Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tues., 4/12/11 Devotion (1 Tim. 1:4)

Today's encouragement comes from 1 Timothy 1:4, where we read these words:

" . . . nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith."

In this verse (above) the Apostle Paul is exhorting the Pastor Timothy to put a stop to foolish religious talk. Have you ever been in the pres-
ence of a religious know-it-all who is riding his hobby-horse with pas-
sion and zeal? His issue may be eschatology, or how all Christians are to educate their children in the same way (or whatever). What you will also notice are these two things: 1) he is not concerned about the gospel; and 2) he is always engendering strife wherever he goes--with the effect of dividing and scattering the people (church) of God.

Paul charges Timothy to put an end to that kind of drivel (in v. 3). In its place, he is to promote "love from a pure heart, from a good con-
science, and from sincere faith," (v. 5). Let us beware of idle talkers; and let us be churchmen who promote Jesus, grace, gospel, church, Sunday, love, and all other good things.

[Puritan quote of the day: "God set His love from eternity upon this and that person, as particularly as if there were no other chosen than he." --Jonathan Edwards, in the book, "On Knowing Christ"]