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Re: I'm Older than You Are!

"Let no one despise your youth, but become an example to the believers
in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1Tm4:12)

"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to
teach you again the rudimentary principles of the Words of God; and
you have come to need milk and not solid food." (Heb5:12)

In correspondence with a sister (in Christ) recently I was reminded of 
something I hear from people actually quite regularly. It is not the #1 
argument ever used, but it is quite frequent. The 'reason' the Believer 
is supposed to listen to their doctrines of apostasy is because they 
have been a Christian "LONGER THAN YOU" -THEREFORE- they "KNOW MORE 
THAN YOU" do. Since I've been a Christian for 47 years, I don't receive 
this one all that much, although, on occasion some person will 
pontificate that their "wisdom" comes from having known the Lord for
50-60 years... therefore, that gives them the "right to be heard"...for
their false doctrines.

On the other hand, the e-mails that really do my heart good are the 
ones that come from those of a 'humble' sort. They fall backwards all 
over themselves with apologies for being "so young" in the things of 
the Lord, for asking what they assume must be "stupid questions", but
those of "superior" Scriptural understanding are telling them one
thing...  but as they have been devouring the Scriptures as brand new
'baby' Christians, they see the Bible telling them something different
than these "mature" ones are telling them. But as they describe what
they are concluding from reading the Scripture, it is obvious that they
have a better understanding than those with all the years of
experience.

"I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies
are my meditation." (Ps119:99) "How can a young man cleanse his way? By
taking heed according to Your word." (Ps119:9)

Where did young Timothy's 'authority' in God's Word come from? When he 
was apparently discouraged Paul exhorts him to "stir up the gift of God 
which is in you.." How did he receive the gift?  "..through the laying
on of my hands" (2Tm1:6) Paul was an apostle, and would appoint people
to ministry. Timothy's authority did not come from his own
consciousness and will, but from God.

On the other hand, those of Hebrew/Jewish background for centuries,
with a two-millennia history, were chided that, even though they had
this long history, they had "come to need -MILK-".

According to Moses, whenever someone of authority in God's Word rose 
up, it was not of their own doing. There was nothing stipulating an 
"age" requirement. But, "if there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, 
make Myself known to him in a vision. And I speak to him in a dream." 
(Nu12:6)  Samuel was just a wee-tyke when God revealed Himself to him. 
(1Sam3)

You see, this is it. What is the guardian against apostate teachings? 
"These things I have written to you concerning those who try to lead 
you astray. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides 
in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as the same 
anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a 
lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him." (1Jn2:26-27)

What was Timothy told was his standard? Older teachers? Some historic 
"great men of God"? The "church fathers"? Church tradition?  Some
famous itinerate book author and lecture series speaker? A TV 
personality?

"But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been
assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from
childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make
you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All
Scripture is breathed by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man
of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
(2Tm3:14-17)

Amen!