1 Timothy 1:1 New English Translation (NET Bible)
1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 to Timothy, my genuine child in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord!
3 As I urged you when I was leaving for Macedonia, stay on in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to spread false teachings, 4 nor to occupy themselves with myths and interminable genealogies. Such things promote useless speculations rather than God’s redemptive plan that operates by faith.
5 But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
6 Some have strayed from these and turned away to empty discussion. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not understand what they are saying or the things they insist on so confidently.
1) By command of God
2) The object and goal of our instruction is love
3) Everything must stem from love with the right motive – a pure heart
I am gifted. I want to be used by God. I want my giftings to be recognized.
God moved through you, you get excited and get assured of your faith. This is the wrong motive. It becomes an addiction to be driven for assurance of who you are.
No. God moves through you because Salvation is affirmed in you not in order to affirm your identity.
Do not do ministry so that your identity can be established.
This is done because you haven’t recognized that our identity is with and in Him.
Minister to people because you see yourself as loved by God. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We all have a need for love but we’ve forgotten that “while we were yet sinners Messiah died for us.”
We get hurt.
God stands there. “So, you think sorry is enough? You let me down. I trusted you. Oh, why do I bother?”
Ridiculous, huh? Yes – because we know Who He is.
If it is ridiculous for God, why isn’t it ridiculous for us?
Beware the habits of the fallen man. Beware of the language of the fallen man.
If our heart is not pure, then there is motivation from the fallen man. That’s as far as you can go.
Why we do things is what the Ruach reveals, through the Word of God, to anyone who wants to know.
Pure heart: the heart of Yeshua: motivated by love: because our salvation is assured. καθαρός katharos; a prim. word; clean (adj.):–
clean (12), clear (3), innocent (1), pure
Clear conscience: no shame ἀγαθός agathos; of unc. or.; good:–
generous (1), good (81), good man (2), good thing (6), good things (6), goodness (1), goods (2), kind (1), kindly (1), kindness
Sincere faith: ἀνυπόκριτος anupokritos; from 1 (as a neg. pref.) and 5271; unhypocritical, unfeigned:–
genuine (1), sincere (3), without hypocrisy: motive is love for another.