“14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” -1 Timothy 3:14-15
In Paul’s letter to Timothy and the Ephesians, his vision for the church, or “God’s household,” is that they would be a foundation and pillar of the truth. As Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 3:16, the truth about Jesus Christ is both supernatural and historical. Our world is a daunting marketplace of ideologies, but our calling is to support and display the counter-cultural truth of the Gospel. The foundations of great buildings, such as the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, had to reach deep into the ground to fortify and protect the structure from collapsing.
When the Gospel and Christian theology is challenged by competing worldviews, do we support and bear its message?
The Temple of Artemis had more than 100 pillars, each 60 feet tall. On the pillars rested a magnificent roof of glazed terra cotta tiles. What a display for miles!
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “faith is personal but not private”? Paul challenges the church to not just support and treasure Christian truth, but to also display the Gospel for the world to see.
As pillars of the truth, how are we displaying the Gospel to our neighbors, co-workers, teammates and loved ones?
In 1 Timothy, the mission of the household of God is realized most importantly within and through our own families. God’s desires for his household have so much to do with the character displayed in your household, and in my household (1 Timothy 3:4,12; 5:4,8,14). For many of us, home is where some of our worst habits and behavior are on display. But through our relationships with our loved ones we are challenged to bear and display the Gospel.
Do we model the attitude of Jesus (Philippians 2:3-8) to our family members? How does the Gospel inform the rhythms and habits of our households?