MYSTERY OF FAITH AND PURE CONSCIENCE
“Holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience” 1 Timothy 3:9.
“They must follow the true faith that God has now made known to us and always do what they know is right” 1 Tim. 3:9 ERV
The mystery or secrets of faith is best exemplified when we follow after the true faith [good-news of the gospel], and we exercise faith in the ability of God to do all things according to His heart desires. True faith is best held in a pure conscience or when we do ALWAYS what we know is right in the sight of God and Men. The practical love of truth is the most powerful preservative from error, secret faults, presumptuous sins, transgressions, iniquities, delusion and all other Satan’s schemes or ploys targeted at falling us from glory.
Though these were written as admonition of the deacons and deaconesses, but we all know that God expects all Christians to live by these principles of godliness if we are to matter in the things of the Kingdom of God.
We must keep a pure conscience, morality and integrity [truthfulness and honesty], and take heed of everything that corrupts good mindset, follow after godly ordinances, our conscience devoid of offense, and get away from that which entices to sin or draws us away from godly living. Then we have the assurance that this will preserve our souls and the mystery of faithfully serving and obeying God in truth and in the Spirit will not elude us. Abiding in the vine without hypocrisy or ill-will consequentially will lead to our bearing fruit, more and much fruit.
“Those that be PLANTED in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” Psalms 92:13-14 [my emphasis]
We are the trees of righteousness and the planting of the Lord [Isaiah 61:3]. We as God’s trees are said above to be planted in His house because it is from his grace, by his word and Spirit that we receive all the sap and godly virtues that keep us alive, do His bidding and make us fruitful. We must fix ourselves to walk according to the holy ordinances, take root in God, abide by them, put ourselves under the divine protection, and bring forth all our fruits to use for God’s honor and glory. Plants take root and are stationed in one spot, they do not dilly dally, move from one spot to another or double minded. Our heart must be permanently fixed trusting in the Lord unflinchingly.
“Let these also first be proved…” 1 Timothy 3:10.
It is not fit that any should be trusted, till they have been first proved, and found fit for the kingdom business they are to be entrusted with; the soundness of their judgments, their zeal for Christ, and the blamelessness of their conversation, must be proved. Here our conscience is either certified pure or full of impurity. That was why God proved the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness before allowing Joshua and Caleb who passed the test to cross over into the Promised Land full of milk and honey.
Again these virtues must be found in all Christians so that the fragrance of Christ-likeness can flow out of us in all places that by our chaste conduct the name and business of the Lord can be highly estimated and also we will be a spiritual magnet that draws unbelievers into the kingdom of God. Many are saints in the house of the Lord but bull dogs in their offices or homes, and some do not care to apply the sound biblical doctrines they have heard when dealing with spouse or neighbors. Above all, we must put on the garment of love, faith and hope in God forever more!
All who are related to the HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH must double their care to walk as becomes the gospel of Christ, lest, if they in anything walk disorderly, the ministry be blamed. A man might be professedly firm in the belief of the truths of revelation, and yet be corrupt at heart, so we must take heed to live and walk according to the doctrines of God, and purge our hearts from every evil works.
Christians should hold firmly the great doctrines of the Christian religion which had been so long concealed from people, but which were now revealed. One of this pivotal principle is that the just shall live by the Faith of God, to have faith in God or possess God’s kind of faith.
We must be habitually having trust which has its source in God, take hold on God’s faithfulness to His promises, rely solely on God and His abilities, have confidence in God, or better still have the same kind of faith that God had when He created heaven and earth by the Word of God and there was light. We must know that the “entrance of His word gives light and understanding to the simple” [Psalms 119:130].
“Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting–begging!–that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish” Jude 1:3 MSSG.
We should earnestly contend for the faith. This have two connotation of defending the faith of the Gospel and also striving to walk in faith and trust in the Lord with all our heart, such brethren believe wholeheartedly that God is able to do or keep that which is committed into His hand. We must believe in God and His precious promises, and guard our hearts with all diligent so as to maintain pure conscience or do always what is right in the sight of God. However this missive is for those who have been sanctified [hallowed, made holy, dedicated, purified, consecrated] by the Father and preserved by the Lord Jesus Christ [Jude 1:1], these are determined to have a pure conscience.
“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them might war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck” 1 Tim. 1:18-19
We can activate God kind of faith by believing in the written or spoken word of God, dreams, visions or prophetic words like that given to Timothy with which he was admonished to war a good warfare tarrying, insisting on and walking by faith until that which God promised is manifested on planet earth through him. Once God declared it, heaven looks at it as it has been done already but it is our standing and warring in faith that brings us into the fulfillment of such promises. We must fight hard to retain the faith that was committed unto us.
The shield of faith stands guards on the tablet of our hearts preventing penetration of the fiery darts that want to puncture our hearts and plant evil seed of unbelief, fear, doubt, anxiety and worry. Faith which is believing in God and actualization of His words brings salvation in all sphere of life. Faith in God works better knowing that our hearts are pure having lived a godly life with heart void of offense, and so condemnation does not rub us of the end of our faith which is seeing the natural manifestation of what we believe God for.
“Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus” 2 Tim. 1:13
Faith which is simply believing that God has done as promised and we shall see the physical manifestation can be activated as we hear, read and study the word of God [Romans 10: 17] and as we continually build up our most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost [Jude 1:20]. We must hold fast the Word which we have been taught so that great faith and the love of God will not elude us. Satan will always want to dampen our spirit man by getting us into unbelief but we must stand tall and fight the good fight of Faith [1 Tim. 6:12]. Faith is one of our weapons of our warfare for pulling down of strongholds.
“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” 1 Tim. 1:14
The mercy of God has been extended to us in that the Grace that teaches us to deny ungodliness has appeared to all men; and in the same token grace bestowed upon us the love and the faith that God gives as gifts. It is not skill or knowledge that God requires from us first but faithfulness [1Cor. 4:2] and to be faith filled trusting in the God of greater works knowing that without faith, it is impossible to please God [Heb. 11:6].