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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

In our last visit we studied the impact statement in 1st Timothy 4:16, “Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  The combination and consistency between life and doctrine creates a spiritual synergism that saves both you and others. 

Leaders, like Paul, should be able to humbly say, “Watch my life and listen to what I believe; then obey by following my example.”  Does the context warrant this explanation of this impact statement?  I believe it does. 

Chapter 4 warns that some will abandon the faith in the last days.  A good minister points out the priorities believers should maintain when the world around us abandons the faith and follows deceiving spirits.  When the world rejects right doctrine and follows deceiving spirits, true believers need to watch and persevere in true doctrine and godly behavior. 

When Timothy received this letter he was quite young and could be intimidated.  So Paul wrote in verse 12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”  In other words, watch and persevere in life and doctrine.  Do this publicly so fellow-believers can hear and see what God is doing in your life.  They will be encouraged to experience truth, by following a good example. 

This instruction is good not only for ministers and church leaders, but also parents.  It can also be applied to young people like Timothy.


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