Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Professed a Good Profession

1 Timothy 6:11-12  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Timothy had professed his salvation before many witnesses and I believe this is speaking either of his baptism or the ordination. Since we read a few times about the "laying on of hands" in Timothy's ordination, this is probably the scene Paul is referring to. Regardless, Timothy publicly professed this good profession, that God has called him to eternal life and He was going to follow his Lord all the days of his life. Paul reminds Timothy of what he confessed. He did not remind him of what he felt. He did not remind him of his baptism. What Timothy believed is the thing stressed. Remembering his vows. Remembering his sacred oath to follow the Lord Jesus.

Most Christians who struggle with doubt are remembering everything but what they professed. They remember their sins. They try to find comfort in remembering that moment of salvation. They look for assurance in thinking about their baptism. But what they are NOT looking at is Christ. Find motivation in what you profess to believe, that Jesus Christ, King and Lord died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of His people and victoriously rose from the dead for our justification. We stand clean and pure before God, clothed in the righteousness of Christ having a living hope in our living Saviour. If you are saved, that is the profession you professed.

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