You can’t make a delicious cake if the ingredients are bad. And the building materials have to be top quality to build a lasting edifice. In the same way, in the spiritual realm, in order to produce in the human life the things that please God, one has to start with true teaching:

But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5 NET

Paul had just ordered Timothy, at the beginning of the letter, to make some people stop teaching false doctrine, for it’s impossible to do God’s work in a person’s life when one begins with wrong teachings.

It’s common to say that what matters is what’s in the heart. That’s true, as far as it goes.

In order to have a pure heart that produces the love of God, not to mention a good conscience and a sincere faith, we have to start with sound doctrine. With the truth of the gospel. With right teaching.

Without that, all the rest is spoiled.


One thought on “Bad ingredients won’t bake a tasty cake

  1. Excellent point – plus a good reminder not to lose sight of “the goal of our instruction”. Keeping that in mind will certainly enhance our teaching.

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