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1 Timothy

Jul 11, 2021 | Randy Gunter

Training in Godliness Part 2

Training in Godliness, Part 2

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:6-10 ESV)

Follow biblical training of faith and good doctrine.

By grace, God positioned Timothy well to know the words of faith and good doctrine.

Timothy’s steps of faith:

  1. Timothy experienced God’s heart-conditioning.
  2. He heard and responded to the gospel of Jesus.
  3. He submitted himself to the faith and sound doctrine taught by his church.
  4. He followed God’s word with faithful practice.
  5. He purposefully pursued a lifetime of training for godliness.

Which of these steps of faith are evident in you?

Train yourself for godliness by knowing and practicing God’s word through the power of the Holy Spirit.

When the Apostle wrote the words “train yourself,” he used a common phrase that the Ephesians would understand. Similarly, we may say that if you want to be physically fit, you must eat well and train hard. Paul applies a spiritual reality—Eat well and train hard for godliness.

John MacArthur defines godliness as “a right attitude and response toward the true Creator God; a preoccupation from the heart with holy and sacred realities.”

Godliness is the opposite of worldliness.

Since the Bible expresses the holy realities of God, training ourselves for godliness comes from our reading and practicing the truths, commands, and doctrines of God’s word. The Holy Spirit empowers such training through transformed hearts—hearts made new by Jesus Christ.

Warning: A spiritual counterfeit attempts godliness without the Lord’s regenerative work in his heart. The Holy Spirit empowers godliness in hearts made anew in Christ Jesus.

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV)

Godly people are eager to practice self-discipline, choosing to walk by the Spirit rather than gratifying the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

As Olympic champions train diligently, so we must train spiritually. (See 1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

Keep in mind that godliness holds promise for today and in the life to come.

Bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8 ESV)

We should steward well the bodies God has given us to be as productive as possible.  However, bodily training is limited because there is an appointed day when our bodies will fail—our bodies have expiration dates prestamped by God.

Training for godliness blesses our lives on earth and throughout eternity. Therefore, we must be mindful that what we do now impacts our experiences throughout eternity.

Training in godliness will make you a better ___________.

When godly people enter eternity, it will be clear how valuable training for godliness is. “When godly lives move into the new climate (of eternity), their godliness will bloom like an ever-unfolding flower for all eternity. Godliness will continue its occupation begun on earth—that of serving God to his glory.” (Kent Hughes)

Work hard and strive in life and ministry with your hope set on Jesus, your Savior.

Is Jesus your Savior? Only he can justify you and declare you holy.

Godliness isn’t the result of our good works; it is the fruit of complete surrender to Jesus and constantly looking to him for grace.

Do you have a good diet and regular training for faith and good doctrine?

What is your daily training routine for godliness?

Who might you ask to be your spiritual workout partner?

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