1 Timothy 4: How to get fit

April 12th, 2007

When you’re a teenager, fitness often takes care of itself if you lead a reasonably active life, engage regularly in competitive sports, and are fortunate enough to have a favourable body metabolism. If you’re lucky and still play weekend sport, you can coast through your twenties in a reasonably fit state. But once you hit your thirties the process of decay seems to set in. Your body seems to change from naturally being the right shape to naturally being the wrong shape, and you either have to accept this as the natural progression, or you have to make deliberate decisions about diet and fitness.

Paul’s First Letter to Timothy — Chapter 4

4:1 The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some people will leave the faith, running after seductive spirits and demonic teachings, 4:2 through the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences have been cauterised. 4:3 They prohibit marriage and order people not to eat foods which God created to be received with gratitude by people who believe and know the truth. 4:4 Everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with gratitude. 4:5 It is made holy through the word of God and prayer. 4:6 If you explain these matters to the believers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, brought up on the principles of the faith and the good teaching which you have followed. 4:7 Stay away from godless stories and old wives’ tales. Train yourself in godliness. 4:8 Physical exercise has some value, but godliness is valuable in all respects, offering promise both in the present life and in that which is to come. 4:9 This saying is true and deserves to be accepted. 4:10 We work and exert ourselves because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially those who believe. 4:11 Teach these things and tell people to obey them.

4:12 Do not let anyone criticise you for being too young. Be an example to the believers in what you say, in how you live, in love, in faith, and in purity. 4:13 Until I arrive, concentrate on public reading of scripture, encouragement, and teaching. 4:14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy when the elders placed their hands on you. 4:15 Look after these things, and spend your time attending to them, so that everyone can see how you are advancing. 4:16 Watch yourself and your teaching. Keep persisting with these things, because by doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

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  • 1. choosethecross.com » Get&hellip  |  July 23rd, 2011 at 8:04 am

    […] One of the seeming contradictions of the Christian faith is that you cannot work to earn salvation – the only way you can get salvation is by the free gift of Jesus – but if you do not work you will end up spiritually flabby. Spiritual exercise is something we do out of gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, and so that we can accomplish the parts that God has prepared for us in his plan for the world. Paul says this in the fourth chapter of his first letter to Timothy: […]

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