Yesterday we were challenged by John’s exhortation to young men that the Word of God must continue to abide in them. Paul makes similar statements to his spiritual son Timothy. As a “good servant of Christ Jesus” he was to be “trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine” that he had followed (1 Timothy 4:6). The context of these words is important. Paul was leaving Timothy at Ephesus and he wanted to remind him that part of being a good servant/pastor/elder was letting the Word of God and good doctrine of the apostles continue to train him as he was doing ministry so he would be fully prepared (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
It is a dangerous attitude to think that Bible School/College or Seminary is the sum of our learning experience. They may not be as valuable as being discipled “in the ministry” by a Paul-like person who is not so concerned about the intellectual development as the personal character and a close relationship with the Lord. Paul told the Colossians to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16). Education cannot give you these things! They are only gained through time with the Lord in His Word.
Paul follows verse six with a warning to Timothy; “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths” (1 Timothy 4:7). These do not contain truth, neither do they build up the man of God. Make sure that you let “the words of the faith and of the good doctrine” train you by the Spirit and you will be able to recognize what is false very quickly. Error is never discerned by making a study of false doctrine. Light reveals what is unholy and dispels darkness.
YOUNG MEN, be “strong, and [let] word of God abides in you”!
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