The artificial division we make between “physical” and “spiritual” is not biblical. We’re not good stewards if we drive ourselves until we burn out, either physically or emotionally. No discipline, no discipleship! https: Merely because people are lost is no sign they are worthless. Let us try and show that this is even so. They may have made a profession that they believe in Christ, but by their ungodly behavior, they show that they do not possess "the mystery of godliness" and thus are living a lie. But keep away from. 1 Timothy 4:7. Godliness (2150) (eusebeia [word study] from eu = well + sebomai = reverence. (Phillips: Touchstone), Wuest: For the aforementioned bodily exercise is of some small profit, but the aforementioned piety toward God is profitable with respect to all things, holding a promise of this present life and of that about to come. Belonging to old women, such as old women tell. 1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives" fables, and exercise thyself [rather] unto godliness. The problem comes when it keeps me from doing something I should be doing instead. (Disciplines of Grace). Young's Literal: for the bodily exercise is unto little profit, and the piety is to all things profitable, a promise having of the life that now is, and of that which is coming; FOR BODILY DISCIPLINE IS ONLY OF LITTLE PROFIT : e gar somatike gumnasia pros oligon estin (3SPAI) ophelimos: For (1063) (gar) is a conjunction which serves as a term of explanation and in this case introduces an explanation for the exhortation "discipline yourself for godliness". "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:7". 4. The Pastoral Epistles reveal that the church at Ephesus approached a critical juncture with the escalation of theological heresy and libertinism. 2Ti 2:23+ Refuse (paraiteomai = present imperative) foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. 3. Dr. Beattie on The advantages of practical religion: 1. (MacArthur, John: 1Timothy Moody. Eusebeia is true religion that displays itself in reverence before what is majestic and divine in worship and in a life of active obedience which befits that reverence. We cannot control the contour of our countenance, All rights reserved). (And we might add, not only in this present life but in the life to come and for ever! The belief was that the person's "ghost" was prevented from re-entering the house because the only door that it knew was gone. If you’re not a reader, learn! First, let me observe that GODLINESS CHANGES THE TENURE OF THE LIFE THAT NOW IS. It is respect for what is due to God, and is thus the highest of all virtues. Discipline (1128) (Gumnazo [word study] from gumnós = naked, bare, unclad or minimally clothed and descriptive of the common practice of males in the Greco Roman "gymnasia" source of English "gymnasium", "gymnastics") (Click study on gumnazo) literally meant to exercise naked in the palaestra (a school in ancient Greece or Rome for sports). And is that all? Godliness is seeing all of life through the lens of God as the focal point of my life. If any had asked Paul why he ran so fast and pressed forward to the mark, he would have answered that he was in a race. It is rank hypocrisy, cp Jesus scathing denunciation of the hypocritical Pharisees - read all of Mt 23:1ff but especially Mt 23:25, 26, 27, 28), although they have denied (perfect tense = denied at some point in time and still deny ~ speaks of the permanence of their denial) (denial = a conscious, purposeful action of one's will to say "no" to) its power (dunamis = inherent power = a godly life has inherent power like "dynamite"! ), but from the free grace of God, which hath annexed to it not only the promises of health, peace, and prosperity, and all good things while we live here upon the earth, but also the promises of salvation and eternal happiness when this life shall be determined. 1994), Charles Stanley writes that "Godly people order their lives around godly counsel. The article, which precedes the whole clause in the original, points to the silly stories and myths current at the time which gave rise to trivial teachings; such myths were common in Jewish lore. Keeping the body with all of its desires and passions under discipline is worth something, is in fact a part of a true life of godliness. It is manifest by devotion to God which results in a life that is pleasing to Him. The blind world is ready to judge all zeal as madness; but have we not cause to run with all speed—when it is a matter of life and death? Beloved, how are you doing in your growth in godliness? They eat all the proper foods. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. (2Pe 3:11, 12-notes). To fail to continually train oneself spiritually is analogous to ceasing to pedal when riding a bicycle, such cessation resulting in a loss of stability and risks serious injury (in one's spiritual life and on the bicycle! Reading the tombstone might be quicker! That is, when the Spirit of God controls you, He gives you the ability to control yourself. Why, it is but as a drop compared with the ocean, if you measure time with eternity. It certainly means controlling the TV set! To seek to turn aside by asking. (Pamphlet - some quotes from following MONEY- CURRENCY FOR CHRISTIAN HEDONISM  Christ Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners), J I Packer adds that "Godliness, to the Puritans, was essentially a matter of conscience, inasmuch as it consisted in a hearty, disciplined, ‘considerate’ (thoughtful) response to known evangelical truth, and centered upon the getting and keeping of a good conscience.