Today you should read: 1 Timothy 3:14-16
I hope you’re off to a good day. Thanks for beginning it with JumpStart. These few verses today are potent. Paul begins with the reason why he wrote the instructions we studied yesterday – to the leadership of the church.
So… you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth. (v.15)
Instructions on how we are to “conduct ourselves” as God’s church. He calls us the “household of God.” God’s family on showcase for the world to see. He goes further and reminds us of two very important things:
- We are the church of the living God
- The church is the pillar and foundation of truth
What do these mean? First – it’s not our church to do with as we wish. It belongs to God and He’s alive. We must honor Him with it. We must ask Him what He wants to do with His church. This will stop all of the selfishness and fighting we see today. Second – we are to be the foundation of truth. Truth should ooze from the church in word and action. Everyone should know that in a day of shifting sand – the church is where you go for truth. We must not give in – back up – or shut up. We must stand for truth (2 Timothy 4).
In verse 16, Paul summarizes the Gospel in a masterful way. Listen to what he writes…
Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith:
Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory. (v.16)
Look at his summary. God came to earth in human form (John 1:14). Paul expresses the miracle of incarnation. God coming to us (John 3:16). He was proven by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:35) This is undoubtedly a reference to the virgin birth. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations (Luke 2). The angels proclaimed the birth of a Savior to the shepherds. He was believed in throughout the world. The message of Jesus has been taken to the world. People in all parts of the world believe in Him. It’s our job to deliver the message (Acts 1:8). Taken to heaven in glory (Acts 1:9-11). Jesus ascended to the right hand of God awaiting the time to come back for His followers.
Thank you God for the simplicity of the Gospel. Now… go and share it today with the people you meet.
Posted by:Tim Parsons