Holding the Faith with a good conscience. This was the basic charge that the Apostle Paul gave to young Timothy. If we are to continue in our faith we need to know who we are and who God is. This sounds really basic, but it needs to be in our very being to understand the basic nature of our relationship to Him. It is a relationship of grace, but also one of authority and submission. Those who reject the later half of this relationship are in danger of exposing the fact that they really do not know Christ at all.
Paul warns Timothy about some who sacrificed their good conscience and lost their faith, that is, they did not submit themselves to God’s authority and ended up making shipwreck of their faith.
1 Timothy 1:18-20 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Last time, we saw how this command relates to prayer and godly living in our unsaved and potentially hostile society. As we submit to God and His authority, we trust Him in the area of our political leaders, we pray for all men, including those leaders, and we live in godliness and we live honorably. This is important to God because it is His way of reaching the world with the Gospel.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
God has chosen to make the Gospel known to men through other men. And the Gospel must have an effect on all who claim its promise of forgiveness. One necessary, defining characteristic of the Believer is trusting obedience, submitting ourselves to God’s plan. And today we see why that is so important.
1 Timothy 2:5-7 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying–a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
That reason is, that there are no other alternatives. There is only One God and there is only One Way to that God, through Jesus Christ. The prescribed method of men coming to Christ is for other men to pray, live godly, honorable lives and testify of the Savior, faithfully and truly. God intends that the Gospel go out to every nation, tribe and tongue and we who know Him are the vehicle by which He has chosen to send it. If you know Christ as Savior, then the Gospel came to you through a person. Would you judge others as unworthy of what you have received as an undeserved gift? Your lifestyle will tell. Are you a person who is a person of prayer, for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority? Are you godly and honorable in your living among the unsaved? Are you testifying of the Gospel where the Lord has put you? To reject this basic description of the lives of those who “hold faith and a good conscience” is to put yourself in the place of being exposed as a false convert, of “suffering shipwreck concerning the faith.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
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