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 Daily Bible Study  March 14, 2002 

 Scripture and Commentary



 1 Timothy 6 (NIV)

  3   If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,
  4   he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife,
malicious talk, evil suspicions
  5   and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial

 20   Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called
 21   which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you. 

  2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)

14   Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
15   Do your best to present yourself to God* as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
16   Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
17   Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18   who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.
19   Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," [1] and, "Everyone who
confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

*King James: Study to show yourself approved unto God ...

  2 Timothy 3 (NIV)

14   But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
15   and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16   All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
17   so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 These scriptures on the left point out our need to study the Bible for ourselves.  They warn us about teaching false doctrines.  We must study to know the truth.  We, too, need to guard what has been entrusted to our care.  This means praying as well as studying, because we don't want to get into controversies and quarrels about words.
  When we find ourselves disagreeing with a brother, we need to study ourselves, not to prove a point, but to find out the truth.  
  If a brother or sister comes with a different point of view, we need to read the scriptures they quote and let the scriptures flow over us.  We need to sense the meaning.  When a fellow-believer disagrees with us, then maybe God is asking us to take a closer look.

From the International Bible Society comes this passage for today:

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
  He saved us through the  washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7 NIV)

Scripture is taken from the New International Version of the Bible.  We encourage you to familiarize yourself with other versions also.  This commentary is copyright Rick Galbraith, March 13, 2002.  It is my "daily devotions," my own study of the Scriptures, and you are invited to share it with me.