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Devotional - week of May 28, 2006


guard the message

 

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.  1 Timothy 6:20-21

 

Paul is obviously encouraging Timothy to guard the message of being saved by grace through faith.

 

There is sufficient evidence that Paul is also encouraging Timothy to guard the message of living by grace through faith. Consider 1 Corinthians 4:17:

 

For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.

 

Paul’s ways in Christ were the ways of Christ living in and through him as he lived out his oneness with Christ.

 

Often Timothy traveled and ministered with Paul and heard his teaching. Therefore, Timothy was very familiar with Paul’s life and teaching. Paul always taught about his life in Christ “everywhere and in every church.” He knew that Timothy was capable of reminding the believers in Corinth about their union with Christ.

 

Paul had begun this first letter to Timothy with:

 

… remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.  1 Timothy 1:3-4

 

Paul knew of the danger of the infiltration of teachings that would result in a drifting away from “godly edification which is in faith.” The twin messages of being saved by grace through faith and living by grace through faith are always in danger of being rejected.

 

Christian leaders and teachers in our day need to heed Paul’s exhortation to guard the New Testament messages of living out our crucifixion, burial and resurrection and of being saved through Jesus and Jesus alone.