Tuesday in the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

2 Timothy 3:14-15

Continuing in the Faith

Perseverance.  So much of what the Christian life is about is perseverance, which Paul expresses here, saying, “But as for you, continue….”  Now continuing—persevering—is something the wicked do as well, for as we learned yesterday, “Evil people and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”  This teaches us that “continuing” and “persevering” is something people—the righteous and the wicked alike—do; that is, it is not an attitude but a behavior, unconscious or not.  If you will be a Christian growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (and what Christian isn’t doing these things if he be truly saved), you will be one who is continuing.

The question is then asked: Continue in what?  And the answer is ready on the Apostle’s lips, “In what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.”  Paul will go on to say that this which Timothy was taught is the sacred writings (Scripture) and how those writings “make [one] wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” (the gospel).  So what young Timothy had been taught both from his mother and grandmother (1:5) and the Apostle himself were the sacred writings of the law and prophets (Old Testament) and how those writings were now fulfilled and understood through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is the most important thing—the Scriptures and the gospel.  But Timothy may still acknowledge and understand as authoritative those who taught these truths to him.

I must stop and speak to the matter of what Scripture is teaching us here; in short, the importance of parents and grandparents teaching the faith to their children.  The local church was never meant to be a substitute for the family; every Christian home is a microcosm of the church at large.  Mom and Dad must be sure to be the primary influences and shapers of their children’s minds and hearts, and they must shape them through the teaching of Scripture.  Even the Apostle Paul who was ever preaching grace through faith and the inefficacy of the law for salvation never cursed his heritage but embraced it which he now understood in the light of Christ.  A godly heritage must be the goal of every parent; to raise that child to know, read, and love the Scriptures, to pray fervently for his and her salvation and that they grow to become men and women of God—this is the task of the Christian home which is both church and school.  And it is the best way to see that they “continue in what [they] have learned and have firmly believed.”

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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