follow the leader

This week, I was part of a group of students that worked to translate 1 Timothy 3:14-4:16. In the passage you can see Paul working with Timothy to shape him to be godly leader. You can sense how much Paul is investing in Timothy, how much he believes in him.

It makes me think of all the “Pauls” in my life. People that have seen something in me and invested themselves in me. I know that I would not have been able to continue in the faith without their constant encouragement and counsel. Thank you, Pastor Bob, James, Jason, Danny, Steve, Mark, Bill, Annette, Jake, and Sue- your support and prayer have been invaluable in my life.

The text also challenges me to find “Timothy’s.” I guess a lot of developing your faith is about being a Paul and a Timothy, being mentored and mentoring.

Who are your Pauls?

1 Timothy 3:14-4:16

(3:14) I hope to come to you soon, I write these instructions to you (15) so that if I am delayed you may know how you must behave as a pillar and foundation of the truth within the household of God, which is the church of the living God.

(16) Undoubtedly, our common confession of the mystery of holiness is important:

He was manifested in flesh,
and confirmed in Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed worldwide
and taken up in glory.

(4:1) The Spirit clearly says that in the latter times some will abandon the faith, devoting themselves to deceptive and demonic doctrines, (2) because of the hypocrisy of liars and cauterized consciences. (3) They forbid marriage and eating foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. (4) For everything God created is good and nothing received with thanksgiving is to be rejected, (5) since these things are sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.

(6) If you put these instructions before brothers and sisters you will be a good servant of Jesus Christ, nourished on the teachings of the faith, the good doctrine, you have followed.

(7a) Have nothing to do with profane and trivial myths. (7b) Train yourself for holy living. (8) While physical training has some value, holy living has value for everything, holding promise for both this life and the life to come. (9-10) This teaching is a core belief and worthy of unqualified acceptance which is why we labor and struggle since our hope is set on the living God who is the Savior of all people, especially those who believe.

(11) Command and teach these instructions. (12) Let no one despise your youth, but set a pattern for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. (13) Until I come devote yourself to public reading of Scripture, preaching (exhorting) and teaching. (14) Do not neglect the spiritual gift in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders
(15) Practice these things, immerse yourself in them so that everyone may see your growth. (16) Watch your life and doctrine closely; for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.

As always feel free to give me any advise on the translation.


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