The Big Read – Daily Read
1 Timothy 4:11-16
v11-12: “Those who teach with words must also make sure that their teaching is supported by their life, for otherwise they pull down with one hand what they are building up with the other.”
v13: Pastors are to “read and explain, read and urge what he reads.” In both his preaching and teaching “he must teach the people both what to do and what to believe.” They can only do this if they have been taught themselves, which is why giving attention to the public reading, exhortation, and teaching will require them to “be concerned with their studies so that they may improve in knowledge.”
v14-15: Those whom Christ has appointed to be pastors and teachers have been given by Him the gifts required to do this work, and are themselves a gift from Christ to His church. It is important they do not neglect the gifts they have been given and instead seek to grow in them.
v16: Pastors should be concerned that, in the first place, they have been saved by Jesus. Then in their preaching, they “should aim at the salvation of those who hear them.” Keeping watch over themselves, their own life and doctrine closely is essential.
Devotional notes adapted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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