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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.  

1:5-7 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. 

Arguing about details of the Bible can send us off on interesting but irrelevant tangents and cause us to miss the intent of God’s message.  The false teachers at Ephesus constructed vast speculation systems and then argued about the minor details of their wholly imaginary ideas.

1:7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.     

Many leaders and authorities today demand allegiance, some of whom would even have us turn from Christ to follow them.  When they seem to know the Bible, their influence can be dangerously subtle.  They are modern-day false teachers.  How can you recognize false teachers?

  1. They teach what is contrary to the truth found in Scripture
  2. They promote trivial and divisive controversies instead of helping people come to Jesus
  3. They aren’t concerned about personal evidence of God’s presence in their lives, spending their time on “meaningless talk” instead.
  4. Their motivation is to make a name for themselves

Lets Bring it Home: We should allow nothing to distract us from the god news of salvation in Jesus Christ, the main point of Scripture.  We should know what the Bible says, apply it to our lives daily, and teach it to others.  When we do this, we will be able to evaluate all teachings in light of the central truth about Jesus.  To protect yourself from the deception of false teachers, learn what the Bible teaches and remain steadfast in your faith in Christ alone.


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.