More On 1 Timothy 4:16

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Seems to me there are three groups of Christians.

1) Those who live a certain way and assume their way is righteous because how could it not be? Others are held up to their way of living rather than any standard in God’s Word. They don’t produce followers of Christ, they produce followers of them.

2) Those who know doctrine and assume because they know it they must be doing it. These people are not always the most informed. Their main problem is that they think they know what they are talking about. Usually they have a half-knowledge of any given subject and thus assume they are all right.

3) Those who heed Paul’s warning and learn God’s Word and watch how they live. These are the ones who really help others. Watching your life and doctrine leads to salvation. If what you are doing does not match up with what you believe–check what you believe–is it biblical? If so, then change your behavior. If not, then change your belief.

I often hear people criticize those who emphasize doctrine and I also hear criticism of those who emphasize victorious, happy-happy living. Both are good in one aspect, both are bad in another. If you combine the two–sound doctrine with victorious living, benefits will abound both for you and anyone who hears you.

If the Church did both of these it would be running smoothly. The fact that it’s not running smoothly is proof that we are not. So what are we waiting for? Know it and live it.

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