The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5 NIV
But the purpose of the authoritative command is love out of a pure heart and a clear conscience and faith without hypocrisy.
*with the Jewish words translated
1 Timothy 1:5 OJB*
What command is Paul writing about in his letter to Timothy in this verse?
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith
1 Timothy 1:3-4
So, the command is to not to teach false doctrines any longer, that’s number one and number two, not to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Thus getting away from false doctrines, myths, and genealogies, Paul returns to the goal/purpose of this command is love, a return to love as its focus as described in 1 Corinthians 13:
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
This is love which comes from a pure heart that few of us have, but struggle towards as our hope and goal. A heart free from selfish desires and evil passions. The more we free ourselves of selfish desires and evil – sinful – passions the closer we come to being ‘pure in heart’ and then we come closer to what Jesus said in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
One cannot have a pure heart without a good conscience and a sincere faith. How does one obtain a good conscience, by avoiding activities where one’s conscience feels guilt. Avoiding violations of one’s knowledge of right and wrong, avoidance of a life of sin is the beginning otherwise one is living in hypocrisy. Then there is sincere faith, not only in Jesus, but in the knowing, beyond confidence, the love God has for each and every one of us.
Enjoy the knowledge of God’s great love for each and every one of us as Jesus stated in John 3
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.