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As a background to our series, Scripture is quite clear that God is truth! Let's hear what scripture has to say about:

The Father - "Thy word is truth" (John 17:17)

The Son - "I am the way, and the truth, and the life" (John 14:6)

The Holy Spirit - He "is the Spirit of truth" (John 14:17).

By contrast, scripture affirms that Satan is a liar and the father of lies (cf. John 8:44). His very nature is to lie and deceive. Jesus even predicted that His beloved church would be attacked by Satan's false teachers in the last days. He said, "false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect (Matthew 24:24).

The apostle Paul warned the Ephesian church elders (where Timothy is now ministering [1Timothy 1:3]) against these Satanically inspired false teachers. (cf. Acts 20:28-32)

Paul wants Timothy (and us) to take the proper stand against Satan's lie with the Truth of God's precious word. That is why he repeatedly admonished him regarding doctrine.

All see -. 1Timothy 1:3-4, 1Timothy 4:1-2, 1Timothy 4:6, 1Timothy 6:3-5, 2Timothy 1:13-14 and 2Timothy 4:1-4

So the battle rages on, but what are we to do? For the answer, let's get into our passage for today.

V.14 ** What kind of things was Timothy to remind the Ephesian Christians about?

All that Paul had just said in this chapter. He has just told Timothy to avoid becoming entangled in the world's system by:
1) maintaining a wholehearted devotion, that is trying to please the lord (V. 3-4);
2) competing according to the rules, obeying God's word (V. 5);
3) working hard, being diligent to handle the word of God accurately (V. 6).

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