Paul And Practical Truths

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3. 1 Timothy 4:8b-9 "But godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation."
This saying is of a different "sort of proverbial maxim" according to Eugene Stock, author of Practical Truths from the Pastoral Epistles. This saying is often debated whether or not to include verses 7 and 8a. For this passage, it makes sense that Paul would not make an important statement about the lack of profit of exercise. Paul, instead, showed that in verse 8a as an introduction for a comparison.
A. Doctrine
Paul emphasized the fact that godliness is of profit in all things and in all situations. When Paul compares the profit of bodily exercise
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The first application is to covet after godliness. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus explains, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The Christian should seek above all else Christ and him crucified, risen, and coming again. The second application is to set your affections on this not of this world. The Christian should not be bogged down by the weight of sin and "stuff" that so easily besets us. Man should dwell on things of eternal significance and not that of temporal waste. The third application is to live in the reality of the presence of a Holy, Omnipresent God and be …show more content…
Paul confirms to Timothy to continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them (2 Timothy 3:14). The second application from this saying is to come to decide that even if no one else follows, still the growing Christian will follow Christ even through persecution and unto death of a martyr. Stock states, "Meanwhile, let us endure all our suffering with patient courage, knowing that we are to reign as kings with Him by and by!"
5. Titus 3:8 "This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."
The fifth and final saying of Paul is to Titus. This saying not only is like the first that Paul more emphatically exclaims the importance of the saying, but also this saying is a conclusion of the gospel and the saying for exhortation for the growing Christian. Knight implores, "Paul reminds them [Cretans] that they were once just like these fellow pagans and that in that condition God demonstrated love and kindness to them. By implication the Christians are called on to emulate

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