Teachings for the Latter Days

Our Sunday School lesson for this week is on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. Paul writes more letters to the saints of his day in these books. I find it interesting that Paul writes that the law is written for the unrighteous. I think that he’s probably referring to the many details of the law of Moses. Those who are righteous, know in their hearts and minds what is right and what is wrong. They know that they should not steal from someone else and they don’t need a law written to tell them that. The laws are written for those who do not naturally live a righteous life. They are written for those who have not come to an understanding of what it means to live righteously. The laws of Christ are more of a choice of lifestyle and not so much the small rules of rituals in our lives. This first letter to Timothy, is meant for us today. He talks of the latter days in chapter 4. This time on the earth, is one where even the best of men will be led away from the faith. It is a time when things that have been established and sanctified by God, such as marriage between a man and woman, are being forbidden and altered to fit the ways of the world. We avoid the traps of Satan in these things, by being strong in the faith. We must make the study and application of the word of God, a priority in our lives and the lives of our families. Paul teaches of being an example of the believers, which I have written about before (see What Type of Example Should We Be?). An example of the believers is one who speaks, teaches, testifies, serves, and lives as Christ would, because they believe in Christ.

Paul teaches that the love of money is the root of all evil. This is not to say that money is bad, or that having a lot of money is evil. This means that if there comes a time when money is placed in value above other righteous things, then it is the source of leading us away from God and all that is good. The footnote for the word money, references the world selfishness. I think that this means that anything that would cause us to become selfish and greedy applies here. We can be poor, but have extreme selfishness, greed, and such for things of the world. Anything that draws our attention away from the things of God, breeds selfishness and leads to temptations and evil things. I think that we avoid this obsession with worldly things, by keeping our eyes on the bigger picture. Remembering what things we take with us, such as our knowledge and relationships, will help us to realize that all the things of the world are fleeting. Worldly wealth gets us no where very fast in the eternities. It may be hard to see the big picture if we do not have faith, a strong testimony, and a hope in the things to come. We need to be praying, reading the scriptures, going to church, and I think especially serving in the temple, so that we are continually reminded of the purpose we play in the plan of salvation.

We live in a time, when more and more people are thirsting after knowledge. More often than not, this thirst is in hopes of gaining more in this life. It becomes a reliance on the knowledge and wisdom of men. Those who think that they know all things are the same men who are employed to teach others. The learners are inclined to take all that they are taught as truth, without seeking out for sincere truth and pure knowledge and wisdom. In 2 Timothy 3:7, Paul is discussing the conditions of the last days and he says the people (lovers of themselves) will be, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” We need to be wary of falling into this trap. If we make it a practice in our lives to live worthy of the inspirations of the spirit, we will receive a witness of truth in all of our learning. I know that this applies to both things of a spiritual nature, but also to things of a secular nature as well. The spirit is the bearer of all truth in all things. It is a natural thing for us to thirst after knowledge, but we need to continually have thankful hearts to God, and to live righteously so that we will not be caught up in the deceptions of the world. We cannot afford to assume that we know better than God, because it is simply not the case and we will fail if we adapt that belief and the behaviors that come with it. I have been so blessed to have a witness of true knowledge in my life. I am so grateful for the ability to recognize the whisperings of the spirit and the ability that the spirit has to teach me all things.

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