Teaching Contrasts in 1, 2 Timothy and Titus

The other night for a personal study, I went through the letters of First and Second Timothy and Titus, noting everything that Paul told Timothy and Titus about good teaching. Then I went back through and did the same for teaching, which is not good. The contrast is interesting, and those who would teach God’s word can learn a lot about what we should and should do by studying these contrast.

Here is what I noted:

Teaching Which Edifies

  • Produces love from a pure heart and faith form a sincere conscience (1 Tim. 1:5).
  • Faithfully proclaims, exhorts, and teaches the word (1 Tim. 4:13).
  • Brings about and ensures salvation (1 Tim. 4:16).
  • Is willing to fight the good fight of faith  (1 Tim. 6:12).
  • Effectively passes on that which has been learned (2 Tim. 2:2).
  • Solemnly charges (2 Tim. 2:14).
  • Continues in what has been learned (2 Tim. 3:14).
  • Teaches in all seasons (2 Tim. 4:1-5).
  • Reminds the people (Titus 3:1).
  • Instructs in practical application of the word (Titus 3:14).

Teaching Which Does Not Edify

  • Gives credence to myths and endless genealogies (1 Tim. 1:4).
  • Fruitless, arrogant, and lacks understanding (1 Tim. 1:6-7).
  • Gives more weight to the thoughts of men than the Word of God (1 Tim. 4:1-3).
  • Deals with worldly fables (1 Timothy 4:7).
  • Morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words (1 Tim. 6:4).
  • Is constantly at friction with other men (1 Timothy 6:5).
  • Wrangles (to dispute about trivial things) about words (2 Tim. 2:14).
  • Empty chatter (2 Tim. 2:16).
  • Is foolish and ignorantly speculates (2 Tim. 2:23).
  • It leads those weak in faith into fruitless study or sin (2 Tim. 3:6-7).
  • Gets involved in foolish (senseless) controversies, genealogies, disputes about the law (Titus 3:9).
  • All together unprofitable and worthless (Titus 1:9).

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