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Nourished on the Truths of the Faith

1 Timothy 4:6

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The first part of this chapter is a warning about false teachings introduced by those who have abandoned the faith and are instead following deceitful spirits. Paul instructed Timothy to stand against these men who were distorting the gospel, pointing out their false teaching to the believers in Ephesus.

If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

1 Timothy 4:6 NIV

Paul told Timothy that if he pointed out these false teachings, he would be a good servant of Jesus. One who would be helping other believers avoid the trap that these deceiving spirits were laying.

But, to recognize and point out falsehood, the servants of Jesus must themselves be well grounded in the faith. We cannot recognize false doctrine if we do not know what true doctrine looks like.

To be nourished on the truths of the faith and good teaching is more than just something you have done in the past. It is an ongoing activity, feeding on God’s word and godly teaching that conforms to God’s word. If you are actively spending time in God’s word and being nourished by it, you will be able to recognize falsehood and help others avoid it. And you will be a good servant of the Lord Jesus.

Read your Bible. Not just on Sunday morning. And not just casually. But regularly feed on it. Take the time to allow its truths to nourish your inner being so that you can grow in your faith and usefulness to our Lord.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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6 thoughts on “Nourished on the Truths of the Faith – 1 Timothy 4:6”

  1. Good to connect with YouVersion for your teaching, easy to find Bible in other language’s & different translations. Thank you. Praying for you all & your ministry. Shalom.

    • Thanks. I know that many people use YouVersion. It is one of many online tools that we are blessed to have now. Personally, I use BibleGateway and Olive Tree and am very happy with them.

      • Hi Ed, thank you for your kind reply, please pray for me & my wife, we are from Sri Lanka , now in Canada BC almost one year, came to see our son & family (to see our grand children ). Now we need to go back to Sri Lanka in February, there are some difficulties. Please pray for us. Shalom. Wick

        • Dear Father, thank you that Wick and his wife were able to travel to visit their son and his family. And I do pray that you would enable their safe return home, overcoming the difficulties that stand in the way.

          • Dear Ed, praise the Lord, thank you for your prayers for us,I’m happy to have fellowship with you, thank you for your daily bible study to help our spiritual journey to follow our Lord Jesus. Please Continue to pray for us & our country Sri Lanka. May God bless you all & your ministry. Shalom.

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