Over the years I have been fascinated with reading the accounts of shipwrecks or collisions to learn the causes the loss of lives, cargo, and ships. In almost every case, the captain was clearly at fault for either neglecting his duty, ignoring warnings, or giving control of the vessel to someone who was inexperienced. Whatever the cause, shipwrecks result in lives being lost or severely damaged.
In a spiritual sense, Paul had deep concerns that emphasized how important “holding faith and a good conscience” was. “By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,” (1 Timothy 1:19). “Rejecting” is “refusing to listen or to push or thrust away” faith and a good conscience. This is a deliberate action of individuals who refuse to be governed by the truth, teaching and principles of Scripture.
This attitude was not new to Paul. Barnabas and Paul experienced this with the Jews in Acts 13:44-47 causing them to turn their attention to the Gentiles who “began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord” (13:48). Jesus knew this rejection when He quoted Psalm 118:22-23 in Matthew 21:42-43 and warned the Jews; “Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits” (Matthew 21:43). Shipwreck?
One of the saddest aspects of this truth is found in a letter Jesus sent to Ephesus via the Apostle John; “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5).
“Holding faith and a good conscience” is the only way that individuals or churches will be protected from spiritual shipwreck. Lord Jesus, I pray that You will use this blog to speak directly to some hearts that need to hear this warning, for their blessing and Your Glory. Amen.
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