Eikosipente

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15 KJV).

εἴκοσιπέντε—twenty-five!

Like young Timothy, I was blessed to grow up in the Holy Scriptures. The sound Bible doctrine that I learned at a very young age not only saved me from my sins, hell, and the lake of fire, but it also saved me from false teaching: it delivered me from doctrinal error, enabling me to save others from that false teaching (1 Timothy 4:16; cf. today’s Scripture). I certainly have much, much more to learn in life and from God’s Holy Word, but that solid foundation in the Holy Bible was absolutely critical to forming the worldview I have now.

Today, my outward man marks a quarter-century of age. Statistically, I am approximately one-third of the way through this earthly journey. Whether or not medical science in those five upcoming decades will be able to greatly extend that life is still unknown. Perhaps my life will be shorter—premature death or the rapture. Regardless, as I anticipate and prepare for the next 50 years of life, I must constantly remind myself that there is an infinitesimally longer life to one day experience in the heavenly places. I must remember not to waste time in this life, for this is merely the “dress rehearsal”—the BIG SHOW is yet to come! I need to remind myself, it should be Jesus Christ living in and through me now, for it will be that way in eternity. I must not get attached to this world: this evil world and its pleasures are passing away, and a brand new creation is coming to replace it.

If you are a Christian young person, I would STRONGLY encourage you to be like young Timothy. Please take advantage of being exposed to the Holy Scriptures rightly divided while your mind is still impressionable. In doing so, rest assured that, unlike pursuing the world’s temporary pleasures, you will not regret investing in God’s eternal work! I know I sure do not regret it. 🙂