What’s in the name(s)?

A post about the title of this blog and the domain name:

Both of the titles are references from letters in the latter half of the New Testament. “Being trained in the words of the faith” comes from Paul’s first letter to Timothy in 4:6 and “him who is able” is a reference to God found in Jude 24.

As I had the idea to use this blog as a journal of sorts for my seminary experience I thought “being trained in the words of the faith” worked well as a title.  This phrase captures the idea of what seminary is all about. Christians’ faith is in the person of Christ, but what we know of Him and how we make Him known is through words. This says something profound about the power and importance of words, especially the words we use about God, Jesus, the Bible, sin, salvation, etc.

It would not seem that as disciples of Jesus we would blaze our own trail when it comes to understanding “the words of the faith”. The whole of 1 Tim 4:6 reads, “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.”  The “words of the faith” that young pastor Timothy was being trained in were the same words he had followed all of his Christian pilgrimage.  This becomes more clear when we read in Paul’s second letter to Timothy in 3:14-15.  There Paul says, “As for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writing, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”.  The words that Timothy were to “continue in” were the words he had learned from the apostle Paul and the words he had heard even as far back as when his grandma and mom read him the Bible as a young lad (see 2 Tim 1:5).  These same words he was to continue training himself in that he might be “a good servant of Christ Jesus.”

If one read 1 Timothy all the way through he would notice that Timothy was not enrolled in a seminary or anything like it.  He was already pastoring the church in Ephesus.  So apparently Christian leaders are never supposed to stop “being trained in the words of the faith”.  This then makes it all the more necessary that I must use the benefit of this concentrated amount of time for the express purpose of saturating myself in the knowledge of the Scriptures before venturing on to pastoral ministry.  Apparently though I will not have to change the name of the blog at that point.

More on “him who is able” later.

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