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1 Timothy 1:5 – The consummation of the charge

26-09-2023 - Posted by Hans

Now the consummation of the charge is love out of a clean heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith.

“The charge” (Gr. paraggelia) referred to here refers to the “charging” (Gr. paraggello) in verse 3. Timothy would charge some “not to teach any other teach.” That charge sounds rather grim and strict, but Paul assures Timothy that its purpose is “love.” I.e. agape love, which is love that is unconditional and lasting, regardless of whether it is reciprocated. That is characteristic of the love of God, which is stronger than all hatred and enmity. It is that love of God that is taught in “sound teaching” and that honors GOD as “the happy GOD” because His plans and purposes always prosper (1 Tim. 1:11). Despite all resistance and disbelief on man’s part.

Nothing is as purifying as “sound teaching”. It cleanses the heart and provides man with a “good conscience”. “The teaching” that Paul continually insists on and which tolerates no deviation does not have man as its subject. It is also not about what we should do or not do. Because it is precisely that focus that clouds the heart, conscience and faith. The Gospel, on the other hand, tells who GOD is and what He is able to do!