Chapter One, Lesson Four
CONSCIENTIOUS EFFORT Page
** What else was Timothy to guard according to Pauls command?
...and a good conscience... Make no mistake about it, a
good conscience is the result of a pure life. Like his spiritual mentor,
Timothy was to maintain a blameless conscience.
cf. Acts 23:1, 24:16
** Did that mean that Paul was sinless, or that he was calling Timothy
to be sinless?
No - that would be impossible! cf. 1John 1:8
** So, if we are all sinners, how do we maintain a clear
or good conscience?
1) Strive to live obediently to what we know, while being completely
dependent upon Gods grace and not our own ability. cf. 2Corinthians
2) Respond to the Holy Spirits conviction when we miss
the mark of Gods holiness, because we have listened to our sinful
flesh. cf. John 16:7-8, James 1:14, Romans 7:21
3) Repent and ask God for forgiveness, thanking Him for the
clean heart that only He can create.
cf. 1John 1:9, Psalm 51:10
** According to Paul, was everyone willing to accept this command as
wise counsel from God through the apostle?
No - some had rejected it, to their own demise! While
Paul was calling Timothy and other believers to making a Conscientious
Effort in their walk with the Lord and battle for the truth,
some chose to reject that calling.
** What impact did rejecting Godly counsel have upon their souls?
They had ...suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
The faith they had proclaimed with their mouths did not stand the test
of living for the truth. Wanting to be teachers of the Law,
they developed lifestyles which denied the Master and caused their hope
for salvation to be dashed upon the rocks of unbelief. cf. 2Peter 2:1-3,
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