1 Timothy 1:3-5 - Dealing With False Teaching.

1 Timothy 1:3-5 - Dealing With False Teaching.

1 Timothy 1:3-5 (NIV) As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, 
stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to 
teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and 
endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's 
work--which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from 
a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 

1 Timothy 1:3-5 (NEB) When I was starting for Macedonia, I urged 
you to stay on at Ephesus.  You were to command certain persons to 
give up teaching erroneous doctrines and studying those interminable 
myths and genealogies, which issue in mere speculation and cannot make 
known God's plan for us, which works thorough faith. The aim and 
object of this command is the love which springs from a clean heart, 
from a good conscience, and from faith that is genuine.  


Myths and endless genealogies; probably mythical stories built 
on OT history (genealogies) that later developed into intricate 
Gnostic philosophical systems. [NIV SB] 


Today we could also enter into worthless and irrelevant 
discussions, but such disputes quickly crowd out the life-changing message of 
Christ. Stay away from religious speculation and pointless theological 
arguments. Such exercises may seem harmless at first, but they have a way 
of sidetracking us from the central message of the gospel--the 
person and work of Jesus Christ. And they expend time we should use to 
share the gospel with others. You should avoid anything that keeps you 
from doing God's work. [Life Application SB] 

The Truth edifies and promotes love whereas "other doctrines" 
promote controversy and dissension - this is a good test for whether a 
teaching is true or false doctrine.  When we lose sight of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, selfish, unregenerate human nature takes control.  [SS 
Quarterly; 7/7/93 mod] 

The Scriptures weren't written to satisfy our curiosity, they 
were written to change our lives. Just knowing what the Bible teaches 
isn't enough. We must go beyond knowing it to living it, which means 
showing love that "comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a 
sincere faith" (1 Timothy 1:5). Our spiritual growth can't be measured 
in terms of sermons heard, services attended or activities 
performed. The issue is changed lives - ours and the lives of others. The 
character qualities of Jesus that are in our lives measure how much of 
what we know has become part of who we really are. [NIV Once A Day 
Bible re 1 Ti. 1:3-7] 


"Every heresy began at one time with some little departure from 
the truth. There is only a little seed of error needed to create a 
great tree.  Ryle, J. C. [Classical SB] 

Cashiers learn to detect counterfeit currency by examining in 
detail real money.  Thus they are able to spot forgeries immediately.  
Similarly, we are to examine and promote truth, and not spend time 
investigating error.  When falsehoods do appear, we shall be able to spot them 
immediately.  [SS Quarterly; 7/7/93 mod] 


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