Holding Faith Part 1

1Timothy 1:18-20 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them might war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 

‘This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy’ – Same as the commandment in 1Timothy 1:5 given to Timothy as to what he was to obey according to God’s commandments.

‘Prophecies which went before’ – Referring perhaps to those that were uttered when spiritual gifts were imparted to Timothy (4:14; 2Tim. 1:6) to enable him to continue with Paul’s commission as given by Jesus Christ.

‘That thou by them might war a good warfare.’ Three necessary things to save the soul: Fight a good warfare (1:18; 2Tim. 2:4). Hold faith (1:19; 3:9; Heb. 3:6, 12-14; 4:11; 6:4-9; 10:23, 26-29, 36-39). Maintain a good conscience (1:19).

‘Put away’ [Greek: apotheomai] thrust away; drive away; beat off; banish; repel; reject; disdain. Translated “put away” (1:19); “put from” (Acts 13:46); “thrust from” (Acts 7:27, 39); and “cast away” (Rom. 11:1-2). How could these thrust away their faith and make shipwreck of it if such were not possible? If one can make shipwreck of his faith, does he still have faith that will save the soul?

‘Shipwreck’ [Greek: nauageo] shipwreck; crash, smash, or be ruined (2Cor. 11:25).

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