The Pastorals

I try to occasionally read through the Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy & Titus). Every time, it is refreshing and convicting. That's the beauty of God's Word. It never gets old, and the Holy Spirit continually opens your eyes to new insights that you glanced over before. Yesterday I read through them and thought I'd post some things that stood out this time:

  • Being a godly father and husband is bound up with being a faithful elder (1 Tim 3.4, 15, Titus 1.7)
  • We are to work hard and struggle because we have set our hope on the living God (1 Tim 4.10)
  • We should put our religion into practice by caring for our family and paying them back for how they have cared for us (1 Tim 5.4)
  • If we don't care for our family, we have denied the faith and our worse than unbelievers (1 Tim 5.8)
  • Paul was not opposed to wine (1 Tim 5.23). This week I read Chrysostom call those who insist on total abstinence from alcohol "simpler brothers" who fail to see that wine is God's creation and it is only immoderate indulgence that is condemned in Scripture.
  • We should live obedient lives so that the name of God and the apostolic teaching will not be slandered (1 Tim 6.1)
  • There is great gain in godliness with contentment. We came here and will leave with nothing. Greed (which is idolatry) leads to temptation, a snare, foolish and harmful desire, ruin, destruction, and many griefs (1 Tim 6.6-10)
  • God's people need to continually be reminded of 'these things' (2 Tim 2.14)
  • Paul charges Timothy to preach the Word because Christ is coming to judge (2 Tim 4.1-2). This should shape the content and nature of sermons.
  • God's people should long for his appearing (2 Tim 4.8)
  • Truth that is true leads to godliness (Titus 1.1)
  • Always be gentle to all people (Titus 3.2)
  • We are not saved by the deeds we do but because of God's mercy (Titus 3.5)
  • A divisive person should be warned twice then avoided (Titus 3.10)
  • We should be devoted to good deeds, meet needs, and not live unproductive lives (Titus 3.14)
  • Self-discipline and self-control is very important (2 Tim 1.7, Titus 1,8, 2.2, 2.6)