"That thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine." (1 Timothy 1:3)
It is interesting to trace that little word some through 1 Timothy. You will find it frequently:
- "Some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling" (1:6).
- "Some having put away (a good conscience) concerning faith have made shipwreck" (1:19).
- "Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" (4:1).
- "Some are already turned aside after Satan" (5:15), and so on.
There were those who were teaching things contrary to the truth of God; so Paul says to Timothy, "Stay there if you will and help the saints, and warn those teachers of false things, and charge them that they teach no other doctrine than that which has been delivered unto the saints."
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"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
A.W. Tozer listed seven rules for self-discovery. He stated that we may be known by the following:
1. What we most want.
2. What we think about most.
3. How we use our money.
4. What we do with our leisure time.
5. The company we enjoy.
6. Whom and what we admire.
7. What we laugh at.
In view of these rules may we apply to ourselves the words of today's verse - "Think on these things." (Choice Gleanings - W. Ross Rainey)
May the mind of Christ, my Saviour, live in me from day to day,
By his love and pow'r controlling, all I do and say.
(Kate B. Wilkinson)
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"Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God."
There is but one place of anchorage for the soul, and that is faith in Jesus. But even where there is that faith, there may not be settled peace of conscience, and that is why it is so important to have a right understanding on the question of works. It is not the question only of getting peace on first coming to God, but of abiding in God's presence with unbroken peace ever after; and this cannot be unless God's idea of works be clearly understood. . . .
Man's thoughts throughout is that he can do something for God. But the thought of our being able to do anything cannot exist with peace of conscience in God's presence. One only could stand there and say, "All that thou requirest I can and will do. In the volume of the book it is written of me, Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God."
Paul had thought by his own resources in works to meet God's demands, but when converted, a new principle broke in upon him, he found that that Nazarene was in heaven telling him of gratuity of grace, and he took salvation, not of works, but by faith. (Gleanings of G.V. Wigram)
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