When the word got out and the Rap Sheet was unearthed, with its disclosure of the crimes committed and the individual’s transformation by the “Grace of God”, my friend said: “What a testimony!” I wanted to reply, and so I headed in a completely different discussion. “May I tell you about the youngster who grew up under the influence of a woman and her mother? They instilled the awesomeness of Scripture until it became “second nature” to him. One day he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, presented by “A Pharisee of the Pharisees”, one called Paul the Apostle.
From all appearances, this man Paul had a profound impression on the young man; so much so that he matured greatly under Paul’s instruction and became a preacher of the Gospel. What a testimony! (One man from a religious, but Pharisaical background; the other from a solid Christian heritage, a follower of Jesus Christ- Timothy.) I am prone to believe that life was a much higher degree of expectation was placed on Timothy.
It was Paul who wrote to Timothy the Epistles (from prison) that bear Paul’s authorship; and it was an adventure for Timothy to have received such encouragement, from so great a man as Paul. He entrusts him with the responsibility of correcting people immersed in “strange doctrines”. These particular doctrines pertain to “myths and genealogies”. One can be certain that the devil is going to be intent on destroying any new-found faith or doctrine; what is exciting is to see one secure in the teachings of God’s Word, the Bible.
When I saw an article this week about a preacher who did not believe in the authority of Scripture, I was reminded of so many other preachers who fell and now fall into that category. Paul said to Timothy: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Plenary-Verbal Inspiration is what we believe and teach! Anything less is derogatory. Refresh your thinking to retain or align yourself to that type of teaching. (2 Timothy 3:15) “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”