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Legacy House

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March 6, 2022 7:00 am

Legacy House

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All right, let's take our Bibles and go back to 2 Timothy.

The expositions of 1 and 2 Timothy, I've entitled beautifying the bride. Once again, Paul, in this case for sure in 2 Timothy, riding from prison. His death is imminent by execution and he's guiding Timothy in how to function as the local church and the fashion, the structure of the local church and he's given him lots of instruction. But a whole lot of what he says is to Timothy directly, although there are applications for all of us, as we strive to be what God's called us to be, being his children and members of his church. 2 Timothy chapter 2, beginning in verse 20, let's go through verse 22. Paul writes, now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels but also vessels of wood and earthenware and some to honor, some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared for every good work.

Now flee from youthful lust and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. I've entitled the unpacking of this text, Legacy House. Legacy House. I'm talking about our ancestry, where we go back to, who we connect to, our people's values and their positions and their convictions. But now bigger than your personal family, I'm talking about God's family. You see, a key to view and understanding Christianity is that it is a legacy. In other words, something's been handed down to us.

We've been placed in a new lineage, a new household and we have a new legacy. You've heard people say, well, it's a family tradition. Well, often when they say that they're covering for some vice or from some sin.

They'll say, well, my dad did it, my granddaddy did it, it's a family tradition. Well, that speaks to the point, even though we wouldn't encourage that. But Christians, as believers in Christ, we are saved from a legacy of error and wickedness and saved unto to become a part of this legacy of truth and righteousness.

Let me say that again. We're saved out of, brought out of a legacy of error and its corresponding wickedness. And we are saved to be placed into the lineage, the ancestry, the legacy of truth and righteousness.

Our God, our Father, is the God of truth and righteousness. So we must be also. Brothers and sisters, that's your legacy. That's who you are. You bear his name. You're of his house.

You're his ancestor. The God of truth and righteousness is our God. You know, over in Britain, they'll talk about the house of Windsor and France, the house of Habsburg. But we are the house of God.

That's our legacy. 1 Timothy chapter 3 reminds us that we are the household of God. And he's talking about a local church here.

So let's unpack it together and let's think about this and wrap it all together hopefully at the end. Roman 1, God's house and vessels defined. God's house and vessels defined. First of all, A, God's house slash the local church.

That's what he's talking about here. When he starts out in verse 20, now in a large house, the phrase a large house, I think most of what Paul's getting across there is there's just a lot of parts to it. There's a lot of members to it. Now in this day, a large house would have several members and servants and slaves and also many vessels.

Now the New American State or translators translate the word vessels. You and I would say utensils or even dishes. There are many items we use in our households and many members of those households. Now some scholars would say that the household here means all of professing Christendom. I wouldn't reject that, but Paul is writing to one church and one pastor about how he's to deal with those things in that one church.

So it would behoove us to stay with the immediate context here and view it as a single local church. Though the truths apply to all Christians everywhere, of course, but we think in terms of our household here, God's local church. Now he's talking about in this house, this church, this family of God that we are, he said there are vessels of gold and silver. They're honorable vessels. Then he says there are vessels of wood and earthenware that are dishonorable.

They're not useful for what the master of the household wants to get accomplished. Only the gold and silver utensils, dishes if you will, items, are useful for the honorable use of the master. Now maybe in today's language we would think of an heirloom.

I think my wife, matter of fact, I know my wife has some china that my mother had. And so it's special. That's a treasured thing. That's a gold and silver thing in our house. But then every once in a while we eat on paper plates.

Do you eat on paper plates every once in a while? Well you just throw them away. They're not good for much.

Well they get the job done, but you know what I mean. They're not a treasured really valuable vessel of our household. Now your wives may say, I treasure those a little more than you think, pastor.

Well you get the point though. We're going to talk about that a little bit more in just a moment. So the large house is the local church and it has these vessels in it, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Now B, God's vessels, that points to the true believers and true teachers.

Now let me say this at this point. I would lean toward most of the scholars who say that the dishonorable vessels that he's going to mention here are false teachers, but it does not exclude false believers. But nevertheless, just keep that in mind as we go forward. But the true vessels, the honorable vessels, are God's vessels here, are true believers and true teachers. He calls them gold and silver vessels, vessels of honor. Again, this represents true godly teachers, which Timothy was, and true Christian believers, not false professors.

An interesting backdrop here, if you would for a moment, these will be on your screen. Romans 9 21 tells us that the sovereignty of God is behind all of this. Where God writes there through the Apostle Paul, does not the potter, that's representing God as the potter, have the right of the clay, that's the substance that he made mankind out of.

The potter God had the right of the clay, mankind, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use. Paul's writing to the Romans and he's saying, God in his sovereignty ordained some to be of his household for good and useful service and some that would not be of good and useful service. Pastor, how do you explain that? I don't try to explain God, I just preach God.

You can't explain him, he's beyond finding out. His ways are higher than our ways, his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He's just greater than us. Now a key insight though for us, I think that's a great encouragement, is 2 Corinthians 4 7 as we think about being God's vessels being used, utilized for his use. 2 Corinthians 4 7, but we have this treasure, that's the new birth, the Spirit of God in the truths of the Word of God. We have these treasures, you could say, in earthen vessels. So that's the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God, not from ourselves. An earthen vessel is just a phrase they used in this day because so much of what they used in their households were utensils made of clay that came out of the earth.

So an earthen vessel. So he says here, all of us Christians are just regular old clay pots. That's what we are. One scholar said a good way to view this is you're just an ordinary peanut butter jar.

That's a good way to think of it today. He said, but God has changed you, God has redeemed you, God has come to live in you in the person of the Holy Spirit. So there's a treasure in you, though you humanly speaking are just a peanut butter jar. Oh, but there's treasure in there that God put in there.

1 Corinthians 1 28. And the base things of the world, that's just the ordinary non-special stuff that we're made of, the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen the things that are not so that he may nullify the things that are. God generally saves for use in his household those that the world looks at and says there's just not much to you.

You're not the brightest, you're not the smartest, you're not the most skilled, you're not the wealthiest. Now God saves a few of those along, but most of us are just ordinary peanut butter jars. But there's a treasure in us. So humanly speaking we're very ordinary, but in God's eyes you're a gold and silver vessel special unto him.

Compared to the world, not much, but God put his treasure in you. 1 Corinthians 12 15 and 16 speaks to how we're all not much humanly speaking, but we have equal importance in the church. If the foot says, using the metaphor of our body here, a lot of metaphors in this by the way, houses, vessels, now we're talking about a body. If the foot says, because I'm not a hand, I'm not a part of the body, is it not for this reason he less a part of the body?

If the ear says, because I'm not an eye, I'm not a part of the body, is it not for this reason he less a part of the body? In other words, every part of the household in God's eyes, listen to me now, is gold and silver to God. You're gold and silver to God, useful for his great work in his great household. I was reminded afresh, I know that those of you who came, heard Virgil and Daryl, and heard their sessions on the issues in the culture today and how it's bleeding over into the church, and I can't remember which one, but one of the brothers said to me as he was leaving, we just love being here, we're going to tell others about your ministry. He said, but pastor, it's your people, your people that impressed us. And it reminded me afresh that that's the testament of any pastor is his people. Do the people look like ordinary peanut butter jars, but ordinary peanut butter jars with the treasure of God in them?

That's what impacts people. And so I praise the Lord for your faithfulness to be that kind of household, that people didn't come to me saying, you know this guy's got this great business. Have you seen the car one of your church members drives?

It's a great car, nothing wrong with that necessarily, but what they were talking about is we see God's treasure, Christ in them. That makes you gold and silver. So in any professing church, there are genuine believers, God's gold and God's silver, and genuine teachers and preachers, God's gold and silver, true children of God and serving God with the right motives.

Can I just throw this out as a side point? The right motive for serving God in the church and being gold and silver useful for God is number one, have as your motive the glory of God. Second to that, your motive is the good of the brethren, the church. And third, your motive is the good for myself as God sees fit. The glory of God first, the good of the church, then whatever good it brings me as God sees fit. If you have that motive, you can't lose.

You can't miss it. Well thirdly, as we're talking about the house defined and the vessels defined, we come to vessels of dishonor. The vessels of dishonor, which that's false believers and false professors. It's not on the outline, you might want to write it in if you're an outline taker, but here's the false believers and false teachers. Now in keeping with the metaphor, the analogy Paul gives, for us today we might say there's some paper plates gotten into the kitchen. There's some things in there that are not very useful in a special and unique way.

They're just common. And these are the false believers. These are the false teachers that get into the church. And you might say, pastor, the text brings this up over and over, and it does over and over and over. The New Testament epistles especially warn us, requiring us as church pastors and elders to guard the church from false doctrine and false teachers.

It's just going to ever be prevalent. So you might say, well how did they get in? Well Jude says they crept in unaware. They're creeps.

They they crept in unaware. And one thing is for certain, and we have a lot of church pastors out there who are younger men and guys who are planting churches, one thing that's hard for them to grasp is the amount of difficulty and warfare they're going to be in for those first several years as Satan makes sure that some false teachers creep in unaware. And it's heartbreaking and it's difficult because many of these look so wonderful and you're so glad to get new people in your new church plant or whatever it may be, only to realize as time goes by some of these are not with us. They're not of us. They are, in Paul's metaphor here, dishonorable utensils in the house, vessels of dishonor.

None are more grievous or damaging to the church than false teachers. Jesus said in John 10, they're hirelings. What he meant by that is they don't love the sheep. They're just hired to do a job, they check out and they forget the sheep ever existed.

They're just there for themselves, they want their pay, they don't care for the sheep. Well that's what a pastor must have. And by the way, if you're a sheep, you must have that for the other sheep. You're to love the other sheep so much you'd lay down your life for them.

How can you do that? Because God's put a treasure in you and in that treasure is this prominent part that is the love of the brethren. You may be a common ordinary jar but you're gold and silver to God and you have a special role in God's church. You're not of the hireling and I'm not of the hireling but the Bible warns us, Jesus warns us, Paul warns us. You've got to be aware of these dishonorable vessels within the household.

Now I've got good news. So far, 41 years worth, but so far as a body of Christ matures they can become more and more effective at repelling the false brethren, the false teachers. It's real prominent in the early days and by the way, this is the early days for this church.

So it's very prominent. But as a body matures there's just, I've just watched it, I've seen it, I've compared notes with other pastors, there is a repellent to that becoming any kind of, let's say, a foothold in God's church. All right, Roman numeral two. We've talked about God's house and God's vessels defined.

Maybe we've laid that out well enough. Now Roman numeral two, becoming a useful vessel for the master. And that's a good way to put it because that's what he's going to tell Timothy here, becoming a useful vessel for the master. He says in verse 21, Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified rather, useful to the master prepared for every good work. If you do these things, Timothy, and if the members of your church walk in these truths, Timothy, then you'll be an effective tool in God's house for God's glory. A. Cleansing away false teachers and false brethren. Cleansing away these false brethren and false teachers.

Either way you want to put it as far as which one comes first, doesn't matter to me. He says in verse one, Therefore, in other words, what I've said in verse 21 being understood, that there are honorable vessels, gold and silver. There are dishonorable vessels, wood and earthenware. Now verse 21, Now if you do what I'm about to tell you, then you'll be effective for God's work in the church. Verse 21, Therefore if anyone cleanses himself. Now he says, Cleanses himself from these things.

There's only one thing this could possibly be and that's the dishonorable vessels of the previous verse. Timothy, you can't accommodate these guys. You know he said earlier, don't be wrangling with words with these guys. Don't give them an audience. Don't give them a foothold in the church. Don't let the wolves come in and devour the sheep, Timothy. If you'll cleanse away these things, Timothy, then you yourself will be useful. Because eventually, you see what, here's what Satan wants you to do in the church.

Satan wants you to accommodate, be open-minded and listen, be compassionate. Look, I don't know about you, but if a ravenous wolf's attacking my house, I'm not kind or compassionate. I'm shooting my gun.

That's what I do. I was out in the deer woods with my oldest grandson two years ago and I heard a commotion. I was about 30 yards ahead of him on a logging road, an old logging road, and three dogs with their hair raised on their back were growling and barking and running at him. Well, I had a pistol and I unloaded the cliff of my pistol, did the best I could to kill all three of them. Well, good news for you, animal lovers, I missed all of them.

The only purpose for a.380 pistol is shooting something two foot in front of you. After that, it's just not accurate and I'm not that accurate anyway. But anyway, I did scare those dogs and they ran away. I didn't want to stop and sit down with the dogs and talk about this. And seriously, had they gotten to him before I got there, I don't know what would have happened. I was going to say something else, but I'll hold that back, all right?

I don't want the sheriff in Wayne County to know about these things sometimes. Sometimes a man's got to do what a man's got to do. Can I get amen?

All right. But that's the picture here. Timothy, Timothy, these things... Folks, we get this Casper milk toast backbone like a jellyfish idea about God's pastor. God's pastor's got to be a man. There's times when he's got to be a man. And that includes the elders and that concludes all the men of the church. And I'm a blessed pastor because I have an army of men just like that. When they see something, now they're not going to jump to conclusions and be rash, but when they see something that's wrong, they'll just firm up and say, we don't do that here.

We don't do that here. That's what Paul's telling Timothy, cleanse that stuff away. Well, we know again, let me just give you some supporting evidence. He's already talking in verse 17 about Hymenaeus and Philechus that came in as false teachers and began teaching the resurrection had already occurred. And is that what they said, verse 17?

Already taking place, yes. I got that mixed up with some other guys in the Gospels. So that was a false teaching that they had to deal with. Then he talked in verse 14 about those who want to wrangle with words.

They'll come in with their word salads and their oratory is so impressive and people be drawn in. Timothy, don't wrangle with them. If they're false, cleanse them out. And then verse 19, he said, we have to stay away from those who participate in wickedness.

That's the kind of bunch he's talking about, if you will. All right, so we're talking about cleansing away these false teachers and false teaching. He says, if anyone cleanses himself, if you strive to be non-contaminated. And by the way, it's an aorist tense, which means to cleanse out, means identify it, remove it, be done with it.

Get it done and let it continue in the state of being done. Then he says, now, now, verse 21, you'll be a vessel for honor. You'll be a vessel for honor, valuable to the Lord in building his church. Proverbs 13 20 reminds us that the companion of fools will suffer harm. So we must purge from ourselves both the error of the false teachers and the evil of the false teaching and in their lifestyles, by the way, because once again, as we talked about last week, unsound doctrine always runs parallel with unsound morals. False doctrine and sexual immorality particularly seem to always run together. And by the way, I think the immorality usually is the leading one because a person's morality dictates his theology.

Did you hear that? A person's morality tends to dictate his theology. If he's caught up in strongholds of sin, he begins to massage his doctrine until he gets it to accommodate his sin.

And this kind of stuff always runs together. So we are to to to remove falsehood from our minds and the wickedness they bring in from our lives. Then we're a vessel for honor, building the Lord's church. Just to get a balance here, 1st Corinthians 5 9 through 13. Notice what Paul says here, I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral people. I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world or the covetous and swindlers or idolaters because then you'd have to go out of the world. You can't leave the world. You're gonna have to go to school with some people who are these things.

You're gonna have to buy groceries from a man perhaps that runs the store who does these things. And on and on we could go. To be in the world there is the the intercourse with in society people who are ungodly. Paul said, you can't avoid all of that. He said, but verse 11, actually I wrote to you not to associate within you so-called brother if he's an immoral person or covetous or an idolater or reviler or drunkard or swindler not even to eat with such a one. He said, now wait a minute if they claim to be a part of my local church and they're actively open to living in this sin those are the ones that come in and that's the false teacher and the false brethren that needs to be dealt with.

Now if they repent and return then there's God's sheep. So he's being very strong here about cleansing the household of God. He said then you'll be a vessel of honor and then later on in verse 21 he said sanctified.

And that's a beautiful picture because we know sanctified means set apart. You cleanse those people out and you and the church are now set apart for God's work without the pollution and the corruption of the false teaching and the false brethren. Then the third one he says you'll be useful for the master. The word master here is not only in the sense of being under someone's power and authority but it's being of the master and that's what we are. We're not just under God's authority we are of God. We are his children.

We're in his family. Something's bad wrong with you if you profess to be a Christian and there's not a driving desire in your heart that says I want to be useful to my master. Paul tells Timothy if you want that to happen Timothy you want to be useful you want your people to be useful then make sure you cleanse out the false teacher and the false brethren. Now in balance I know that through church history there's been a lot of rashness and ugly spiritedness and mistreating of people under the the guise of church discipline. We're not talking about that. Matter of fact when we exercise discipline here it's a long compassionate very very private Amen?

Loving helpful administration of trying to get a sheep back on track. I may need that next week you may need it next week that's what the church does for each other. But one who is open and obstinate and becomes a reviler and will not try to even work on the wickedness in their life then those are the ones that have to be cleansed out. That's what Paul is telling to Timothy. I Corinthians 9 19 and 20. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have from God and that you are not your own for you've been bought with the price therefore glorify God in your body. Serve God not wickedness.

And the companion of fools will suffer harm. You can't hang with that stuff especially in the church house and not corrupt the church. We can go all over evangelicalism today and I'm not talking about perfection no church reaches perfection but I can show you the overwhelming majority of churches that are accommodating wickedness not even trying to cleanse it out. And no wonder the power of God's not there. No wonder they look to worldly gimmicks and circus acts and entertainments to keep people coming because God's not there.

They have to bring the world in because they want worldly people to be comfortable in their church. Well he continues on in verse 21. You'll be prepared for every good work.

Let's let's look at that list again. If you'll do what I told you to do Timothy about cleansing then he'll be a vessel for honor sanctified useful for to the master last phrase prepared for every good work. This is the idea of a state of readiness. I think one of the points here is that whatever God has for you you can't miss it. You're ready now. Some people want God to God show me your will and speak to me and guide me. What God wants you to do is clean up. He wants you to be something more than he wants you to do something. Clean up and then you'll be prepared for the work I have for you to do.

If you're about the continued task of purging falsehood from your church and from your individual mind and the impurity from your life then you are a vessel prepared for honorable use and what Paul says here for every good work. Y'all with me? Do you know how if you had any idea how I've wrestled with this text this week? It has been so difficult. I've been doing this 41 years. This shouldn't be hard.

But it's just been difficult. Okay I'm done with that. Number three.

I mean it was. Number three, live out your legacy. He's going to say here, this is who you are. You're God's now.

This is who you are. Now live it out. I think there's a powerful encouragement here. In verse 22a, first of all he says there's some things to run from. You're going to live out your legacy. You've got to run from some things. If you're an honorable descendant of a great legacy of a great man and he had certain virtues and character traits, well you're going to say no to some things, run from some things to maintain his legacy.

That's what he's saying here. You're of God's legacy. And so he says to Timothy here, you're going to have to flee youthful lust. Verse 22. Flee youthful lust. Now it can include sexual lust I know but I agree with the scholars who say that's likely not what he's talking about in this case. By the way, that's a that's a good exhortation.

Can I say this about sexual lust and sexual impurities? You don't fight them, you flee them. You stay away from the opportunity. You don't give it a chance. You're not strong enough to overcome it. You better get away from it. That's what God's saying. Flee.

Flee. Well that's a side note because I don't think that's the direct thing Paul's talked about here. I think it's more probable that he's dealing with the things that a youthful pastor struggles with more than maybe an older pastor. Arrogance. Self-assertion. Being headstrong.

It's these kind. Pride. These kind of things can creep into a pastor's heart when he hadn't been pastoring long enough or well enough that God's broken him through troubles and trials. He's hadn't been down the road long enough to have the gospel humility and the maturity to be balanced and more tempered in some things. I've tasted some of that myself and I thank God that he grows pastures just like he grows sheep. Amen.

He starts us at a place and we think we got it made. We think I thought I understood Christianity six months after I was saved. And God said, you're stupid.

He didn't really get stronger than that. I mean, we're just that way. We're just that way, Timothy. Run from those things. Flee the things that a typical young pastor can have in his life and get in his way and if you don't run from it, you're going to fail in living out the legacy of the godliness of your holy heavenly Father. Flee is the idea of escaping by running.

Let's develop this out a little bit. Again, you never stand and fight it. You flee from it.

If you can't run from it, then of course you fight it. It's the same idea as 1 Corinthians 6 18. Flee immorality.

Run from it. It's the idea of Moses fleeing the wrath of the Pharaoh. It's Joseph and Mary taking baby Jesus and fleeing the wrath of Herod, getting away from it when Herod was going to kill all the babies two years and under. It's Joseph when he was a servant in Potiphar's household and Potiphar's wife tries to take advantage of Joseph and have immoralities with Joseph.

And Joseph didn't say, now, Miss Potiphar, let's sit down. Let's talk about this. I know, I know, I know you. I know you got needs and I know, no, no, wickedness.

The moment she came to Joseph, he ran and she even pulled his outer cloak off as he ran away. Flee! That's a perfect picture of what Paul's saying here. It's a present active imperative, which means it's a command and it's something you have to do as a Christian continually. You never get good enough at it. You have to keep running from certain things.

Now, again, balance. The Bible tells us there are evil things and evil people we have to be around because we're in an evil world. But especially in the household of God, the church house absolutely must not be a place where you're helped to sin. This should be an oasis of sanity and holiness.

This should be the one place you can come to. If you've had a difficult week struggling with your own lust, struggling with your own weakness, sin in your life and you think, at least I can go to church and get a good dose of cleansing and holiness on Sunday. God helped pastors building so-called churches where there's as much indulgence and sinfulness in the church house as in the world. The sheep need a place to get cleaned up. We're to be fleeing these things. How are you doing on your fleeing?

How are you doing on the running from? It's not a one-time thing again. You know, when I was a new Christian, I kept hearing that repentance was just something you did. You repented and believed on Christ and I was just frustrated about it until I began to understand the biblical text and you didn't just repent, you became a repenter.

You didn't just have faith, you became a father. You didn't just flee from sin one time, you became a fleer. And that's what we are.

That's why Paul says it, do this continually. Well, there's things to run from. Secondly, there are things to run to.

This is the opposite. He says, flee from some things, Timothy, for you, particularly youthful lust, and then pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. The word pursue here is right the opposite. It means to run after something. There are those things we flee from and there are those things we follow after. There are those things we run from and there are those things we run after.

That's the double duty of every Christian. Fleeing, following after. This pursuing is the idea or the word concept that we see in Galatians 1 13, where Paul says, reciting his testimony, that at one time he persecuted the church of God beyond measure. He's pursuing, he was pursuing that.

It's hotly pursuing. So he's saying, Timothy, flee some things, but I want you to hotly pursue some other things. Then he lists those things. Righteousness, faith, love, peace.

John R. Stott has in his commentary this thought. I want to read it to you. This is the consistent, reiterated teaching of Scripture. We are to deny ourselves and follow Christ. We are to put off what belongs to our old life and put on what belongs to our new life. We are to put to death our earthly members and set our minds on heavenly things.

We are to crucify the flesh and walk in the Spirit. Then listen to this sentence. It is the ruthless rejection of the one in combination with the relentless pursuit of the other.

Now listen, listen to that again. It's the ruthless rejection of the one fleeing in combination with the relentless pursuit of the other. The other being righteousness, faith, love, and peace.

Now let's unpack them real quickly. Righteousness. You're to be hotly pursuing righteousness. This is the opposite of wickedness. That was up in verse 19.

How does he say it there? The Lord knows those that are his. I'm back in verse 19 now. And everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness. Now righteousness here is rightly defined as doing right.

Doing what's right and living right according to the precepts of God's Word. And once again let's remind ourselves that false teachers and doing wrong or living unrighteously go together. I don't know how the woman preacher became so prominent in the Trump administration because Trump hadn't got the spirituality of a padpole. And he has this woman advisor who's been married three times and her doctrine is atrociously false. So it's no wonder she's been married three times and her doctrine is unsound biblically speaking.

They always go together. But the the child of God is not to pursue that kind of approach. He's to pursue a right kind of life, a righteousness in life. Then he says faith, hotly pursue faith. In the context here it's the idea of faithfulness. It's the same word that's used in the in the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. It's the idea of being counted on. Let me ask you something. Can your church count on you? Can the house of God, the legacy of God on earth?

He didn't count on you. I'll be their pastor. My tithes are often coming. I'll show up. I'll be in my small group and try to help somebody.

You know why? I've been born into a legacy. That's the way my Father is, my Heavenly Father. My Heavenly Father would only do what's righteous. And my Heavenly Father, we sang it a while ago, He is always faithful. Hotly pursue faithfulness to God in and through His local church. Then he says love.

That's again the Greek agape. I believe that's the key to all of it. God comes in and changes us. The Spirit of God lives in us and that agape love is in us that gives us a desire for God's Word, for God Himself, and for God's people, God's church.

Pursue that, walk in it, live it out. And can I say, brothers and sisters, it means sometimes you do what you're supposed to do even though you don't feel good about it. I ain't gonna go into any details, but I got sick in the night last night. Just got sick.

Then I got well. But I would guess, humanly speaking, I didn't want to come up here and pour all my energy out this morning. But you do what God's called you to do. You strive to be faithful. There are times when you can't.

I certainly understand that, especially as I get older. But child of God, hotly pursue righteousness and faithfulness and love for the brethren. And then he says peace. Now, the Bible exhorts us as far as it is possible be at peace with all men, as best we can, but you can't be at peace with the world unless you're a horrible compromiser. I mean, we're to be kind. We can be kind. Our tone can be good. We can be humble in the world, but we can't line up with the world and have peace with the world.

The world's wicked. But now in God's house, we have peace. And once again, that's a real challenge in immature churches and these church plants and these pastors taking over new churches that haven't been led properly. They have a lot of things other than peace sometimes. But as the body matures, the saints of God learn to just not worry about things that don't matter. The things that really matter are right.

We're okay with the color of the carpet, or the way they mow the yard, or whatever else it might be. Peace. Pursue peace.

Now, see in our outline the legacy continues. Because one thing that several great scholars pointed out was that in the last phrase of verse 22, there is no comma after the word peace. So he's not saying, deal righteously with those who call on the name of the Lord, have faithfulness with those who call on the name of the Lord, love those who are called on the name of the Lord, have peace with those who call on the name of the Lord. Those are true. That's Bible truth.

We're to do that but that's not what he's saying here. He's saying is, that's what those who call on the Lord are like. That's their legacy. That's characteristic of all of those who are the true saved ones, the true callers on the name of the Lord. So Timothy, that's just who we are. That's what we are.

That defines us. We are people of righteousness. We are people of faithfulness. We are people of love.

We are people of peace, biblically defined. So Timothy, let's live out what we are. Are you living out your legacy? Because that's who your father is. He started this family. He begot this household and that's what we do. We continue living out but we're going to have to do the things Paul told Timothy to keep doing to make sure we're fulfilling our legacy. It's our heritage, if you will. Righteousness, faithfulness, love, peace. And listen, in context of, we cleansed out those who would come in and rob us of those things.

We cleansed out the teaching that would come in and undermine those things. I received this text two hours before the service started this morning and I just thought I would share it with you. I don't think it's a coincidence that I received this.

You guys got it? There it is. One of our pastors who we've been mentoring for many years said, he just wrote this in a text, may God save your descendants and show his glory to and through the people of grace life. I am forever grateful for you and the body at grace life. He's talking about you guys have a legacy and I want your descendants to have the same legacy because our forefathers had this legacy of faithfulness all the way back to our God the Father. That's who he is. So, your legacy affects another and another and another if you live it out. And so, here's a pastor who was just moved upon this morning to show his gratitude for what you are. Well, let's not be swelled up with pride and let's not think we've arrived because we absolutely have not. But let's live our legacy. Let's be what the Word of God calls us to be and be useful, profitable for the master's use in his household.
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