This is what God gave me today in his word:
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8)
Train yourself in godliness. Why? Because it’s important. This seems to be what Paul is saying. – First, let’s figure what exactly godliness is. As, in order to train oneself in anything, it’s rather necessary to understand the thing which your training yourself in:
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In its essence, godliness (as an act) means being Godly. Thus Paul is telling Timothy and those with him to be Godly. With that in mind, let’s list some qualities of being Godly (this does have a point, believe it or not):
- Loving; when you’re Godly, you love others.
- Grace; you give grace to (and receive grace from) others.
- Forgiveness; you forgive others.
Or, if you wanted to simplify all those things into one person; Jesus. Paul’s basically telling us to become more Christ-like. In fact, the perfect fulfillment of these things is in Christ (possibly because he was in fact God as well as man, thus was completely Godly) on the cross. When he died for us, it was the perfect display of love, grace and forgiveness… As well as the perfect display of God’s righteous need for justice. – Let’s look at some more qualities of Godliness:
- Justice; as already mentioned, God has a holy sense of justice. And thus having godliness would require that attribute.
- Perfection; to be Godly requires perfection (we’ll get to that in more detail in a moment).
- Instruction; must be able to give (and for us, because we’re human, receive it too).
Justice: how can we be just? How can a former Spiritual outlaw, namely us, have any sense of justice; Any sense of right and wrong? Here, I would like to bring out the fact that the package does come with the label, “some on going training required”. In of ourselves naturally we can’t have justice; this is one of the questions evolutionists actually have a hard time answering (how could morality or justice form out of chaos?). However, in God (who has a perfect and incorruptible) sense of justice, we can learn. Plus, we have the greatest display of justice right in the bible; God requires death for sin, thus Jesus died for our sin.
Perfection: It’s impossible to have godliness if you are not, in fact, perfect. Something that is utterly impossible for us to accomplish. That’s why Jesus accomplished on our behalf on the cross. When he died for us, thus removing our sin and coming to live in our hearts.
Instruction: An attribute Paul had already made known that he wanted Timothy (and crew) to have. For pastors, likewise, it is important. For us, it’s important. We must be able to take instruction and be able to give Godly instruction. – As I said, Paul wanted Timothy (and us) to grow to become more Christ-like, this area is no exception. Jesus shows us the ultimate obedience to instruction when he accepts his fathers will and submits to being crucified. And he shows us how to give Godly instruction when he shows his disciples how to pray.
Godliness can, in fact, be summed up in exactly five words: Jesus Christ On The Cross.
You are Loved!