Sunday, September 3, 2017

CHIEF SINNER

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Timothy 1-2

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The Odeon (Bouleuterion) in Ephesus. This building has the shape of a small theatre. It had a double function in use. First, it was used as a Bouleuterion for the meetings of the Boulea or Senate. The second fuction was the Odeum – a concert hall for performances. It was constructed in the 2nd century A.D by the order of Publius Vedius Antonius and his wife Flavia Paiana, two wealthy citizens in Ephesus. Paul assigned Timothy to remain and minister in Ephesus (1 Timothy 1:3-4).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 1:15

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

 

The first and second letters to Timothy and Titus are the last letters Paul wrote. He was in the dungeon now, not the rented house where he served time earlier under house arrest. No doubt he expected his execution any day. These are the only letters addressed specifically to individuals. History proves that all human development for good or evil can be traced to the decisions of one person.

Our key verse is the most concise statement of the mission of Jesus on earth! Yes, He did come to earth to teach and to set the highest moral example as to how we should live our lives, but first and foremost His number one reason for becoming human was to save sinners! Until we trust Jesus for our salvation, we can’t even begin to follow in His steps. If Jesus had only come to show us how to live, we would have been frustrated and doomed, wallowing in our own constant failure! In spite of Paul’s great success as the Apostle to the Gentiles, and having won many to Christ, he never lost sight of his desperate need for the Saviour.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

O Holy God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I confess with Paul that I am the chiefest of sinners, and that You, Lord Jesus, came into the world to save me and all sinners who will believe on and in You (not just about You). As Paul wrote, Lord God, “For this reason I obtained mercy…” (1:16a). “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever! Amen!!!” (1:17).

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I can’t let this reading go by without reference to Paul’s words concerning women in ministry. I’ve mentioned before about Mrs. Willows from Winnipeg, whose ministry had a profound impact on my life. She was a powerful preacher/teacher. In the light of this fact, how do I understand Paul writing that women are “to be in silence” (2:12)? The golden rule of Bible interpretation is “Let the Bible interpret the Bible.” Because of Paul’s experience in Corinth with the husband and wife team of Priscilla and Aquilla, both of whom were teachers of God’s Word, we must draw the conclusion that Paul was dealing through Timothy with a circumstance culturally specific to Ephesus. In the worship of Diana, in her great temple in Ephesus, the leadership was provided by women priestesses. Also, there is the Orthodox Jewish approach to women in the Temple and in the synagogues that we should consider. In traditional Judaism women were forbidden from public ministry. Timothy had to balance these factors. Therefore, I conclude that these were not instructions for the whole Church, but specifically for the one person to whom Paul was writing, Timothy, and just for this specific congregation. In Acts 21:8-9 we find the four daughters of Philip were prophetesses.

Yours for ministry, public and private, by all God’s children,

David

Another view of the Odeon described in the photo above.

One of the main roads of ancient Ephesus that is just in front of the Odeon.

8 thoughts on “Sunday, September 3, 2017

  1. Thank you, David. Here’s the words of an old hymn
    “I do believe, I now believe that Jesus died for me,
    And that he shed His precious blood, from sin to set me free.”
    Very thankful.

  2. TY David Mainse for explaining the sentence regarding women should be in silence!
    PLEASE PRAY FOR RAIN TO PUT OUT ALL THE FOREST FIRES!
    please pray for a married couple, in their 60’s; wife is wheel chair bound; hubby volunteers in kitchens, a very good chef; they are in need of a place to live! the place they were at for 9 years has been dozed over for big complex. This couple have a wonderful attitude and are trusting God to supply.
    also please pray for healing for Sue and Eva!
    blessings to everyone and may God bless each and every one abundantly!

  3. Lord God I join in prayer with Sah for the couple who need a new home…Lord You know their need and I pray for your intervention on their behalf. You are a God who supplies all our need according to Your Riches in Glory, and I pray that accordingly, you are able to supply exactly what they NEED. Jesus I pray this in Your Mighty Holy Name, Amen!

  4. Thank You Jesus that You came into the world to save sinners…I thank You and Praise you for saving me …a sinner saved by Grace!!

    What great photos …thank you Reynold!!

  5. Yes we all need prayer for the above the couple that needs one. Can my husband and I ask all of you to pray for the Christian Penticton school for more students all the teachers are believers of Christ we are asking for more kids for they can teach God’s word to them. Can you all get on board with us here to Pray. Pat and Merv

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