratedthis awe when, with twoof their wings, theycovered their faces in thepresence of the exalted
  133. 133. Lord.*We see this same awe inIsaiah himself and inPeter when they eachrealized they were in thepresence of a holy God.
  134. 134. We see it most vividly inthe reaction of the beloveddisciple John in Revelation 1:17, when hesaw his Master in all ofHis heavenly glory andmajesty, and fell at His
  135. 135. feet as though dead.*It is impossible to bedevoted to God if one’sheart is not filled with thefear of God.
  136. 136. It is this profound sense ofveneration and honor,reverence and awe thatdraws forth from ourhearts the worship andadoration thatcharacterizes true
  137. 137. devotion to God.*The reverent, godlyChristian sees God first inHis transcendent glory,majesty, and holinessbefore he sees Him in Hislove, mercy, and grace.
  138. 138. God wants us to first“seek His face”, to get toknow Him and notalways be seeking Hishand, to ask what He cando for us.
  139. 139. There is a healthy tensionthat exists in the godlyperson’s heart betweenthe reverential awe ofGod in his glory and thechildlike confidence inGod as heavenly Father.
  140. 140. Without this tension, aChristian’s filialconfidence can easilydegenerate intopresumption.
  141. 141. One of the more serioussins of Christians todaymay well be the almostflippant familiarity withwhich we often addressGod in prayer.
  142. 142. *None of the godly men ofthe Bible ever adopted thecasual manner we oftendo.*They always addressedGod with reverence.
  143. 143. The same writer who tellsus that we haveconfidence to enter theMost Holy Place, thethrone room of God, alsotells us that we shouldworship God acceptably
  144. 144. with reverence and awe,"for our God is aconsuming fire"(Hebrews 10:19 and Hebrews 12:28-29).
  145. 145. Paul, who tells us that theHoly Spirit dwellingwithin us causes us to cry"Abba Father," also tells usthat this same God lives in"unapproachable light"(Romans 8:15 and 1Tim 6).
  146. 146. In our day we must beginto recover a sense of aweand profound reverencefor God.
  147. 147. We must begin to viewHim once again in theinfinite majesty that alonebelongs to Him Who isthe Creator and SupremeRuler of the entireuniverse.
  148. 148. There is an infinite gap inworth and dignitybetween God the Creatorand man the creature,even though man hasbeen created in the imageof God.
  149. 149. The fear of God is aheartfelt recognition ofthis gap—not a put downof man, but an exaltationof God.
  150. 150. *Even the redeemed inheaven fear the Lord.*In Revelation 15:3-4, theysing triumphantly thesong of Moses the servantof God and the song of theLamb:
  151. 151. “Great and marvelous areYour deeds, Lord GodAlmighty.Just and true are Yourways, King of the ages.Who will not fear You, OLord, and bring glory to
  152. 152. Your name?For You alone are holy.All nations will comeand worship before You,for Your righteous actshave been revealed.” Revelation 15:3-4
  153. 153. Note the focus of theirveneration upon God’sattributes of power,justice, and holiness.
  154. 154. *No wonder, then, thatwith that day in viewPeter tells us to live holyand godly lives now.*God is in the process ofpreparing us for Heaven,to dwell with Him for
  155. 155. eternity.*So He desires that wegrow in both holiness andgodliness.*He wants us to be likeHim and to reverence andadore Him for all eternity.
  156. 156. *We must be learning todo this now.*In our day we seem tohave magnified the loveof God almost to theexclusion of the fear ofGod.
  157. 157. Because of thispreoccupation we are nothonoring God andreverencing Him as weshould.
  158. 158. We should magnify thelove of God;but although we revel inHis love and mercy, wemust never lose sight ofHis majesty and Hisholiness.
  159. 159. Not only will a rightconcept of the fear of Godcause us to worship Godaright, it will also regulateour conduct.
  160. 160. *As John Murray says,"What or whom weworship determines ourbehavior."*Albert N. Martin has saidthat the essentialingredients of
  161. 161. the fear of God are:(1) correct concepts of God’s character,(2) a pervasive sense of God’s presence, and(3) a constant awareness of our obligation to God.
  162. 162. If we have somecomprehension of God’sinfinite holiness and Hishatred of sin, coupledwith this pervasive senseof God’s presence in all ofour actions and thoughts,
  163. 163. then such a fear of Godmust influence andregulate our conduct.“The beginning ofwisdom is to learn thefear of the Lord.”Proverbs 9:10
  164. 164. The fear of God shouldprovide a primarymotivation for, as well asresult in, obedience toHim.
  165. 165. *If we truly reverence Godwe will obey Him, sinceevery act of disobedience isan affront to His dignityand majesty.*John 14:21 Obedience =love,
  166. 166. Gripped By Gods LoveOnly the God-fearingChristian can trulyappreciate the love ofGod.
  167. 167. He sees the infinite gulfbetween a holy God and asinful creature, and thelove that bridged that gulfthrough the death of theLord Jesus Christ.
  168. 168. God’s love for us is many-faceted, but He supremelydemonstrated it bysending His Son to die forour sins.
  169. 169. All other aspects of Hislove are secondary, and infact are made possible forus through the death ofChrist.
  170. 170. The apostle John says,"God is love" (1 John 4:8).And he explains, "This ishow God showed His loveamong us: He sent His oneand only Son into theworld that we might live
  171. 171. through Him. This is love:not that we loved God,but that He loved us andsent His Son as an atoningsacrifice for our sins"(1 John 4:9-10).
  172. 172. *The love of God has nomeaning apart fromCalvary.*And Calvary has nomeaning apart from theholy and just wrath ofGod.
  173. 173. Jesus did not die just togive us peace and apurpose in life; He died tosave us from the wrath ofGod.
  174. 174. He died to reconcile us toa holy God Who wasalienated from us becauseof our sin.
  175. 175. He died to ransom usfrom the penalty of sin—the punishment ofeverlasting destruction,and of being shut outfrom the presence of theLord.
  176. 176. He died that we, the justobjects of God’s wrath,should become, by Hisgrace, heirs of God andco-heirs with Christ.
  177. 177. How much we appreciateGod’s love is conditionedby how deeply we fearHim.
  178. 178. The more we see God inHis infinite majesty,holiness, andtranscendent glory, themore we will gaze withwonder and amazementupon His love poured out
  179. 179. at Calvary.*But it is also true that themore deeply we perceiveGod’s love to us in Christ,the more profound will beour reverence and awe ofHim.
  180. 180. The psalmist caught thistruth when he said,"If you,O Lord, kept a record ofsins, O Lord, who couldstand? But with You thereis forgiveness; thereforeyou are feared"(Ps130:3-4).
  181. 181. *He worshiped God withreverence and awebecause of God’sforgiveness.*In our practice ofgodliness, then, we mustseek to grow both in the
  182. 182. fear of God and in anever-increasingcomprehension of the loveof God.*These two elementstogether form thefoundation of our
  183. 183. devotion to God.
  184. 184. This awareness of God’slove for us in Christ mustbe personalized in order forit to become one of thesolid foundational cornersof our "triangle ofdevotion" to God.
  185. 185. *It is not enough tobelieve that God loved theworld.*I must be gripped by therealization that God lovesme, a specific person.
  186. 186. It is this awareness of Hisindividual love thatdraws out our hearts indevotion to Him.
  187. 187. *Our awareness of God’slove for us must also beconstantly growing.*As we mature in ourChristian lives we areincreasingly aware ofGod’s holiness and our
  188. 188. own sinfulness.*In Paul’s first letter toTimothy he reflects uponGod’s mercy inappointing him to theGospel ministry.
  189. 189. *Paul recalls that he oncewas a blasphemer and apersecutor and a violentman.*This description nolonger applies to Paul; it isall past tense.
  190. 190. But as he continues toreflect upon the grace ofGod, he slips, almostunconsciously it seems,into the present tense ofhis experience:
  191. 191. "Christ Jesus came intothe world to save sinners—of whom I am theworst"(1 Timothy 1:15).
  192. 192. *He is no longer thinkingabout his past as apersecutor of Christ.*Now he is thinking abouthis present dailyexperience as a believerwho falls short of the will
  193. 193. of God for him.*He doesnt think aboutother Christians, whomwe know were waybehind Paul in theirdevotion to God and theirattainment of godly
  194. 194. character.*Paul never wastes timetrying to feel good abouthimself by comparinghimself favorably withless mature Christians.
  195. 195. He compares himself withGod’s standard, and heconsequently sees himselfas the worst of sinners.
  196. 196. Through this presentsense of his sinfulnessPaul sees God’s love forhim.
  197. 197. The more he grows in hisknowledge of God’sperfect will, the more hesees his own sinfulness,and the more hecomprehends God’s lovein sending Christ to die
  198. 198. for him.*And the more he seesGod’s love, the more hisheart reaches out inadoring devotion to theOne who loved him so.
  199. 199. If God’s love for us is tobe a solid foundationstone of devotion, wemust realize that His loveis entirely of grace—that itrests completely upon thework of Jesus Christ and
  200. 200. flows to us through ourunion with Him.
  201. 201. *Because of this basis Hislove can never change,regardless of what we do.*In our daily experience,we have all sorts ofspiritual ups and downs -sin, failure,
  202. 202. discouragement, all ofwhich tend to make usquestion God’s love.*That is because we keepthinking that God’s love issomehow conditional.
  203. 203. We are afraid to believeHis love is based entirelyupon the finished work ofChrist for us.
  204. 204. Deep down in our soulswe must get hold of thewonderful truth that ourspiritual failures do notaffect God’s love for usone iota—that His love forus does not fluctuate
  205. 205. according to ourexperience.
  206. 206. We must be gripped bythe truth that we areaccepted by God andloved by God for the solereason that we are unitedto His beloved Son.
  207. 207. As the King James Versiontranslates Ephesians 1:6,“He hath made usaccepted in the Beloved."
  208. 208. Does this apprehension ofGod’s personal,unconditional love for usin Christ lead to carelessliving?Not at all.
  209. 209. Rather, such an awarenessof His love stimulates inus an increased devotionto Him.
  210. 210. And this devotion isactive; it is not just awarm, affectionate feelingtoward God.
  211. 211. Paul testified that Christ’slove for us compelled himto live not for himself, butfor Him Who died for usand rose again(2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
  212. 212. *The word for "compel"which Paul used is a verystrong verb.*It means to press in on allsides and to impel or forceone to a certain course ofaction.
  213. 213. Probably not manyChristians can identifywith Paul in this depth ofhis motivation, but thissurely should be our goal.
  214. 214. This is the constrainingforce God’s love isintended to have upon us.
  215. 215. So we see that devotion toGod begins with the fearof God—with a Biblicalview of His majesty andholiness that elicits areverence and awe ofHim.
  216. 216. And then we see that thefear of God leadsnaturally to anapprehension of the loveof God for us as shown inthe atoning death of JesusChrist.
  217. 217. As we contemplate Godmore and more in Hismajesty, holiness, andlove, we will beprogressively led to theapex of the triangle ofdevotion—the desire for
  218. 218. God Himself.
  219. 219. A Thirst For GodTrue godliness engagesour affections andawakens within us adesire to enjoy God’spresence and fellowship.
  220. 220. It produces a longing forGod Himself.
  221. 221. The writer of Psalm42 vividly expressed thislonging when heexclaimed, "As the deerpants for streams of water,so my soul pants for you,O God. My soul thirsts for
  222. 222. God, for the living God.When can I go and I meetwith God?"*What could be moreintense than a hunteddeer’s thirst for water?
  223. 223. The psalmist does nothesitate to use this pictureto illustrate the intensityof his own desire forGod’s presence andfellowship.
  224. 224. You are as close to God asyou want to be and yourtime here on earth provesto Him how close youwant to be to Him ineternity.
  225. 225. David also expresses thisintense desire for God:"One thing I ask of theLord, this is what I seek:that I may dwell in thehouse of the Lord all thedays of my life, to gaze
  226. 226. upon the beauty of theLord and to seek Him inhis temple" (Psalm 27:4).*David yearned intenselyfor God Himself that hemight enjoy His presenceand His beauty.
  227. 227. Since God is a spirit, Hisbeauty obviously refersnot to a physicalappearance but to Hisattributes.
  228. 228. *David enjoyed dwellingupon the majesty andgreatness, the holinessand goodness of God.*But David did more thancontemplate the beauty ofGod’s attributes.
  229. 229. He sought God Himself,for elsewhere he says,"Earnestly I seek You; mysoul thirsts for You, mybody longs for You"(Psalm 63:1).
  230. 230. The apostle Paul alsoexperienced this longingfor God: "I want to know Christ"(Philippians 3:10).
  231. 231. The Amplified Bible forcefully catches theintensity of Paul’s desirein this passage:"For my determinedpurpose is that I mayknow Him—that I may
  232. 232. progressively becomemore deeply andintimately acquaintedwith Him, perceiving andrecognizing andunderstanding thewonders of His Person
  233. 233. more strongly and moreclearly."
  234. 234. *This is the heartbeat ofthe godly person.*As he contemplates Godin the awesomeness of Hisinfinite majesty, power,and holiness, and then ashe dwells upon the riches
  235. 235. of God’s mercy and gracepoured out at Calvary, hisheart is captivated by thisOne Who could love himso.
  236. 236. *He is satisfied with Godalone, but he is neversatisfied with his presentexperience of God.*He always yearns formore.
  237. 237. *Perhaps this idea of adesire for God soundsstrange to manyChristians today.*We understand thethought of serving God, ofbeing busy in His work.
  238. 238. *We may even have a"quiet time" when we readthe Bible and pray.*But the idea of longingfor God Himself, ofwanting to deeply enjoyHis fellowship and His
  239. 239. presence, may seem a bittoo mystical, almostbordering on fanaticism.*We prefer ourChristianity to be morepractical.
  240. 240. *Yet who could be morepractical than Paul?*Who was more involvedin the struggles of dailyliving than David?
  241. 241. Still, with all theirresponsibilities, both Pauland David yearned toexperience morefellowship with the livingGod.
  242. 242. The Bible indicates thatthis is God’s plan for us,from its earliest pagesright through to the end.
  243. 243. In the third chapter ofGenesis, God walks in thegarden, calling out forAdam that He might havefellowship with him.
  244. 244. In Revelation 21, whenJohn sees the vision of thenew Jerusalem comingdown from heaven, hehears the voice of God say,"Now the dwelling of Godis with men, and He will
  245. 245. live with them" (verse 3).*For all of eternity Godplans to have fellowshipwith His people.
  246. 246. Today, Jesus still says tous as He did to the churchat Laodicea,"Here I am! I stand at thedoor and knock. If anyonehears My voice and opensthe door, I will come in
  247. 247. and eat with him, and hewith Me"(Revelation 3:20).
  248. 248. In the culture of John’sday, to share a mealmeant to have fellowship,so Jesus is inviting us toopen our hearts to Himthat we may fellowshipwith Him.
  249. 249. He desires that we cometo know Him better;therefore, the desire andyearning for God issomething that He plantswithin our hearts.
  250. 250. PRAYER“Father, give me thedesire to want to be closeto You and change thosedesires into action.”
  251. 251. *In the life of the godlyperson, this desire forGod produces an aura ofwarmth.*Godliness is neveraustere and cold.
  252. 252. Such an idea comes froma false sense of legalisticmorality that iserroneously calledgodliness.
  253. 253. The person who spendstime with God reflects Hisglory in a manner that isalways warm andinviting, never cold andforbidding.
  254. 254. This longing for God alsoproduces a desire toglorify God and to pleaseHim.
  255. 255. *In the same breath, Paulexpresses the desire toknow Christ as well as tobe like Him.*This is God’s ultimateobjective for us and is theobject of the Spirit’s work
  256. 256. in us.In Isaiah 26:9, the prophetproclaims his desire forthe Lord in words verysimilar to the psalmist’s:"My soul yearns for Youin the night; in the
  257. 257. morning my spirit longsfor You."
  258. 258. Note that immediatelybefore this expression ofdesire for the Lord, Isaiahexpresses a desire forGod’s glory: “Your nameand renown are the desireof our hearts” (verse 8).
  259. 259. Renown has to do withone’s reputation, fame,and eminence—or inGod’s case, with Hisglory.
  260. 260. *The prophet could notseparate in his heart hisdesire for God’s glory andhis desire for GodHimself.*These two yearnings gohand in hand.
  261. 261. This is devotion to God—the fear of God, which isan attitude of reverenceand awe, veneration andhonor toward Him,coupled with anapprehension deep within
  262. 262. our souls of the love ofGod for us, demonstratedpreeminently in theatoning death of Christ.
  263. 263. These two attitudescomplement and reinforceeach other, producingwithin our souls an intensedesire for this One Who isso awesome in His gloryand majesty, and yet
  264. 264. so superior in Hisunconditional love andmercy.
  265. 265. From "Value for AllThings" and "Devotion toGod" in The Practice ofGodliness by Jerry Bridges(NavPress, 1983).
  266. 266. What is Godliness?Study By: Jerry BridgesArticle contributedby NavPressVisit NavPress website
  267. 267. Every follower of Christ ispart of a royal priesthood– all believers areministers and eachChristian has been calledto ministry!
  268. 268. While “the world” judgesa ministry by its ownstandards, none of thosecriteria are Biblically validfor assessing the ministryof a believer.
  269. 269. What a follower of Christis on his knees in secretbefore God Almighty, thathe is and no more said thePuritan genius JohnOwen.
  270. 270. *The true criteria bywhich a believer andhis/her ministry must beevaluated are found in theNew Testament.*In 1 Timothy 4:6-16, Paulsummarizes those criteria.
  271. 271. The criteria found in 1Timothy 4 form thestandard by which everyministry is to bemeasured.
  272. 272. The following commentsare from:The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
  273. 273. Wiersbes ExpositoryOutlines on the NewTestament. Copyright ©1992 by Chariot VictorPublishing, an imprint ofCook CommunicationMinistries.
  274. 274. *J. Vernon McGees ThruThe Bible*Barclays Daily StudyBible (NT)
  275. 275. AN EXCELLENTMINISTER IS, ABOVEALL, A SERVANT“you will be a goodservant of Christ Jesus,” 1 Timothy 4:6b NASB
  276. 276. *Good (Kalos) could alsobe translated "excellent.“*Servant (diakonos) isused in the sense of itsmore general usage ofanyone who serves in anyministry on Christs behalf.
  277. 277. Those who serve Christ,those who are bond slavesto Christ, are called toexcellence in theirusefulness to His cause.
  278. 278. Colossians 3:22-2422 “Slaves, in all thingsobey those who are yourmasters on earth, notwith external service, asthose who merely pleasemen, but with sincerity of
  279. 279. heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, doyour work heartily, as forthe Lord rather than formen, 24 knowing that from theLord you will receive the
  280. 280. reward of the inheritance.It is the Lord Christ whomyou serve.” Colossians 3:22-24
  281. 281. Having discussed theinevitability of falseteachers in 4:1-5, Paulnow instructs Timothy inhow to be, and to evaluatethose suited to be, aneffective minister of the
  282. 282. Lord in the face ofdemonic opposition.*In so doing, Paul focusesmostly on the positivetraits that shouldcharacterize an excellentministry.
  283. 283. The way to defeat falsedoctrine is not only bydenouncing and refutingit, but also by positivelyteaching and living thetruth.
  284. 284. The primary focus of theministry is to be positive,to build up the people ofGod, becausesanctification is more thanavoiding error, it is beingbuilt up with truth.
  285. 285. So Paul calls Timothy tobe an excellent servant ofJesus Christ, and to set astandard of virtue in faith,devotion, and conductthat others can follow.
  286. 286. By so doing, people willbe delivered from heresyand will be focused on thepositive truth that makesthem spiritually strong.
  287. 287. In 4:6-16, Paul directsTimothy to consider hisresponsibilities byexhibiting eleven qualitiesthat are to characterize theministry of an excellentservant of Jesus Christ.
  288. 288. AN EXCELLENTMINISTER WARNS HISPEOPLE OF ERROR“In pointing out thesethings to the brethren,” 1 Timothy 4:6a NASB
  289. 289. *While the ministry is notto be dominated by anegative attitude, thatdoes not mean there is noplace for warning.*It is an essential elementof the ministry.
  290. 290. This passage is close—packed with practicaladvice, not only forTimothy, but for anyservant of the Churchwho is charged with theduty of work and
  291. 291. leadership.(i) It tells us how toinstruct others. The wordused for laying thesethings before the brothersis most suggestive(hupotithesthai).
  292. 292. It does not mean to issueorders but rather toadvise, to suggest.It is a gentle, humble, andmodest word.It means that the teachermust never dogmatically
  293. 293. and pugnaciously laydown the law.It means that he must actrather as if he wasreminding men of whatthey already knew orsuggesting to them, not
  294. 294. that they should learnfrom him, but that theyshould discover fromtheir own hearts what isright.
  295. 295. Guidance given ingentleness will always bemore effective thanbullying instructions laiddown with force. Menmay be led when they willrefuse to be driven.
  296. 296. Hupotithemi (pointingout) is a mild verb,meaning "to remind," or"to suggest."*It could literally betranslated, "to lay before."
  297. 297. *The verb does not havethe idea of commandingpeople or forcingobedience.*Rather, it refers to gentle,humble persuasion.
  298. 298. The present tense of theparticiple indicatesTimothy was to becontinually warning hispeople.
  299. 299. *That was a recurringtheme in Pauls ministry.*In Acts 20:29-32, hewarned the Ephesianelders of the errors thatwere to come.
  300. 300. *He did not, however,give an exhaustiveexposition of those errors.*Instead, he focused onthe positive aspect ofbuilding up their faiththrough Gods Word.
  301. 301. Having that strongfoundation, they wouldbe able to handle any kindof error when it came.*The first thing theytaught us in dental schoolwas what is healthy.
  302. 302. *The way a teller is taughtto recognize a counterfeitbill is by first teachingthem what the real thinglooks like.*Know the Truth and youwill recognize error.
  303. 303. *These things are thosePaul warned of in 4:1-5.*Timothy is to warn of thedanger of all features ofun-biblical, demonicdoctrine purveyed byfalse teachers.
  304. 304. *The people he is to warnare the brethren, Godspeople.*Believers are not to be"children, tossed here andthere by waves, andcarried about by every
  305. 305. wind of doctrine, by thetrickery of men, bycraftiness in deceitfulscheming" (Eph 4:14).*He is to remind themthat the way to deal withsatanic false teaching is to
  306. 306. be strong in the Word(1 John 2:14).
  307. 307. 1 John 2:14Holman ChristianStandard Bible (HCSB)14  “I have written to you,children, because youhave come to know theFather.
  308. 308. I have written to you,fathers, because you havecome to know the OneWho is from thebeginning.I have written to you,young men, because you
  309. 309. are strong, God’s wordremains in you, and youhave had victory over theevil one.” 1 John 2:14 HCSB
  310. 310. *In 2 Timothy 4:1-5, Paulgave the followingexhortation to Timothy:
  311. 311. “I solemnly charge you inthe presence of God andof Christ Jesus, Who is tojudge the living and thedead, and by Hisappearing and Hiskingdom: preach the
  312. 312. word; be ready in seasonand out of season;reprove, rebuke, exhort,with great patience andinstruction. For the timewill come when they willnot endure sound
  313. 313. doctrine; but wanting tohave their ears tickled,they will accumulate forthemselves teachers inaccordance to their owndesires; and will turnaway their ears from the
  314. 314. truth, and will turn asideto myths. But you, besober in all things, endurehardship, do the work ofan evangelist, fulfill yourministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5
  315. 315. *A man of God mustdevelop and preachstrong convictions.*He must continuallywarn his people of erroras the need arises.
  316. 316. *He is the protector of hisflock.*A man of God mustdevelop and preachstrong convictions.
  317. 317. *He must continuallywarn his people of erroras the need arises.*So many pastors havefailed to draw the lineclearly between truth anderror and build their
  318. 318. people up in the rich andsound doctrine of GodsWord.*Such weak preachers areoften said to compensateby having what some calla "pastors heart."
  319. 319. A pastors heart, however,is not measured by howgood a man is at pettingsheep, but by how well heprotects them fromwolves and feeds them sothey grow to be mature
  320. 320. and strong.
  321. 321. AN EXCELLENTMINISTER IS ANEXPERT STUDENT OFSCRIPTURE“constantly nourished onthe words of the faith andof the sound doctrine
  322. 322. which you have beenfollowing.” (1 Timothy4:6c)*This quality is basic toexcellence in ministry, butis sadly lacking in thechurch today.
  323. 323. "The Word of God andprayer" (v. 5) settle thematter. God, in His Word,has declared that all foodsare clean (Gen 1:29-31; 9:3;Mark 7:14-23; 1 Cor 10:23-
  324. 324. 26; Acts 10:1); andthrough prayer, theChristian thanks God anddedicates the food to Hisglory (1 Cor 10:31).
  325. 325. The pastor must teachthese things to his people,nourishing them andhimself on "healthy"(sound) doctrine; seenotes on 1:10.
  326. 326. A good minister will feedon the Word that he mightbe able to feed others.
  327. 327. 1 Timothy 4:6 KJV"Nourished up in thewords of faith and ofgood doctrine” -- this ishow the believer is togrow in the Word of God.
  328. 328. We are not to go off ontangents about diet orsome other aestheticprogram as if it wouldcommend us to God.
  329. 329. Instead our diet is to be"nourished up in thewords of faith and ofgood doctrine.“ 4:6
  330. 330. Much contemporarypreaching is weak andproduces weak churchesbecause it reflects a lack ofBiblical knowledge, and aminimal commitment tothe study of Scripture.
  331. 331. It tells us how to face thetask of teaching.Timothy is told that hemust feed his life on thewords of faith.No man can give outwithout taking in.
  332. 332. He who would teach mustbe continually learning.It is the reverse of thetruth that when a manbecomes a teacher heceases to be a learner;
  333. 333. he must daily know JesusChrist better before he canbring him to others.
  334. 334. *For many pastors, studyis an unwelcome intrusioninto their schedule.*It interrupts the routineof administrative tasksand meetings with whichthey occupy themselves.
  335. 335. They study only enoughto make a sermon, not tofeed their own hearts andthink deeply and carefullyon divine truth.
  336. 336. The result is impotentsermons that fall on hardhearts and have littleimpact.
  337. 337. *It is to that expert studyof Scripture that Paulcalled Timothy.*The translationconstantly nourishedreflects the present tenseof the participle.
  338. 338. *The continual experienceof being nourished on thetruths of Gods word isessential.*An excellent ministermust read the Word,study it, meditate on it,
  339. 339. and master its contents.*Only then can he be"approved to God as aworkman who does notneed to be ashamed,handling accurately theword of truth" 2 Tim 2:15.
  340. 340. BIBLE MATHEMATICSWe are not to add to theBible,nor to subtract from itbut to rightly divide it!
  341. 341. *The phrase the words ofthe faith reflects the bodyof Christian truthcontained in Scripture.*If the Word is "inspiredby God and profitable forteaching, for reproof, for
  342. 342. correction, for training inrighteousness; that theman of God may beadequate, equipped forevery good work" (2 Tim3:16-17), a minister mustknow it.
  343. 343. The issue is not how gooda communicator a man is,or how well he knows theculture and the currentissues, or even how wellhe knows the particularvicissitudes of his flock.
  344. 344. The issue is how well heknows the Word of God,since Gods revelationperfectly assesses allissues in every time andevery life and addressesthem with the divine will.
  345. 345. It is through knowledgeof the Word that thepastor fulfills his callingto lead his people throughspiritual growth toChristlikeness(1 Peter 2:2).
  346. 346. 1 Peter 2:2 HCSB2  “Like newborn infants,desire the pure spiritualmilk, so that you maygrow by it for yoursalvation,”
  347. 347. Sound doctrine is thatteaching which is firmlyrooted in and yieldedfrom the properinterpretation ofScripture, not humansystems of theological or
  348. 348. philosophicalspeculations.*Exegetical theology mustbe the foundation ofBiblical and systematictheology.
  349. 349. An excellent ministermust be knowledgeable ofBiblical truth, both itsdepth and breadth.
  350. 350. *An excellent ministermust be an excellentstudent of Scripture.*He cannot give out whathe does not take in.
  351. 351. AN EXCELLENTMINISTER AVOIDS THEINFLUENCE OF UNHOLYTEACHING“But have nothing to dowith worldly fables fit onlyfor old women.” 1 Timothy 4:7a
  352. 352. This verse tells us what toavoid.Timothy is to avoidprofitless tales like thosewhich old women tell tochildren.
  353. 353. It is easy to get lost inside-issues and to getentangled in things whichare at best embroideries.It is on the great centraltruths that a man mustever feed his mind and
  354. 354. nourish his faith.
  355. 355. *The flip side of beingstrong in the Word isavoiding false teaching.*An excellent ministerwho is committed to thestudy of Scripture iscorrespondingly
  356. 356. uninterested in andunwilling to have hisstrength dissipated byungodly teaching.
  357. 357. *Paraiteomai (havenothing to do with) is astrong word, meaning"reject," or "put away"(2 Tim 2:23; Titus 3:10).
  358. 358. Worldly translates bebelos,a word that describes whatis radically separate fromwhat is holy. It could betranslated "unhallowed,"and refers to anything that
  359. 359. contradicts the Word ofGod.*Fables translates muthos,from which our Englishword "myth" derives.
  360. 360. *Such fables are theopposite of Biblical truth(cf. 2 Tim 4:4).*Paul sarcasticallydescribes them as fit onlyfor old women.
  361. 361. Women were not usuallyallowed the educationalopportunity men had, sothis phrase comes fromsuch a situation.
  362. 362. That epithet wascommonly used inphilosophical circles as aterm of disdain for aviewpoint lackingcredibility and thusappealing only to
  363. 363. uneducated,unsophisticated, andperhaps senile matrons.*No intelligent manwould hear it at all.
  364. 364. *The Ephesians wouldhave understood Paulsuse of the phrase.*The mind is a preciousthing, and God expectsthose in leadership tohave a pure mind, one
  365. 365. saturated with His Word.*There is no place forfoolish, silly myths thatare in reality the doctrinesof demons.
  366. 366. The excellent ministermaintains his convictionand his clarity of mind byexposing himself to theWord of God not todemonic lies that assaultthe Bible.
  367. 367. Under the guise ofadvanced theologicaleducation and academicerudition, many a manslove of the truth has beendestroyed, and a onceclear mind has been
  368. 368. hopelessly muddled.
  369. 369. AN EXCELLENTMINISTER DISCIPLINESHIMSELF FORGODLINESS“On the other hand,discipline yourself for thepurpose of godliness;
  370. 370. for bodily discipline isonly of little profit, butgodliness is profitable forall things, since it holdspromise for the presentlife and also for the life tocome.
  371. 371. It is a trustworthystatement deserving fullacceptance.” 1 Timothy 4:7b-9
  372. 372. A Godly Minister:Practicing the Word (4:7-12)Just as "healthy" doctrinewill promote spiritualhealth, so the foolish andsilly myths of false
  373. 373. teachers will producespiritual sickness.*Spiritual food andspiritual exercise are ahappy combination!
  374. 374. It is suggested thatTimothy was leaningtoward asceticism, thedisciplining of the body;and that Paul is hereteaching him toemphasize spiritual
  375. 375. disciplines and exercisesmore than physical.
  376. 376. If some Christians wouldput as much energy andenthusiasm into spiritualthings as they do athleticsand body-building, howmuch stronger they andtheir churches would be!
  377. 377. "Bodily exercise profits fora little time," Paul admits,"but spiritual exercise -practicing the Word ofGod - is profitable for thislife and the life to come"(v. 8). See Heb 4:14.
  378. 378. The Christian, andespecially the pastor,must practice the Word ofGod and be known forgodliness (god-likeness).
  379. 379. This may mean carryingburdens and bearingsuffering (v. 10), but it isworth it.
  380. 380. Even young people can beexamples of the faith, asPaul admonishes in v. 12:in word, in behavior(conversation), in love, inspirit (enthusiasm), faith(faithfulness), and purity.
  381. 381. This passage tells us whatto seek.Timothy is told that as anathlete trains his body, sothe Christian must trainhis soul.
  382. 382. It is not that bodily fitnessis despised.The Christian faithbelieves that the body isthe temple of the HolySpirit.
  383. 383. But there are certainthings in Pauls mind.First, in the ancient world,especially in Greece, thegymnasia were dangerousplaces.
  384. 384. Every town had itsgymnasium; for the Greekyouth between the ages ofsixteen and eighteen,gymnastics were the mainpart of education.
  385. 385. But the ancient world wasriddled withhomosexuality and thegymnasia were notoriousas hotbeds of thatparticular sin.
  386. 386. Second, Paul is pleadingfor a sense of proportion.Physical training is good,and even essential; but itsuse is limited.It develops only part of aman; and it produces only
  387. 387. results which last for soshort a time, for the bodypasses away.Training in godlinessdevelops the whole manin body, mind and spirit,and its results affect not
  388. 388. only time, but eternity aswell.The Christian is not theathlete of the gymnasium,he is the athlete of God.The greatest of the Greekswell recognized this.
  389. 389. Isocrates wrote: "Noascetic ought to train hisbody as a king ought totrain his soul.""Train yourself bysubmitting willingly totoils, so that when they
  390. 390. come on you unwillinglyyou will be able to endurethem."
  391. 391. This shows us the basis ofthe whole matter.No one has ever claimedthat the Christian life is aneasy way; but its goal isGod.
  392. 392. It is because life is lived inthe presence of God andends in His still nearerpresence, that theChristian is willing toendure as he does.
  393. 393. The greatness of the goalmakes the toil worthwhile.—Barclays Daily StudyBible (NT)
  394. 394. *"For bodily exerciseprofiteth little." There arethose who believe thatPaul is downgradingphysical exercise.*I dont understand it thatway at all.
  395. 395. *Paul spent about threeyears in Ephesus wherethere was a great coliseumin which the OlympicGames were held at times.*The coliseum seated100,000 people, and foot
  396. 396. races were often heldthere.*Paul uses the figure ofthe race and compares itto the Christian life andwalk in1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
  397. 397. *Paul knew somethingabout exercise.*I stood in the city ofSardis one time andobserved the Roman roadthat was being excavatedto the east and the west of
  398. 398. that city.*Paul walked that roadnineteen hundred yearsago, preaching the Gospelof Christ.*He didnt travel in a busor in an automobile.
  399. 399. *He didnt ride a horse oreven a donkey.*Paul walked there, and ittook a rugged individualto cover the ground thathe covered throughoutthe Roman Empire.
  400. 400. *He may not have donemuch jogging, but he dida great deal of walking.*Pauls emphasis ongodliness rather than onphysical exercise isbecause the Ephesians
  401. 401. were a people given overto games and athletics.*We are also that kind of anation.*Many of our cities havecoliseums where greatspectacles are conducted,
  402. 402. and many believers putmore emphasis onathletics than they do onthe things of God.*There are church officerswho spend more timeduring the summer in the
  403. 403. ball park than they spendin prayer meetings.*Paul is not saying bodilyexercise is wrong.*He is saying, "Lets holdthings in correctperspective."
  404. 404. *"But godliness isprofitable unto all things,having promise of the lifethat now is, and of thatwhich is to come."*Bodily exercise will helpyou only in this life,
  405. 405. because when you get anew body it wont makeany difference whetheryouve exercised this oneor not.
  406. 406. *"But godliness isprofitable unto all things."*Those who argue that aChristian can fall into sinand can always come backto God on easy terms areright.
  407. 407. *But, my friend, a godlylife pays off not onlydown here, it will pay offin eternity.*The Prodigal Son lost agreat deal by going to thefar country, and any
  408. 408. Christian who lives acareless life rather than agodly life will find thateven in eternity he willpay for it.
  409. 409. *Are you as anxious aboutgodliness as you are aboutphysical exercise, aboutathletic events?*The physical ends at theend of this life, butgodliness is carried over
  410. 410. into the next.
  411. 411. There is no effectivespiritual ministry apartfrom personal godliness,since ministry is theoverflow of a godly life.
  412. 412. J. Oswald Sanders wrote,"Spiritual ends can beachieved only by spiritualmen who employ spiritualmethods"(Spiritual Leadership, 40).
  413. 413. Spurgeon described in thefollowing words theminister who, lackinggodliness in his own life,would seek to lead othersto it:“A graceless pastor is a
  414. 414. blind man elected to aprofessorship of optics,philosophising upon lightand vision, discoursingupon and distinguishingto others the nice shadesand delicate blendings of
  415. 415. 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
  416. 416. harmonies! He is a moleprofessing to educateeagles; a limpet elected topreside over angels.”(Lectures to My Students,first series, Grand Rapids:Baker, 1980, 4)
  417. 417. Discipline is fromgumnazo, from which ourEnglish words"gymnasium" and"gymnastics" derive.
  418. 418. It means "to train," or"to exercise."The word speaks of therigorous, strenuous,self-sacrificing training anathlete undergoes.
  419. 419. *Every Greek city had itsgymnasium, and Ephesuswas no exception.*Youths customarily spentmuch of their time fromages sixteen to eighteen inphysical training.
  420. 420. *That was vital, since lifein those days involvedmuch physical activity.*There was a greatemphasis on physicaltraining and the glory ofwinning athletic events.
  421. 421. *By using gumnazo, Paulplays off that culturalphenomenon and appliesit to the spiritual realm.*As Greek cultureemphasized dedicatedtraining of the body, Paul
  422. 422. urged Timothy todiscipline himself for thepurpose of godliness.*The present tense of theverb indicates that was tobe Timothys constantpursuit.
  423. 423. *Timothy was to train hisinner man for godliness.*Eusebeia (godliness)expresses the reality ofreverence, piety, and truespiritual virtue.
  424. 424. Godliness is a rightattitude and responsetoward the true CreatorGod; a preoccupationfrom the heart with holyand sacred realities.
  425. 425. *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.
  426. 426. 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.
  427. 427. 2 Peter 1:3 says thatgodliness comes fromChrist, while 1 Tim 6:11balances that by teachingthat believers must pursueit.
  428. 428. *According to Acts 3:12 itbrings power, while 2 Tim3:12 indicates it bringstrouble.*1 Tim 6:5-6 says that itbrings eternal blessings.
  429. 429. Godliness is the heart andsoul of Christiancharacter, and the aim ofChristian living(1 Tim 2:2; 2 Peter 3:11).
  430. 430. *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?
  431. 431. 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
  432. 432. 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,
  433. 433. after I have preached toothers, I myself should bedisqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
  434. 434. In 2 Corinthians 7:1 heexhorted us to "cleanseourselves from alldefilement of flesh andspirit, perfecting holinessin the fear of God."
  435. 435. 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
  436. 436. 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
  437. 437. rules.” 2 Timothy 2:3-5
  438. 438. *Here Paul likens spiritualdiscipline to that requiredof a soldier and an athlete.*Such discipline isnecessary for victory inwar, or in the games.
  439. 439. The lack of spiritualdiscipline is the primaryreason so many spiritualleaders fall into sin.
  440. 440. They fail to spend timecultivating the means ofgrace, in the Word, inprayer, and in self-sacrificial service.
  441. 441. *An excellent minister isto pursue godliness, notsuccess (cf. 1 Tim 1:5; 2:8;3:2,10; 6:11; 2 Tim 2:1,21-22).
  442. 442. He will one day hear fromthe Lord, "Well done,good and faithful slave"(Matt 25:21).
  443. 443. *In Pauls day, as in ourown, there was a greatemphasis on bodilydiscipline.*While helpful, suchdiscipline is only of littleprofit.
  444. 444. *Paul is showing that it islimited both in extent andduration.*Bodily discipline affectsonly the physical bodyduring this earthly life.
  445. 445. On the other hand,godliness is profitable forall things, since it holdspromise for the presentlife and also for the life tocome.
  446. 446. Unlike bodily discipline,godliness is profitable forthe soul as well as thebody.
  447. 447. Its positive effects are alsonot limited to this life,because it holds promisefor the present life andalso for the life to come.
  448. 448. Cultivating godliness willbring benefits in thepresent life (cf. Prov 3:7-8), but it will primarilybring blessedness for alleternity.
  449. 449. So axiomatic is the truthof verse 8 that Paul calls ita trustworthy statementdeserving full acceptance.
  450. 450. “This is a faithful sayingand worthy of allacceptation” (1Tim. 4:9).*Paul is emphasizing thepoint he has just made.*In other words, he says,"Heres something you
  451. 451. can count on."*You could count on it inthe first century inEphesus, and you cancount on it in Jackson,Mississippi in the twentyfirst century.
  452. 452. And we can count on it inthe twenty-first century, ifwe make it that far.
  453. 453. As noted in chapter 3 ofthis volume, atrustworthy statement is aself-evident, obviousstatement.
  454. 454. It is something so patentlyclear that everyoneacknowledges it. Thisaffirmation refers back toverse 8, not ahead to thecomment in verse 10.
  455. 455. It is axiomatic thatbelievers are to bedisciplining themselvesfor godliness because ofits eternal value.
  456. 456. Godliness, not fame,popularity, or reputation,is the pursuit of theexcellent minister, whomust be an example ofspiritual virtue to hisflock.
  457. 457. He must apply all themeans of grace as heendeavors to be able tosay, as did Paul, "Beimitators of me, just as Ialso am of Christ " (1 Cor11:1).
  458. 458. AN EXCELLENTMINISTER ISCOMMITTED TO HARDWORK1 Timothy 4:10
  459. 459. “For it is for this we laborand strive, because wehave fixed our hope onthe living God, Who is theSavior of all men,especially of believers.” 1 Timothy 4:10
  460. 460. "For therefore we bothlabour and sufferreproach."*If you stand for JesusChrist today it will costyou something. There isno question about that.
  461. 461. *What Scripture does sayis that He is the Savior ofall men.*Whoever you are, Hesyour Savior and Hes theonly Savior.
  462. 462. "Specially of those thatbelieve."*He is the Savior of allmen, but you can turnHim down if you want to.*Let me illustrate this foryou.
  463. 463. They say that a planeleaves the Los AngelesInternational Airportevery minute, and I couldget on any one of them (ifI had the courage!).
  464. 464. *All I need to do is get aticket and get on theplane.*Its a plane foreverybody, you see, butnot everybody will take it.
  465. 465. Christ is the Savior of allmen, but only those whobelieve will be saved(see John 3:16; 1John 2:2).
  466. 466. The ministry of excellenceis not only a heavenlypursuit demanding divinepower, but also an earthlytask, demanding hardwork.
  467. 467. *As already noted, for thisconnects verse 10 withverse 8.*The goal of laboring andstriving is godliness, withits eternal implications.
  468. 468. Kopiao (labor) means "towork to the point ofweariness andexhaustion."Agonizomai (strive) is thesource of our Englishword "agony."
  469. 469. It means "to engage in astruggle."*In 2 Cor 5:9-11, Paulgives two reasons suchhard work is necessary:believers will appearbefore the judgment seat
  470. 470. of Christ (v. 10), andunbelievers will faceGods eternal judgment(v. 11; Col 1:28-29).
  471. 471. The knowledge of thisdemand for diligent laborspurs the excellentminister on to seriousefforts.
  472. 472. *No wonder HenryMartyn, the missionary toIndia, exclaimed, "Now letme burn out for God."*Because of his diligent,hard work as a missionaryto the American Indians,
  473. 473. David Brainerd was deadbefore he reached thirty.*Ministers of God areengaged in an eternalwork, with the destiny ofmens souls at stake.
  474. 474. *The urgency of that workdrives them on, throughweariness, loneliness, andstruggle.
  475. 475. *J. Oswald Sanders wrote,"If he is unwilling to paythe price of fatigue for hisleadership, it will alwaysbe mediocre. . . . Trueleadership always exacts aheavy toll on the whole
  476. 476. man, and the moreeffective the leadership is,the higher the price to bepaid" (SpiritualLeadership, 175, 169).
  477. 477. Paul affirmed to theGalatians that through thecross of Christ "the worldhas been crucified to me,and I to the world"(Galatians 6:14).
  478. 478. To the Corinthians hewrote,“For if I preach the gospel,I have nothing to boast of,for I am undercompulsion; for woe is meif I do not preach the
  479. 479. Gospel. For if I do thisvoluntarily, I have areward; but if against mywill, I have a stewardshipentrusted to me. . . .Therefore I run in such away, as not without aim;
  480. 480. I box 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.”1Cor 9:16-27
  481. 481. To Timothy he wrote,10 For it is for this we laborand strive, because we havefixed our hope on the livingGod, who is the Savior of allmen, especially of believers. 1 Timothy 4:10
  482. 482. These passages speak ofPauls commitment tohard work and privation,a commitment evidencedby his suffering recordedin 2 Cor 11.
  483. 483. *An excellent ministerlives with hope and is notmotivated by instantgratification or immediatefulfillment.*He has fixed his hope onthe living God.
  484. 484. *The perfect tense of theverb indicates somethingdone in the past withcontinuing results in thepresent.*He constantly labors inthe light of eternity.
  485. 485. *As he was saved in hope(Rom 8:24), so he livesand ministers in thathope.*His concerns do notrelate to the temporalworld or earthly
  486. 486. fulfillment, but to therealm of eternity and theinvisible kingdom.
  487. 487. The phrase the living Godis used frequently in theOld Testament in contrastwith dead idols (1 Sam17:26; 2 Kings 19:4,16; Ps42:2;84:2)
  488. 488. Excellent ministers do notserve dead idols forearthly rewards, but theeternally living and trueGod for results andrewards that will only beknown in Heaven.
  489. 489. In what sense God is theSavior of all men,especially of believers hasbeen much disputed.
  490. 490. Some, wanting toeliminate the Scripturalteaching of an eternal hell,argue that Paul hereteaches universalism, thatall men will be saved.
  491. 491. *That view violates thebasic hermeneuticalprinciple known asanalogia Scriptura.*According to thatprinciple, the Bible nevercontradicts itself.
  492. 492. It will never teachsomething in one passagethat violates what itteaches elsewhere.
  493. 493. The Bible clearly teachesthat those who reject Godwill be sentenced to hell(Rev 20:11-15).
  494. 494. Matt 25:41 and 46 statethat the duration of thatpunishment will beeternal.
  495. 495. 2 Thess 1:8-9 says thatthose who do not knowGod and refuse to obeythe Gospel will suffereternal punishment awayfrom Gods presence.
  496. 496. Jesus repeatedly spoke ofthe danger of hell (Matt8:12; 13:41-42,49-50; 22:13;24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28).
  497. 497. He solemnly warnedthose who rejected Himthat they would die intheir sins (John 8:24).
  498. 498. Universalism isundeniably contrary toScripture, since the samewords in the original thatdescribe hell as eternalalso describe God andheaven as eternal.
  499. 499. *A second view might bedubbed thepotential/actual view.*According to this view,Christ is potentially thesavior of all men, butactually only of those who
  500. 500. believe.*It is true that Christsdeath was powerfulenough to have redeemedthe whole human raceand to satisfy the justice ofGod and remove the
  501. 501. barrier between God andall men.*Therefore, all can becalled to salvation andjustly damned if theyrefuse that call.
  502. 502. By means of Christsdeath, God madeprovision for the sins ofthe world.
  503. 503. That such is not theteaching of this verse,however, is revealed bythe use of the adverbmalista (especially), whichmust mean that all menwill enjoy to some
  504. 504. extent the same kind ofsalvation as believersenjoy.
  505. 505. The adverb is notadversative or contrastive,it cannot be saying that allmen are saved in onesense, but believers inanother.
  506. 506. The difference is one ofdegree, not kind.
  507. 507. It seems best tounderstand this verse tobe teaching that God isreally the Savior of allmen, who actually doessave them — but only inthe temporal sense, while
  508. 508. believers He saves in theeternal sense.*In both cases, He is theirSavior and there is asaving that He does ontheir behalf.
  509. 509. *In this life, all menexperience to some degreethe protecting, delivering,sustaining power of God.*Believers will experiencethat to the fullest degreefor time and for all
  510. 510. eternity.*The word Savior is notalways in Scripturelimited to salvation fromsin.
  511. 511. In the Septuagint, theGreek translation of theOld Testament, soter(Savior) is sometimesused in the lesser sense of"deliverer" (cf. Judg 3:9;6:14; 2 Sam 3:18; 2 Kings
  512. 512. Words in the same wordgroup occasionally havethat sense in the NewTestament as well ( Luke1:71; Acts 7:25; 27:34; Phil1:19; Heb 11:7).
  513. 513. A related word,sozo ("to save") is used inthe Gospels to refer tophysical healing (Matt9:21-22; Mark 5:23; Luke8:36,50; John 11:12; cf.Acts 4:9).
  514. 514. God is the Savior of allmen in that He withholdsthe death and judgmentall sinners should receivebecause of sin(Ezek 18:4,32; Rom 6:23).
  515. 515. The reality that Goddelivers men from instantdamnation and does"good and [gives them]rains from heaven andfruitful seasons, satisfying[their] hearts with food
  516. 516. and gladness" (Acts 14:17)shows He is the Savior ofall.
  517. 517. *He graciously gives "toall life and breath and allthings" (Acts 17:25), and"causes His sun to rise onthe evil and the good, andsends rain on therighteous and the
  518. 518. unrighteous" (Matt 5:45).*He gives common graceto all men.*Unbelievers experienceGods goodness andmercy in that they are notinstantly killed for their
  519. 519. sin.*Nor does He give themconstant pain andpermanent deprivation.*They experience Histemporal blessings in thislife.
  520. 520. That principle isillustrated in Isa 63:8-10:“For He said, "Surely,they are My people, sonswho will not deal falsely."
  521. 521. So He became theirSavior.In all their affliction Hewas afflicted, and theangel of His presencesaved them; in His loveand in His mercy He
  522. 522. redeemed them; And Helifted them and carriedthem all the days of old.*But they rebelled andgrieved His Holy Spirit;therefore, He turnedHimself to become their
  523. 523. enemy, He fought againstthem.” Isaiah 63:8-10*Verse 8 says God becameIsraels Savior.*He brought the nationout of Egypt, and caredfor them.
  524. 524. *He provided food, water,and deliverance fromtheir enemies.*That He was not theSavior in a spiritual senseof every Israelite is clearfrom verse 10, which says
  525. 525. He became their enemyand fought against them.*That passage isanalogous to Paulsthought in 1 Timothy 4:10.*God is the Savior of allmen in the temporal
  526. 526. sense, and especially ofbelievers in the spiritualsense that they aredelivered from sinspenalty forever!
  527. 527. So the excellent ministerhas no trouble workinghard proclaiming thesaving glory and work ofGod in Christ, knowinghe serves the living God,Who is by nature the
  528. 528. Savior both in time andfor eternity.
  529. 529. That eternal aspect ofGods saving was whatmotivated Paul to endurewhat he suffered in thecourse of his Gospelministry.
  530. 530. *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,
  531. 531. admonishing every manand teaching every manwith all wisdom, that wemay present every mancomplete in Christ. Andfor this purpose also Ilabor, striving according
  532. 532. to His power, whichmightily works withinme." Colossians 1:28-29*Hard work in theministry must beenergized by Gods powerat work in the minister.
  533. 533. Vine describes it as:"piety characterized by aGod-ward attitude thatdoes that which iswell-pleasing to Him“.
  534. 534. Godliness is alsodescribed as:“character and conductdetermined by theprinciples of thelove of God and thefear of God in the heart”.
  535. 535. Godliness could besummarized as:pious conduct done witha desire to please God.
  536. 536. Godliness is the reverentawareness of Godssovereignty over everyaspect of life, and thedetermination to honorHim in all ones conduct.
  537. 537. "Godliness" and "holiness"denote one reality(the terms are joined in 1 Tim 2:2 ; and in 2 Peter 3:11 ).
  538. 538. 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.
  539. 539. 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 ).
  540. 540. 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 ).
  541. 541. 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 ).
  542. 542. J. Knox ChamblinBibliography. W. Barclay, New Testament Words, pp.106-16; J. Bridges, The Practice of Godliness; W. Foerster,TDNT, 7:168-96; W. Mundle and W. Gnther, NIDNTT,2:90-95.Bakers Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology.Edited by Walter A. ElwellCopyright © 1996 by Walter A. Elwell. Published byBaker Books, a division ofBaker Book House Company, Grand Rapids, MichiganUSA.
  543. 543. 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.
  544. 544. 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, 
  545. 545. revilers, disobedient toparents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable,malicious gossips,without self-control,brutal, haters of good,
  546. 546. 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers ofpleasure rather thanlovers of God, 5 holding to a formof godliness, althoughthey have denied its
  547. 547. power; Avoid such menas these.”2 Timothy 3:1-5 NASB
  548. 548. That should elicit fromour hearts a reverence forhim.
  549. 549. *What are the marks ofthese false teachers?*For one thing, theypreach one thing butpractice another.*They are such hypocritesthat they even "brand"
  550. 550. their own consciences bytheir willful disobedienceto Gods Word!*They read the Word butexplain it away throughtheir self-serving lies.
  551. 551. They teach a false piety -namely, asceticism, that is,abstaining from marriageand certain foods.
  552. 552. There are some so-called"Christian" groups thathave never studied Col 2to discover that bodilydisciplines do notautomatically advancespiritual life.
  553. 553. 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV 19848 “For physical training isof some value, butgodliness has value for allthings, holding promisefor both the present lifeand the life to come.”
  554. 554. *Godliness is more thanChristian character:It is Christian characterthat springs from adevotion to God.*But it is also true thatdevotion to God always