Paul has charged Timothy to hold fast to love in contrast to the leaders who have lost themselves to vain speculation; coached him on the proper use of the Law; and has explained his own view of his ministry. Now, Paul brings this all to sharp focus with specific examples.
In the previous two weeks, Paul has explained the proper charge of the pastor, and the tools needed to be faithful to that charge and has explained the proper use of the Law, which the false teachers do not seem to be grasping. In the next couple of verses, Paul reflects on his own ministry and relationship with Jesus.
After the response I received on my first post detailing my interactions with the Bible, I thought it would be worth revisiting the subject and posting more regularly about what I am reading in the Bible and how I am reading it.
Last week, we saw how Paul taught Timothy the proper charge of the leader while describing the dangers of the false teachers rising in Ephesus. This week, Paul explains the proper use of the Law.
In this seminal post of a new series of I-II Timothy, Paul explains the aim of a good pastor in comparison to the useless teaching of those who stray from the Gospel.
When we read the Bible, we are usually content to read only on the surface. We need to learn to read with the whole of the Biblical narrative and symbolism whenever we visit the text.
David Bentley Hart set out to translate the New Testament free of doctrinal or suppositional bents. Does his translation warrant a read through, or is it another translation to throw on the pile?
The whole history of Israel, from Creation to the Judges, pointed to a coming King, so why does God seem to have a problem with Israel requesting one?
One of the church’s main problems now (and, let’s face it, over the course of history) is that her members simply are not reading the Bible. In light of this, I thought it would be encouraging to share how I am interacting with the Bible these days, both which texts I am interacting with and the Bibles I am using to do so.