Saturday, January 20, 2007

1 Timothy 1:18-19

18Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.

I really like these passages because they are a picture of the importance of giving, or receiving, confirmation and encouragement. Paul writes to Timothy to encourage him and to show him that the task he is about to take-on in Ephesus is truly a task given to him by God. He is letting Timothy know that he is in the will of God (having a “good conscience”). He reminds Timothy of the prophetic words spoken over him regarding this scenario and purpose. Again, a big motivation for doing this is to encourage Timothy to “fight the good fight”. We need to learn from this exchange and implement it in our lives. It is important to be encouragers. Finally, this text ends with a sober sentence which talks about people “shipwrecking” their faith. What I take from this is that what Paul is about to write Timothy is pretty important and that, if ignored, may lead to a serious spiritual condition. Let’s pay attention to the rest of this letter.

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