LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Stray Sheep

Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,
(1 Timothy 1:6 – ESV)

These certain persons stray from teaching those qualities that issue from good doctrine, they go from a pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith into vain discussions, silly distractions, and such. They are straying from a love for the truth, and led by their desire to be teaching so-called deep truths. Paul is telling Timothy that he is down in the depths and that he has been given the deep truths, and that if others are trying to go “deeper’ they are leading people astray.

Looking at 1 Timothy 1:4,6,7 we see that the evil that the enemy sought to introduce, with regard to doctrine, had a twofold character; fables of human imagination, and the introduction of the law into Christianity. The first he dismisses as human folly, but the second he explains in verses 8-13, because the law does have its proper use. The law is to bring us to Christ.

In 2 Timothy 2:25-26, Paul appears to speak of believers who have been led astray through false teaching. Satan thus strives to hold people captive to do his will by deceiving them to believe what is false and misleading. If nothing else, this text emphasizes how crucial sound doctrine is. Elders must rebuke but eventually may need to remove those who lead others astray.

True love is never served by compromising the truth. There is no greater expression of love for another than the willingness to make painful and unpopular decisions for the sake of bringing an errant brother into the light. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends (John 15:13 – ESV). Lay down his life for his friend, willing to be wounded because of the backlash, waiting for God to vindicate the position and the truth of the friendship. Long term compassion for them rather than short term comfort for you.

Paul is saying, “Timothy, some of the sheep have wandered away, and you have to go get them and bring them back. You may die in the short term, but they live in the long term. You have to go and pick up the strays, even if they bite you at first.”

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6 Comments:

Blogger Even So... said...

Martin Luther was such a shepherd as this...willing and intentional as to the truth...Happy Reformation Day!

October 31, 2007 6:25 AM

 
Blogger Daniel said...

they go from a pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith into vain discussions, silly distractions, and such...Paul is telling Timothy that he is down in the depths and that he has been given the deep

It is as clear as glass when you see it - a mastery of doctrine is utterly bankrupt if while holding it one has neglected the purpose of sound doctrine love from a pure heart, a good conscience towards God and men, and sincere faith in Spirit and in truth. Would that we would all learn to "master" being Christians with the same zeal we pour into mastering our doctrine - then whatever is "deep" would look after itself.

Good post JD.

October 31, 2007 7:32 AM

 
Blogger donsands said...

Jesus said if you love me then tend and feed My sheep.

Is there a greater calling, and yet more responsible calling upon the earth?

"You have to go and pick up the strays, even if they bite you at first.”

I wonder is it okay to use the rod and staff a bit on the sheep who like to bite?

October 31, 2007 7:56 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

As you say sound doctrine leads to a pure heart and love. The whole counsel of God and the whole gospel must be affirmed, preached, and defended.

This is a very good series.

October 31, 2007 9:35 AM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

More to come, actually some stuff I am very excited about...you can see it already posted over at Voice...

October 31, 2007 9:43 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

"... Lay down his life for his friend, willing to be wounded because of the backlash, waiting for God to vindicate the position and the truth of the friendship. Long term compassion for them rather than short term comfort for you.

Paul is saying, “Timothy, some of the sheep have wandered away, and you have to go get them and bring them back. You may die in the short term, but they live in the long term. You have to go and pick up the strays, even if they bite you at first.”

I know the feeling.

October 31, 2007 11:07 AM

 

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