The Big Read – Daily Read
1 Timothy 4:6-10
v6: We need to be regularly reminded of the things of God we have heard before, “for we tend to forget, and are slow to learn and remember.” This is true for pastors and elders who themselves “need to grow and increase in the knowledge of Christ and his teaching.” One of the best ways they can do this is by teaching and reminding the members of the church, because as they teach others, they are also teaching themselves.
v7-9: “We must… train ourselves in godliness. We must not only stop doing evil; we must also learn to do right.” This requires effort, including making sure we don’t waste our time with teachings and traditions that neither promote faith or godliness.
v10: Our trust and our hope is in the living God who is the Saviour of all people, and this “should encourage us in all our services and sufferings for him.” God is the Saviour of all, in that He “has a general goodwill for the eternal salvation of everyone insofar as he is not willing that anyone should perish… and he does not desire the death of sinners,” but He “is especially the Saviour of true believers.”
Devotional notes adapted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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