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.
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.
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?
What the Tower of Babel says about us – and what God’s response warns us about and gives us hope in.
Ezra provides a model for today’s pastors in how to properly lead a congregation through the study of the Word, doing of the Word, and teaching of the Word.
Jesus, in Luke 14, instructs his disciples to count the cost of following him. After all, no one starts a tower without any idea of how much that tower would cost, right? They’d have to stop half-way through, an embarrassment to them and to their neighborhood. Or, take the king who hears of an approaching army. They wouldn’t rise against this foreign enemy without taking stock of their own army, would they? Otherwise, it would turn into a slaughterfest! Going into ministry is a lot like, I think.