Hungry for a little Daily Bread Crumb? Letís find out
just exactly what the definition of the word conscience is, because
you may notice that this word is used quite frequently in the New Testament.
Conscience is the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or
blameworthiness of oneís own conduct, intentions, or character together with
a feeling of obligation to do right or be good. Now, to have your conscience
seared with a hot iron, would have to be one of the worst things a Christian
could imagine. Your sense of right and wrong would be destroyed ...
you would have no conscience, no morals.
This passage reminds me of what Paul wrote in Hebrews:
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have
tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the
world to come, If they shall
to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves
the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Now, don't forget, this letter is written to Timothy, who
is the minister of a church, so Paul is warning him about things to watch
out for. One of the thing, Paul says is that in the last days, those who
have fallen from the faith will forbid to marry, indicating that the clergy
or the leaders would be the ones doing the forbidding. Just one note, we
know that the Romans practice this false doctrine to this day requiring them
to take a vow of celibacy and forbidding their clergymen and women to marry.
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Letís see now, what else does Paul say will happen. Donít forget that he
said the Holy Spirit had spoken these things specifically. He said that they
will command to abstain from meats (foods) which God created to be received
with thanksgiving of those who believe and know the TRUTH. For every
creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it is received with
thanksgiving because it is made holy by the Word of God and prayer. Paul
also talks about this in
Romans 14:14, 20
Corinthians 10:25. Youíll also find that if you look back into the Book
of Acts, Chapter 10,
Peter had a vision concerning this, which was an analogy of Godís acceptance
of the Gentiles as His people too. God was showing Peter that any man that
God has cleansed, is not unclean, but holy. This is also another perfect
example of how Godís Word, many times, relates to more than one
Paul writes, If you remind the brethren of these things, youíll be a good
minister of Jesus Christ, educated in the words of faith and of good
doctrine, that you have carefully followed. But refuse profane and old
wivesí tales and exercise (train) yourself instead to be godly. Bodily
exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable in all things, having
promise of the life that is now, and is also to come (eternal).
Yes, you did read that correctly, but did you get
the entire meaning of it? Bodily exercise is of little value, but godliness
is valuable in every way, both in this life and life everlasting. How many
people exercise for God? How many people exercise for self, for what others
think, or for what they want
others to think? Yes, youíre correct, your body is the temple of the Holy
Corinthians 6:19), and you should take care of it, but what does that
mean? It means keep it holy, clean, healthy, pure, protected. It doesnít
mean that it should be made into what is acceptable to mankind. If you
exercise because itís necessary for maintaining good health, so that you can
effectively perform godly deeds, thatís one thing. But anything in excess of
that is not being done for God. You can apply the same rules to eating, or
drinking, or anything else that can be done to excess.
Paul says, This is the truth and worthy of believing. For that reason (the
promise of eternal life), we work and suffer shame, because we trust in the
living God, who is the Savior of all men, namely those who believe. Command
these things and teach. Donít let anyone look down on you because of your
youth, but be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation
(conduct), in charity, in spirit, in faith and in purity.
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This is an interesting point that Paul makes. If
you belong to a church that has a young pastor, or if you know or meet a
young person who is apparently gifted in teaching the doctrine of Christ, do
you ever look down over the reading glasses that are teetering on the tip of
your nose at them and think, That young whipper-snapper canít know what heís
talking about. Or how about this, does your pride disallow you to learn from
someone younger than you? I have a few examples for you to ponder on.
Jesus the Christ
was about 30 years old when He began his ministry (Luke
Jeremiah was just a child when the Lord called him
to speak to the nations (Jeremiah
Joash was only 7
years old when he became king of Judah and reigned
for 40 years (2
Isaiah 11:6, and a little child shall lead them.
Now, donít get me wrong. The elders, the sages, the elderly, the mature, the
aged, seniors, older people, people in their golden years ... They all
deserve our respect, but they are by no means, the only people that God has
appointed to do His bidding.
people who God has chosen to spread His Word have a tremendous
responsibility, as you can see from all the things that Paul is relating to
Timothy. The humiliation from people who donít believe them because of their
youth is definitely a burden they donít need to bear, theyíre carrying a
great load already. Isnít it enough that the destiny of some peopleís souls
lie in their hands, but to add to their burden by looking down on them
because theyíre youthful or any other reason for that matter is really like
judgment in choosing them. Examine your conscience and ask yourself, how
many times have you judged or ignored or patronized one of Godís servants
because of their age, economic status, handicaps, being from your home
country (someone you know, or someone from your family, which makes it hard
for you accept their credibility) or any other reason?
You can see now, why Paul found it necessary to forewarn Timothy about such
things. He continues, Until I visit, give attention to reading, to
preaching, to teaching. Donít neglect the gift that is in you, which was
given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hand of the presbytery
(elders). Meditate (contemplate, think) on these things, dedicate yourself
fully to them so that your value is clear to everyone. Take care of yourself
and the doctrine, believe in them, because in doing this, you will save both
yourself and those who hear you.
Once again, Paul has given us many good lessons to apply to our lives and to
pass on to others. Just a reminder before we close, your body returns to
3:19) when the time comes. God doesnít care what you look like (1
Samuel 16:7). Wouldnít you rather put your energy into getting your soul
in shape? If your goal is to impress God and not mankind, itís time to get a
new program. Your heart and soul are the things that need training. Why not
ask Jesus to be your personal trainer?
Come on back again soon. Weíll be working out ... Every word that proceeds
out of the mouth of God, right here at Daily Bread.