by Jerry Watts

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Training in Godliness (3 of 3)
Series: A Word to the Church
Jerry Watts
1 Timothy 4:6-10

• For people who have met Christ, one of the priorities is to become 'like' Him. When person begins to live like Christ we have a couple of terms for it which are 'Christlikeness' or 'godliness'. In scripture the term Christian is only use a couple of time and, even though I'm not a linguist, I can never find the term Christlikeness in Holy Scripture, so we must conclude that we are called to godliness which will lead us to Christlikeness. So let's see what scripture says about this. (READ TEXT)
• It would seem obvious from the text that godliness is not an automatic after you are saved because we are told to 'train' for righteousness. Training is a big deal. The method of training used is driven by the desired outcome, that is, what you are training for. For instance, in running there is a vast difference in training for a sprint than for a marathon. To train for football is entirely different than training for basketball or baseball. To train for teaching is different than training for business. Paul tells Timothy (and us) to 'train' or 'prepare' or 'exercise.'
• In the original language the word train means to 'exercise in a simple loin cloth or naked.' A word study reveals this picture in this way; a runner will have no excessive hindrance to doing his best.
• No jewelry, clothes, or no foreign objects of any kind that hinders the person from training to do their best. This past week at lunch with a couple of our men I asked the question, "What do you think is godliness?" After hearing their answers, I mentioned this scripture and about training in godliness and raised their eyebrows when I mentioned training really means training naked. One quickly responded that, in spiritual terms, to be able to focus on becoming like God without any of the issues of the world crowding in. We will never 'train' to be 'godly' IF the 'things of this world' ar ...

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