To the King Eternal!
Scripture reading for September 24th: 1st Timothy 1
The letters of Paul to Timothy serve the church by giving pastoral insight into the ministry of a pastor and the qualifications of those in leadership. When this letter was written, Paul was nearing the end of his own ministry and facing his final imprisonment in Rome. Paul reminded Timothy of his own testimony to encourage him.
“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.” (1st Timothy 1:3-5) Paul told Timothy that part of the work of a pastor was dealing with false teachers. False doctrine (teachings about the faith) leads to controversies. These tend to become about works, instead of faith. Paul’s goal was Christ’s love that was the result of a pure heart founded on sound doctrine and sincere faith.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service. Even though I once was a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.” (1st Timothy 1:12-13) Paul was also once a false teacher, bound by ignorance of the Truth of Jesus Christ. God showed him mercy. Paul wanted Timothy and us to know that, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–“.
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1st Timothy 1:17) Paul worshiped Christ, the “King Eternal”, for His great mercy and love!