Handling Truth

Posted by on Nov 1, 2009 in Devotional, Rev. Serven

“Handling Truth”

1 Timothy 6:20-21 November 1, 2009

Pastor Marcus J. Serven

Covenant Family Church (RPCGA)

Here at the end of Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he gives one final sweeping exhortation to the youthful pastor of Ephesus. Paul strongly urges him to “guard the deposit entrusted unto you” (vs. 20). By this phrase Paul means that Timothy must courageously defend the Gospel from all attackers and despisers. This is a tall order for such a young man, but evidently Paul is confident that Timothy can accomplish this very thing. In his following letter Paul instructs Timothy in how to accomplish this goal (2 Timothy 2:15):

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

In this one sentence Paul reveals an extremely important method for gaining expertise in the Bible—you must constantly read it and thoroughly study it! Only in this way will you understand and appreciate the truths that you must contend for, by serious reading and reflection. With God’s help let us do it!

The Main Point of this Text:

“O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.” 1 Timothy 6:20a

1. One Gospel to Defend, (vs. 20a)

2. Two Behaviors to Avoid, (vs. 20b)

3. Three Examples of Apostasy, (vs. 21a)

4. Four Ways of Handling the Truth, (vs. 21b)