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Glorify God by teaching and living the truth in the context of love and faithfulness in the Gospel.

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Introduction

Teach and Live the truth in the context of love.

A. Combat false doctrine.
1 Timothy 1:3–4 AV 1873
3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
B. Be Motivated by love.
1 Timothy 1:5 AV 1873
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
I Tim. 1:5
Pure Heart----Love pours naturally from a cleansed heart.
Titus 1:15 AV 1873
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
James
2 Timothy 2:22 AV 1873
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
A Good Conscience—Untainted and sincere heart.
2 Timothy 2:5 AV 1873
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
2 Timothy 1:5 AV 1873
5 when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
Faith unfained—BKC Says “unhypocritical”
2 Timothy 1:5 AV 1873
5 when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Each member of this beautiful trio speaks of a purity and integrity which produces the most exquisite kind of selfless love, seen in its ultimate form in God’s love itself. Whereas the false teachers were motivated by worthless curiosity, Paul’s instruction was designed to promote the most magnificent of virtues by maintaining the purity of the church’s teaching. God’s truth always purifies the human spirit, while error putrifies it.

This leads to the most selfless love: God’s kind of love.
1 Corinthians 13:1–3 AV 1873
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have no charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
C. Avoid meaningless speech
Swerved to vain janglings—Meaningless and empty verbiage.
I Tim 1:6-
1 Timothy 1:6 AV 1873
6 from which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
1 Tim. 1:
1 Timothy 6:21 AV 1873
21 which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
I TIm. 1:
2 Timothy 2:18 AV 1873
18 who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
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Elevation of the law
-Rather than seeing the law’s inequity, they were ignorantly married to it.—not even knowing what it said.
Galatians 5:13–14 AV 1873
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Gal 5:
-Real purpose of the law is that it reveals our need of grace
1 Timothy 1:8–10 AV 1873
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Galatians 3:24–25 AV 1873
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Neat relationship with the law:

Paul provided a striking list of examples which seem to be intentionally based on the Ten Commandments (cf. Ex. 20:3–17). The list begins with three pairs corresponding to the first table of the Decalogue dealing with offenses against God: (1) lawbreakers and rebels, (2) the ungodly and sinful, (3) the unholy (anosiois, “not devout”; cf. hosious in 1 Tim. 2:8) and irreligious (bebēlois, “profane”; cf. 4:7; 6:20; 2 Tim. 2:16). Paul then listed violators of the first five commandments of the second table of the Decalogue: those who kill their fathers or mothers represent the ultimate violation of the fifth commandment, and murderers the sixth. Adulterers and perverts pertain to the seventh commandment, which was generally broadly interpreted to include all forms of sexual sin. Slave traders may correspond to the eighth commandment since kidnapping was viewed as the ultimate act of stealing (Ex. 21:16; Deut. 24:7). Liars and perjurers clearly pertain to the ninth commandment. Only the 10th commandment (“You shall not covet”) is not included (but cf. Rom. 7:7). Paul concluded this inventory of sinners with an all-inclusive reference to any behavior which is contrary to sound doctrine (lit., to “healthy teaching”; cf. 2 Tim. 1:13), including no doubt the very behavior of the false teachers themselves. “Doctrine” here is didaskalia, “teaching” or “the content taught,” used seven times in this epistle: 1 Timothy 1:10; 4:1, 6, 13, 16; 5:17; 6:1.

D. Sound doctrine is always rooted in the gospel and so is sound love.
1 Timothy 1:10–11 AV 1873
10 for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Experience and live God’s grace in a gospel driven life.

1 Timothy 1:13–15 AV 1873
13 who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
I Tim. 1:12-1
1 Timothy 1:12–15 AV 1873
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
A. Reality of who we were.
B. Reality of who we are.
C. The glorious truth of the gospel has brought us there.
1 Timothy 1:15–17 AV 1873
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Faithfulness in the Gospel is grace based.

1 Timothy 1:12 AV 1873
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
1 Timothy 1:16–19 AV 1873
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away, concerning faith have made shipwrack:
Performance based living is based in a desire to earn favor with God and others. Gospel living is a life that says because of God’s grace I will bring glory to God by:
Teaching and living truth in the context of love.
Experience and live God’s Grace in a Gospel life.
Be faithful in the gospel by God’s grace.
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