"I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith" (I Timothy 1:3-4).
The Apostle Paul's called Timothy to know and communicate Truth for genuine edification, as opposed to titilation or knowledge for the mere sake of knowledge. God's Word never concerns merely philosophy, although it is the most philosophical document in existence. His light always accomplishes vocational and functional purposes. He reveals Truth to enable thinking that leads to practical faith and faithfulness. Paul likely knew and understood God's truth better than any believer who ever lived, having been caught up into Heaven where he heard "unspeakable words, not lawful to be uttered" (II Corinthians 12:4). He was also the most active of Christians as doctrine rightly assimilated led to deeds rightly applied. "I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me" (I Corinthians 15:10).
The Scriptures are never fully understandable, being inspired by the God whose "understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5). We can, however, know them well enough to enable our growing knowledge and application regarding our walk with the Lord. Light leads to life. "Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law" (Psalm 119:34). Teaching that merely titillates or raises more questions than it answers should be summarily rejected by all sincere believers. We are on a "need to know" basis with our Lord. The truths and doctrines of the Bible that lead to "godly edifying which is in faith" are that which we need to know. We must be aware that our spiritual enemies seek to distract us from the "weightier matters" of knowing our Lord and His truth. Thereby He changes us more and more into spiritual and moral likeness to the Lord Jesus (Matthew 23:23). We learn, know, and understand in order to love, trust, and obey. No other reason exists for seeking God in His Word, or for availing ourselves of the communicators He calls to proclaim His truth in a manner that accomplishes the purposes our Lord intends…
"So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
"The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law."
Weekly Memory Verse
We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
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