Four Trustworthy Statements

Text: 1 Timothy 1:15; 4:7-9; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Titus 3:8

In Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus, he included several trustworthy statements. The facts contained in these statements are worthy of our trust. The ones we will notice in our lesson relate directly to our salvation.

Jesus Came to Save Sinners (1 Timothy 1:15)

  • This was a summary of what God did to make salvation possible – other points relate to our responsibility
  • The reason why Jesus came to earth was to save man (Ephesians 2:16; Luke 19:10) – necessary because we could not save ourselves (Romans 5:6); without His sacrifice, we would have no hope (Ephesians 2:12-13)
  • Salvation is possible through Jesus’ death on the cross (Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:4-10)
  • This was prophesied from the beginning (Genesis 3:15) and planned before Creation (Ephesians 1:4) – God saw to it that this would come to pass (Galatians 4:4-5; Acts 2:23)

Spiritual Things are More Important than Physical Things (1 Timothy 4:7-9)

  • Paul makes a contrast between godliness and bodily discipline (exercise) – godliness is to be preferred because it will benefit us in this life and the one to come
  • Some place too much emphasis on bodily discipline – the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) is their idol
  • Our focus must be on spiritual things (Colossians 3:1-2; Philippians 3:14)
  • Focusing on godliness will cause us to act (1 Timothy 4:10) – God’s word gives us instructions about how to live godly lives (Titus 2:12)

If We Die with Him, We Will Live with Him (2 Timothy 2:11-13)

  • What does it mean to die with Christ? … inspired commentary (Romans 6) – dead to sin, alive to God (v. 8-11); this happens by being obedient to a form of teaching (v. 17); this form of teaching includes baptism into Christ (v. 3-4)
  • If we endure…” – being baptized into Christ begins our Christian walk (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • If we deny Him…” – a Christian can fall away (Jude 4)
  • If we are faithless, He remains faithful…” – not that He will overlook our faithlessness and save us anyway; He will condemn us for our unfaithfulness (Hebrews 4:1)

Christians Must Be Careful to Engage in Good Deeds (Titus 3:8)

  • This verse is preceded by a summary of God’s scheme of redemption (Titus 3:3-7)
  • Careful” – to exercise thought, to consider; Christians are not to act based upon feelings or whims
  • Good deeds” – defined by Scripture, not man (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • We must first be careful with the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15) – then we must be careful to do what they teach (Ephesians 5:15; Colossians 1:10)

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