1 Timothy 1:5 – THE BOTTOM LINE
1 Timothy 1:5 – Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
How can we tell when someone is a false teacher?
What are some of the ways of detecting that someone is teaching a wrong doctrine?
How can we discern what is Bible truth and what is not?
First, if a person is born-again, he will have the Holy Spirit living within in and pointing out the truth. John 16:13
Second, a false teacher will have his doctrine or teaching concerning Jesus Christ mixed up. 1 John 2:22-23, 1 John 4:2-3
Third, a false teacher will have the wrong bottom line from his teaching.
The bottom line in business is the results or profit after all income is counted and all expenses paid. It is the net profit or loss of the business.
In teaching the Word of God there is a bottom line.
When the Word of God is preached by a false teacher the bottom line is a loss.
When the Word of God is taught properly, there is a bottom line or profit for the Body of Christ.
Timothy had been mentored by Paul, and often served as a special assistant. In this case, as verses 3-4 show us, Timothy was left behind in Ephesus to confront and correct false doctrine.
The result of accurate teaching, the bottom line, will be love (charity). Right teaching promotes true Christian love for the brethren, and the world will be able to see the difference. 1 John 4:19, 1 John 4:7-8, John 13:34-35
In 1 Timothy 1:5 Paul gives us three reasons for love based on accurate teaching.
- ACCURATE TEACHING WILL PRODUCE LOVE OUT OF A PURE HEART
We read in verse 3 that Timothy was to charge some teachers that they teach no other doctrine. I want us to especially think of the doctrine of salvation and the doctrine of Christ.
Paul was narrow minded because only correct doctrine produces love from a purified heart. Jeremiah 17:9, Hebrews 10:16-17
- ACCURATE TEACHING WILL PRODUCE LOVE OUT OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE
You’ve heard the expression, “Let your conscience be your guide.”
Well, that’s all right if you have a good conscience. A good conscience is one which has been under the accurate teaching of the Gospel, and has been cleansed in the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:14
Verse 4 – False teaching does not provide a good conscience because false teaching is not edifying. It does not build.
- ACCURATE TEACHING WILL PRODUCE LOVE OUT OF AN UNFEIGNED FAITH.
Unfeigned means not hypocritical. There is plenty of hypocrisy in false teaching.
Verse 6 – When someone does not accurately teaching concerning God’s law, he swerves.
And when a person swerves from teaching truth, he uses empty words with no content. This verse calls it “vain jangling”.
Verse 7 – False teachers want to teach, and don’t know that they are talking about. This leads to hypocrisy.
Verse 8 – The law is good, when it is properly understood and explained.
Verses 9-10 – The law was not made for a righteous man. Instead the law was written to show us what sinners we really are.
The law, and the fact that no one has obeyed it perfectly, except the Lord Jesus, is the document which shows us that we are sinners in need of the Savior! Romans 3:10-12
Verse 11 – An unfeigned faith is produced by the glorious Gospel of Christ.
Such an unfeigned faith says,
“Yes, I am a sinner, according to the law. Yes, I have failed God. Yes, I deserve punishment. (Ezekiel 18:4) But Jesus Christ died for my sins. Jesus Christ shed His blood for me. Jesus Christ was buried and rose again. I trust Jesus as my Savior. I now have eternal life.” John 3:36
True doctrine produces a faith without hypocrisy which acknowledges sin and forgiveness for it through faith in Christ.