Paul exhorted Timothy to blamelessly keep the good confession that Jesus made when testifying before Pontius Pilate. Alistair Begg uses additional Scripture passages to remind us what that confession was and what it means for us today. Jesus was bold in His confession, and He calls us to be bold in our commitment to Him because neutrality of faith is not an option.
11But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before4 Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
28Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters.6 It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
33So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. 39But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.7
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.
For many, the Church is merely a gathering of people participating in religious activities. But the Bible makes clear that what God desires is a relationship with His children. When individuals grasp the immensity of God’s grace and respond in faith, they are born again by His Spirit and are incorporated into the Household of Faith.
In this series, Alistair Begg explores the first five chapters of 1Timothy, noting how keen Paul was to ensure that Timothy fulfilled his duties with moral integrity and Biblical authority. Recognizing that godly leadership was vital for the progress of the Church, Paul warned Timothy of false teachers and provided instructions for the proper conduct of God’s people in God’s household. When Christians have a proper sense of God and refuse to compromise, our lives will reflect Him, our service will glorify Him, our worship will please Him, and generations to come will be grounded in His Truth.
|Counterfeit Christianity||1 Timothy 1:1-11|
|The Worst Sinner of Them All||1 Timothy 1:12-20|
|Public Prayer: Its Importance and Scope||1 Timothy 2:1-8|
|The Place and Posture of Christian Women, Part One||1 Timothy 2:9-15|
|The Place and Posture of Christian Women, Part Two||1 Timothy 2:9-15|
|Elders-Taking Care of God's Church||1 Timothy 3:1-7|
|Deacons and Their Wives||1 Timothy 3:8-16|
|The Mystery of Godliness||1 Timothy 3:14-16|
|The Approaching Apostasy||1 Timothy 4:1-5|
|Pastoral Priorities in Dealing with False Teaching||1 Timothy 4:6-16|
|Different Strokes for Different Folks||1 Timothy 5:1-16|
Since the early days of Christianity, false teachers have sought to water down the Gospel and use it for their own glory and financial gain. While money and wealth are not necessarily evil, they can become idols, distracting our focus from God, granting a false sense of security, and inclining us to the appeal of false teaching.
In Volume 2 of the Household of Faith series, Alistair Begg completes the study of 1 Timothy, addressing the various responsibilities and risks of church leadership. He notes that great care and wisdom must be exercised in the choosing of leaders because they can either establish a pattern of spiritual maturity in the congregation or contribute to the downfall of the church. Central to the preservation of the Church is the necessity to maintain the purity of the Gospel and pass it on to future generations. Christian maturity and contentment come as we trust God’s providence and provision, understanding that it is by God’s grace and enabling that we enter into the Household of Faith.
|Lessons in Leadership, Part One||1 Timothy 5:17-25|
|Lessons in Leadership, Part Two||1 Timothy 5:17-25|
|True Servants||1 Timothy 6:1-5|
|False Teachers||1 Timothy 6:3-5|
|Contentment or Corruption, Part One||1 Timothy 6:6-10|
|Contentment or Corruption, Part Two||1 Timothy 6:6-10|
|A Charge to a Man of God, Part One||1 Timothy 6:11-16|
|A Charge to a Man of God, Part Two||1 Timothy 6:11-16|
|The Good Confession||1 Timothy 6:11-13 John 18:28-40|
|Glory to God||1 Timothy 6:14-16|
|Money Talk||1 Timothy 6:17-19|
|Guarding the Gospel||1 Timothy 6:20-21|