June 13, 2019

A parents last words to the kids as they leave the house are usually deemed the most important. Words like, “You have our cell numbers so call us if there is an emergency. No leaving the house for any reason and no friends over. The television and all video games must be turned off by 8:30 and we want you in bed by 9.” Those instructions are usually given to the oldest sibling in charge.

Well Paul realizes that his time left on this earth is short and this letter could be his last words to Timothy so he cuts to the chase and now tells him what he deems most important.

2 Timothy 3:14–15 (NLT) — 14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.

Timothy grew up with a godly grandmother and mother. They schooled him in the scriptures. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every child was schooled in the scriptures? Think of how many children growing up today that have never been taught the holy scriptures from childhood. Do you think this world would be different today if everyone had been given the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus? Do you see how important these last words of Paul are? He is reinforcing in Timothy’s mind that the scriptures are the truth and that his life depends on him being faithful to them.

Timothy was fortunate that he had a grandmother and mother that could be trusted to teach him the truth. So many children grow up with parents who are not trustworthy when it comes to teaching the truth. Here these last words speak to us. Would Paul be able to say to our children and grandchildren, ” You must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.” Are we faithful to teach our children and grandchildren the scriptures? We will if we truly believe that the scriptures give us the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting Jesus.

I cannot think of anything more valuable than the scriptures. Can you place a value on the wisdom given to us by the scriptures on receiving salvation by trusting in Jesus? The Koran doesn’t teach this and neither does the Book of Mormon. No other religion teaches this. CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, the History Channel,  The Times, New Your Post, Fergus Falls Daily Journal, etc. do not teach this. The scriptures point us to Jesus, the one who gives us eternal life.

Deuteronomy 4:5–9 (NLT) — 5 “Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy. 6 Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’ 7 For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him? 8 And what great nation has decrees and regulations as righteous and fair as this body of instructions that I am giving you today? 9 “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

John 5:39 (NLT) — 39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

The scriptures all point to Jesus and so should our lives.

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