“And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 3:15).
Wise Unto Salvation: The Lord is saying to us today, why is it you ask your why’s and wherefores in vain? The wise know where to go for their answers. The wise and aware come to Me, the Fountain of Living Waters, for answers that satisfy their souls.
It is the wisdom imparted to us from our teachers in our childhood years that keeps us as we grow older from the wiles and deceptions from the enemy of our souls. Our enemy is working hard in this generation to overthrow the wisdom of our forefathers, but this can be prevented if we will continue to teach our children well, and resist the new doctrines of those who oppose.
Teaching well is the teaching of the Faith of our Fathers grounded in the Word of God, the Scriptures, the Faith which is in Christ Jesus.
In his Epistle the Apostle wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy, who had been taught by his mother, Eunice and his grandmother, Lois (cf. II Timothy 1:5). Timothy’s father was a Gentile married to Timothy’s Jewish mother, Eunice. It was Timothy’s mother and grandmother who instilled in young Timothy the Holy Scriptures. When he heard the word of the Gospel from the Apostle Paul, his spiritual father, Timothy embraced it and became a disciple of Christ and faithful servant of the Lord under the tutelage of the Apostle.
The importance of believing mothers who instill the Word of God into their children cannot be overstated. The words of the mother to a child leave lasting impressions upon their young minds and hearts. When those words are words of faith, trust and hope in God, those words will make them wise unto salvation; and will teach them well the lessons of life and faith that are critical in later years to withstand the buffeting and bruising of the soul from the storms of life that arise upon all.
The Apostle encouraged his young disciple with these words: “Hold fast the form of sound words which you heard from me, in faith, and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing, which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us” (II Timothy 1:13-14).
If we will teach our children well, the Gospel will flourish, the Kingdom will advance, Christ will be glorified, the Church will grow up to maturity and be the witness to the Truth God the Father intended and the Great Commission will be fulfilled:
“Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Teach your children well. Their future and yours depend on it.