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Save Yourselves And Everyone Who Listens

John Collins08/31/2012

In 1 Timothy 4, Paul tells us how to be a good servant of Christ.

Paul warns that deceitful teachings would come in the end times.  These teachings were of demons, deceitful spirits that would cause some to depart from the faith of Jesus Christ.

These demons would cause insincere liars, of which Paul says have seared consciences, to spread false teachings.  Though everything created by God is good, these liars would come forth teaching abstinence from things of this world to preach works righteousness.

Paul says that the best way to become a good servant is to make these things known before our brothers.  We should be trained in the Word, the words of faith, and spread the good doctrine of Jesus Christ.

Again, Paul warns us to have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.  Instead, we should train ourselves to become godly having faith in Jesus Christ.  Also, this was not an outward expression.  Paul says that training our bodies is only of some value, but godliness is of value in every way!  It holds us fast to the promise of not only this life, but of the life to come.

Paul placed great value on expressing these thoughts.  He said that what he had just spoken was trustworthy and must be fully accepted.  Because of this very saying, Paul said that he toiled and strived.  Paul had set his hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people -- especially those who believe!

He said that we should command and teach these things to others.  Even if we are not fully matured in the scriptures, we should go forward letting no man despise us for our youth.  Instead, we should become an example to others in our speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.  

Paul said to devote ourselves to the public reading of the Scripture, teaching others about the Word of God.  He said that they should not neglect the gift that was given us by the Holy Spirit, which was given by prophecy when the council of elders laid hand on them.  We should practice our gifts, immersing ourselves in them.  Everyone should see our progress as our gifts mature.  

Again, Paul stressed the importance of this.  He said to keep a close watch on ourselves and this teaching.  Be persistent in this teaching.  By being persistant, we will not only save ourselves, but everyone who listens!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we persistant?  Do we keep watch on the stories we hear, to ensure they are not strange myths spread by insincere liars?  Do we listen when they try to rob us of our enjoyment in the wonderful things that God has created?  Do we train only our outward bodies towards holiness, or do we chasten our hearts and minds as well?  Do we teach these warnings to others as Paul commanded?  Are we good servants?