Gems 2014 —

 

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

October 25 Scripture Selection: I Timothy 3

Food for Thought: I Tim. 3:16

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” It takes faith in God to please Him, and wrapped up in that faith is believing the whole picture of Who He is and what He has done, found summarized in I Timothy 3:16: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”

In order to please God and receive the reward He has prepared, it is necessary to believe every detail of the “mystery of godliness” mentioned in I Timothy 3:16, not rejecting any element of it. Remember, we do not have to understand it intellectually with our minds in order to believe. Believing is with our hearts (“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,” Rom. 10:10). Further, the complete story cannot be amended, diluted, or rejected. It is all or nothing.

The first step in believing is seeking. The good news is that if we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him (Deut. 4:29; Ps. 119:2) and find Truth, and know exactly what to believe (see Ps. 85:10; 86:11; 89:14; 119:30; Eph. 1:13). If we seek Him diligently through His Word, we will find what we are to put our faith in.

The Lord does not desire that this Good News and the revelation of Who He is remain a mystery to mankind. Even to those of us who believe, He continues to reveal more and more of Himself, as evidenced in Colossians 1:25-27 and 2:2, 3. We could walk with the Lord our whole lives and still discover even more of the Lord. Even the apostle Paul wrote, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him… (Phil. 3:9, 10).”

Yes, it takes faith to please God. Faith in Him. Let the Word shine the light in your heart and allow it to reveal more deeply Who God is, and believe on Him fully (2 Cor. 4:6). It is very rewarding.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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10 Responses to Gems 2014 —

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    1 Tim 3 is to me a quandary. It is so clear as the pattern for leadership of Christ’s churches, yet in the Catholic Church it is seemingly ignored. Here in Australia there has been a long running legal inquiry into sexual sin, which has mainly focussed on our local Catholic church. I am sad – there are many people I have known who are Christians, who attend Catholic Churches (I am using the John 6:29 definition), yet the celibacy rule in the Catholic Church seems to have enabled great misery…in complete contradiction to 1 Tim 3. I don’t understand it. And when I raise it in the hearing of Catholics who I regard, I get angry push-back.

    On the other hand it seems to be a practical and very useful teaching that pastors (for I am a protestant) should be married. Two people can cooperate to exclude sin better than one person alone.

    And on 1 Tim 3:16 I am with you Jeanette. I saw somewhere this week someone saying that no scholar would reject Jesus Christ as a historical figure who walked this Earth in about 30 AD. 1 Tim 3:16 says if you accept this, then you should accept the rest. Sadly people cannot, like the rich young man who Jesus made an offer which had far more to it than the kid thought.

    • Me says:

      You forgot the Roman part.

      • Me says:

        And I was Anglican, still is to some degree, the Orangemen and the Blacknights. I just couldn’t join in good faith. If that means anything with the way I think. But then again my background is christian, that I haven’t forgot.

      • J Sue says:

        Me, I wish you would explain more about what you mean about “The Roman part.” Also, the comments by Cdquarrels and Alfred may help clear up your understanding of the Church.

    • J Sue says:

      Bruce, thank you for bringing up the touchy subject of the celibacy rule (which was only implemented centuries after the inception of the Church). Frankly, I am am surprised that we have not heard from some of our Catholic readers regarding it in response to your comments. Perhaps since it has been engrained in so many to never question the decisions of those in authority that they dare not. However, I sure wish this were addressed as it is definitely causing much unnecessary suffering, in my opinion.

      • The biblical teaching on this is that the Church of Christ should encourage every apostle, as indeed every man, to remain celibate if they can, but that “he sins not” if he is unable to do so (1st Corinthians 7:36). Non-apostolic pastors and others bishops (i.e. episkopos or “overseers”) are specifically instructed that they should have “one wife” (1st Timothy 3, Titus 1), which I understand to mean at most one wife. They, too, are human beings, which means that the requirement to encourage celibacy wherever possible applies equally to them.

        This is all spelled out with remarkable clarity and conciseness in The New Testament, and any church which can’t or won’t accept it is self-evidently anti-Christ. Others may be uncomfortable with such language; I have no such discomfort.

        This applies not only to the Roman Catholics, but just as much to those churches which encourage marriage amongst their clergy, or which fail to counsel clergy to engage in restraint. The clergy should have a lifelong, exclusive union with a woman whenever it is God’s will. But this couple should not be rushing to marry. They should be following the Bible, which says to do their best to avoid it, and if they can’t, then they sin not by marrying.

        One final reminder to anyone who may be thinking that they know differently … Revelation 22 states:

        For I testify toward every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add upon these things, God shall add upon him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and the things which are written in this book.

        • DirkH says:

          “One final reminder to anyone who may be thinking that they know differently … Revelation 22 states:”

          Sounds a bit like the GPL.

  2. It helps me to look at it this way. the Church is not an organization,
    it is a Living Organism, the Body of Christ!!

    Alfred

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