Under Gods Command

 1 Timothy 1:3-4 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrine any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies.  These promote controversies rather than God’s work, which is by faith.   

The church at Ephesus may have been plagued by the same heresy that was threatening the church at Colosse-the teaching that to be acceptable to God, a d person had to discover certain hidden knowledge and had to worship angels (Colossians 2:8 18).  The false teachers were motivated by their own interests rather than Christ’s.  They embroiled the church in endless and irrelevant questions and controversies, taking precious time away from the study of the truth.

Lets Bring it Home: Stay away from religious speculation and pointless theological arguments.  Such exercises may seem harmless at first, but they have a way of sidetracking us from the central message of the gospel-the person and work of Jesus Christ.  They expend time we should use to share the gospel with others, and they don’t help people grow in the faith.  Avoid anything that keeps you from doing God’s work.

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