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THE WORD FROM THE LORD
Dr. Stan Coffey
II Timothy 3:14-17
This will be the last in this series on THE WORD FROM THE LORD, based on Jeremiah 37:17, when Zedekiah the king in crisis, in a situation facing the defeat of his nation and the exile of Israel, asked the question of Jeremiah, "Is there any word from the Lord?" We've been looking at the word from the Lord for us in the Twenty-first century. "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it." (II Timothy 3:14) Many people get off track in the Christian life. One of the things that gets people off track is they think that everything that comes along that's new and innovative is of God. They don't realize, particularly when they are new in their faith, that they must weigh everything in light of what they have studied and what they have been taught, remembering who taught them those things. It is awfully tempting to want to go off on every theological tangent that comes along. What we need to do is go back to what we were taught originally, what we learned originally. Here Paul is writing to his young pastor, Timothy, but he is also writing to every child of God. He's making it a direct reference to Timothy, who pastors the great church at Ephesus. Oh, how it would be well for every pastor to go back to his spiritual roots and remember what he has been taught and from whom he was taught it, especially, of course, if that person is one who preaches and teaches the Word of God.
"Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it. And how from infancy you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness: So that the man of God may be through ...
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