Body Ministry – BT14
What is “THE EXHORTATION” of 1 Timothy 4:13 referring to?
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“THE EXHORTATION” or te paraklesis actually may be ‘the personal calling, summoning, or invocation for the Holy Spirit ‘to come alongside’ the congregation. Early Church history records show this “invocation for the Parakletos Holy Spirit” to be a standard way of opening a Christian public meeting, and this is still practiced in many churches today! Since Paul is gone, Timothy will need to “invoke” the “One Teacher” (a) who will “guide them all into ALL truth” (b), who will “teach you ALL things” (c), the “anointing by the Holy One, so that you ALL already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know” or “you already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know ALL things” (d), the “anointing that you received from Him that abides in you, so you-ALL have absolutely no need for anyone else to teach you, for His anointing teaches you-ALL about everything and is trustworthy” (e). Can you see how “the reading” of Paul’s previous letters or possibly the prophetic ‘portions of’ Messianic passages from the OT scriptures here in 1 Timothy 4:13 and also “the instruction” about these are directly linked to “the invoking” of the Parakletos Holy Spirit to come alongside to ultimately be our “One Teacher?” None of this has to do with 97% of the scripture that is Law-based, but the 600 verses that are the “prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture that “make wise for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ!” (f). <Notes> a) Matthew 23:8 – see Teach One Another – BT10, b) John 16:13, c) John 14:26, d) 1 John 2:20, e) 1 John 2:27, f) 2 Timothy 3:15 – see Logos Word of God – BT7.
This invocation of the Parakletos Holy Spirit would naturally distinguish it, as the definite article te indicates, from the common meaning of paraklesis as “an exhortation, ‘an urging by someone close by,’ thus an intimate urging through motivation, inspiration, or encouragement.” Certainly that is what Coaches and Facilitators also do for the Body-of-Christ! Certainly this is the way Jesus and the Holy Spirit as our 2 Parakletos counsels, comforts, and encourages disciples. In 1 Corinthians 14:3, Paul speaks of the edification, paraklesis encouragement, and comfort that Christians get from prophecy spoken in church – why wouldn’t today’s churches desire this? But none of these have the definite article “the paraklesis.” However, in Romans 15:4 Paul says: “Through the endurance and the paraklesis of the scriptures we might have hope (a),” but again in the immediate context Paul is not referring to “the whole/entirety of scripture” but “every of a portion of scripture” that is Messianic prophecy about Christ’s suffering, which Paul uses to encourage Christians to endure in their hope in Christ so they can endure in their “stronger” trusting-relying-faith, despite the judgments about Mosaic dietary laws they were embroiled in from “weaker” Jewish-Christians that Paul speaks about in Romans 14. Paul encourages them to hold onto Christian unconditional-love that looks out for others instead of just their own “rights,” just as Paul quoted Christ doing! <Notes> a) see Logos Word of God – BT9.
Yes, the “pas every of a portion of” scripture from 2 Timothy 3:16 is the kind that speaks of trusting-relying-faith (a), that speaks of Christ, and that speaks of the New Covenant – these alone are “for our instruction, that through the endurance and encouragement” they give, “we might have hope” (b). Paul is emphasizing “our instruction” because the “weak-in-The-trusting-relying-Faith” are using the OT scriptures to promote the Torah Law of conditional-favor, which Paul never stops speaking out against! <Notes> a) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance, b) Romans 15:4.
This Christian’s “hope” is nothing like “the hope of righteousness” from “the teachers of the Law!” Paul speaks much about “the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (a), our “hope is in Christ” (b), “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (c), “through the Spirit, by trusting-relying-faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness” (d), not the righteousness through 613 commandments of the Torah Law of conditional-favor! <Notes> a) Titus 2:13, b) Ephesians 1:12, c) Colossians 1:27, d) Galatians 5:5.
Paul consistently uses “every of a portion of” scripture (a) to parakaleo “reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching” many Jews that argue against his logos gospel message of The Truth, and so this is the exact advise he gives Timothy in order to follow in Paul’s footsteps (b). So instead of the standard practice of synagogue leaders “exhorting” their listeners from the Law, once again Paul has redefined the standard Jewish terms and practices, in this case by encouraging the Jewish converts from their own Messianic scriptures! “THE READING and THE EXHORTATION” have nothing to do with the Law, which makes up 94.7% of the OT. <Notes> a) Context clearly defines the “portion” as being the prophetic scriptures that made Timothy “wise unto salvation by trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ.” Paul would never refer to the Torah Law of conditional-favor this way, b) 2 Timothy 4:2.