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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Four

V.19 (cont’d.)

** What else was Timothy to guard according to Paul’s 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 God’s grace and not our own ability. cf. 2Corinthians 1:12

2) Respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction when we miss the mark of God’s 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, 2Timothy 3:5

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