Tuesday, September 18, 2012

1 Timothy 3:14-16

Summary retelling of 1 Timothy 3:14-16

Paul explains to Timothy that he hopes to be able to come to him soon.  However, if that is not possible Paul still wants Timothy to know how to lead Christians.  Paul then reminds Timothy that the body of believers (the church) is a living buttress of truth.  Then Paul gives some inspirational words.  Remember that Christ was alive in the flesh.  The Holy Spirit demonstrated Christ’s righteousness.  Angels have seen Him.  Nations have been told about Him.  People from all over the world have believed in Him.  He was taken into the glory of the presence of God.

Thoughts for Today
First Thought:
We are the church.  The building is not the church.  The hymnal and its liturgical practices are not the church.  The space where we keep all of our religious artifacts is not the church.  The church is God’s people who are “purposed” for the proclamation of His Gospel in the world.  We are the buttress of truth.  We are the church.  When Christ loves the church, He loves us.  He doesn’t love our spaces; He loves us.

Why is this an important thought?  What does it mean to you to know that Jesus loves you specifically?  What does it mean to you that you are a part of Christ’s living buttress of truth?

Second Thought:
Paul wants to come and see Timothy.  However, this is not always possible.  Sometimes the things we want to do are not where God really needs us to be.  Sometimes like Paul we have to trust that God can equip others.  So Paul wants to do his part to make sure that regardless of whether or not he can come that Timothy can lead and God’s will can be done.

How hard is it to trust that others can get the job done?  What can make it easier to put that trust in others? 

Third Thought:
Look at the inspirational thoughts that Paul gives to Timothy. 
  • Jesus lived. 
  • The Holy Spirit has come to witness to His righteousness.  That means that we have the Holy Spirit!  God is in us! 
  • His Gospel is being taken throughout the world. 
  • People are believing in Jesus. 
  • Jesus was taken into glory into the presence of God.  This means that those who are in Jesus can also have the hope that we shall be taken into the glory of the presence of God as well.

Do you feel the Holy Spirit within you?  If so, how do you know?  How does having the Holy Spirit within you change who you are?  Does it inspire you to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being proclaimed throughout the world?  Why is this inspiring?  What does it mean to you to know that a day will come when you will dwell with Christ in the presence of God and His glory?

Passage for Tomorrow: 1 Timothy 4:1-5
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