Wednesday - The Benefit of Spiritual Disciplines



Lesson Scriptures: 1 Timothy 4:1-10

Key Lesson Theme: “The Benefit of Spiritual Disciplines”


Today's Lesson: Wednesday, January 20


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1 Timothy 4:4-7a


4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,


5 since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.


6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed.


7a But have nothing to do with pointless and silly myths.



Commentary


Verses 4-5 continue the thought begun in verse 3 dealing with food. First, Paul affirmed every creature of God is good. Creature denotes “every created thing.” “For everything created by God is good” (ESV, CSB). One only needs to reread the creation accounts in Genesis 1–2 to see God’s own assessment of His creative work (Gen. 1:31).


“Notice Paul does not say that ‘everything is good,’ but that ‘everything God created is good.’ Not everything that exists has come unsullied from the Creator’s hand. The creation was followed by the fall, which introduced evil into the world and spoiled much of God’s creation. We therefore need discernment to know what in our human experience is attributable to the creation and what to the fall … We must be careful not to confuse creation and fall, order and disorder, but rather ensure that we celebrate only what God created, and gratefully receive only what he gives.”


Second, nothing is to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. All God created is good and available to benefit humankind. Once more, turn to the creation account. God prepared a garden in which He placed the man (2:8). The garden not only provided food; it also gave him purpose (vv. 9-10,15-16). That being true, it follows that human beings are to receive with gratitude the good that God created, rather than to reject it, dismiss it as bad, or complain about it. At the same time, it should be said that Paul was not encouraging overindulgence in the good things God has created. Food is a manifestation of the grace of God. Thus, we ought to thank Him for it but not misuse it.


All that God made is good and we are to be grateful for it. Yet, it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.


Timothy’s role was to point out the truth of God and the lies of Satan. It is always the responsibility of those who proclaim God’s Word to do so.



What are some lasting truths from 1 Timothy 4:4-7a?


>Everything God created is good and we are to receive it with thanksgiving.

>When we pray with thanksgiving, we are acknowledging what we have has come from God. It is a way we dedicate and consecrate it back to Him.

>Believers have a responsibility to point out the false claims espoused by the world and to make known the truth of the gospel.



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