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Eternal Life

When we become a believer in the work Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross and through his resurrection, we obtain the quality of eternal life. So, what does it mean when Paul challenges Timothy, his disciple, to "take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…?" (1 Timothy 6:12) He obviously had eternal life, which was granted to everyone who became a believer, so what is the difference between this eternal life as opposed to that eternal life? The verb seems to indicate that he was not grasping eternal life now. Paul wants him to start using it by putting it into the thoughts and activities of his life. This is a summary by Paul to Timothy based on previous verses where he makes a comparison between living out riches in the earthly life and living out eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:5-11a) Being rich could cause many harmful results: falling into temptation, being caught in a trap, senseless and harmful lusts, sinking into a life of self-destruction, a wandering fro…

Purity in Leadership

Timothy was a young leader in the church that had been mentored by Paul. He traveled with him and sat at his feet as Paul spoke to many believers in many cities of many things related to spirituality. Later Timothy would be left at Ephesus to combat false teachers, appoint officials, and organize and regulate the church's customs. In the mist of his time at Ephesus, Timothy was charged by Paul "to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism." He was not to "be hasty in the laying on of hands, and [to] not share in the sins of others." He was to "keep [himself] pure." (1 Timothy 5:21-22) Here are some very clear words as to the way leaders then and now are to operate. There is first the action of not being partial to some people related to what he was charge to do. He was to operate without favoritism toward any person. If not done, this could bring strife in the church as others would see his partiality and because of…

Godly Exercise

Godly Exercise Nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight despite attention to its dangers by doctors, the media and education campaigns. Participating in physical exercise either by being an active member of a gym or by purchasing equipment that can be used at home or by diet are suggested as cures for obesity. But the truth is that still there are relatively few Americans who regularly exercise. Timothy was told by Paul, "physical training is of some value." (1Timothy 4:8) His emphasis here was on physical exercise and its benefits to the muscles and organs but although finding "some value" in it he suggested the greater good comes from spiritual training. So, Paul says, "train yourself to be godly" because "godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." (4:7-8) Godliness far outstrips physical exercise in benefit today and forever. A definition of godliness is conduct of life aligned…

Deceiver to Devoted

Jacob was a man who from the moment he was born was a deceiver. He was seen holding his brother Esau's heel as they exited the womb and so named Jacob, meaning "he grasps the heel" and figuratively meaning, "he deceives." Rebekah knew even while the boys were in her womb that the older brother, Esau, would serve the younger, Jacob, as it was told to her by the Lord in Genesis 25:23. Whether Jacob knew this is not shared in Scripture but it did happen. Jacob was cooking a stew one day when Esau came in from hunting and would not give him any to eat until he surrendered his birthright. Later his mother, Rebekah, induced Jacob to act like his brother and obtained the blessing from his father, Isaac. He did but then Rebekah feared for Jacob's life because of Esau's attitude, so she sent him to her home country, Haran. There he met her brother, Laban, who was also a deceiver and cheated Jacob "by changing my wages ten times." (Genesis 31:7) Even in …