Nourished Up in Good Doctrine

1 Timothy 4:6

“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.”

Today, there are many who claim to be “ministers” (or servants) of Jesus Christ. But the Bible warns us that in the last days, many false teachers would come. For example, in 1 Timothy 4:1, it is written – “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils”.

So, it is important to know what constitutes a good and faithful minister. Today’s text teaches us that a good minister of Jesus Christ is a person who will “put the brethren in remembrance of these things”. The phrase “put … in remembrance” can be literally translated as “to lay before”. This means that a good minister will constantly persuade people concerning all things that are written in this epistle and the rest of the Scriptures. While the false ministers teach people doctrines of devils, good ministers of Christ will repeatedly and emphatically teach what is written in the Bible, so that believers may apply its good doctrine into their lives.

The good ministers, who know that they have to teach God’s Word clearly and correctly, would seek to be “nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine”. In other words, they will be diligent in their study of God’s Word. They will not be like those who study the Bible only enough to teach a class or to preach a sermon. They will constantly study the Word of God. They will be well-equipped with good doctrines of the Bible to feed the people of God. Only diligent students of God’s Word would make good ministers of Jesus Christ.

Prabhudas Koshy