“Guard The Treasure” ( 2 Timothy 1: 13 – 14, NEB ) by Carley Evans

Paul calls us to “keep before [us] an outline of the sound teaching [we] hear from him.” He tells us to “guard the treasure put into our charge, with the help of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.”

The sound teaching of Paul is what we must guard — this is a treasure beyond compare. Paul is able to say this because he knows that his teaching is directly from God. He meets the resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus. He travels to the “third heaven.”

What a weight! No wonder God allows a “thorn in the flesh” to keep Paul humble.

Paul also knows that “among [sinners he] stands first.” He says, “But I am mercifully dealt with for this very purpose, that Jesus Christ might find in me the first occasion for displaying all His patience, and that I might be typical of all who are in future to have faith in Him and gain eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1: 15 – 17)

Paul is telling us, “If I am saved, then anyone can be saved.”

Jesus says it a bit differently, “With men it is impossible; with God, all things are possible.”

Here is the good news – the gospel of Jesus Christ; this is the treasure we must guard.

“Every Word God Utters” (Matthew 4: 4, NEB) by Carley Evans

Jesus tells us that people are incapable of living only on bread, i.e. foodstuff. Instead, people need “every Word that God utters” in order to live life, and live it abundantly.

Paul writes to Timothy, “Keep before you an outline of the sound teaching which you heard from me, living by faith and love which are ours in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1: 13) And further Paul tells Timothy that “every inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, or for reformation of manners and discipline in right living, so that the man who belongs to God may be efficient and equipped for good work of every kind.” (2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17) Paul tells the Thessalonian church, “Do not stifle inspiration, and do not despise prophetic utterances, but bring them all to the test and then keep what is good in them and avoid the bad of whatever kind.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 19 – 22)

God’s Word is the creative force behind every being and every event. God’s Word is the weapon against temptation and its offspring, sin. God’s Word is the draw, pulling a person towards redemption, healing, sanctification.

People can not live on only food; people must own the Word — every Word God utters.