Godliness is valuable (1 Tim. 4:8)

“While physical exercise

Is of some value,

Godliness

Is valuable

In every way.

It holds promise

For both

The present life

And the life to come.”

ἡ γὰρ σωματικὴ γυμνασία πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶν ὠφέλιμος· ἡ δὲ εὐσέβεια πρὸς πάντα ὠφέλιμός ἐστιν, ἐπαγγελίαν ἔχουσα ζωῆς τῆς νῦν καὶ τῆς μελλούσης.

Paul said, “While physical exercise (ἡ γὰρ σωματικὴ γυμνασία) is of some value (πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶν ὠφέλιμος), godliness is (ἡ δὲ εὐσέβεια) valuable in every way (πρὸς πάντα ὠφέλιμός ἐστιν).  It holds promise (ἐπαγγελίαν ἔχουσα) for both the present life (ζωῆς τῆς νῦν) and the life to come (καὶ τῆς μελλούσης).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word γυμνασία, that means physical exercise in a wide sense, and the word ὠφέλιμος, that means useful, profitable, valuable, or beneficial.  Paul promoted the importance of godliness, both for this present life and the eternal life to come.  He pointed out that physical exercise or training has a limited value.  Among the Greco-Romans, physical training was a cultural idea, part of a good life.  Obviously, spiritual training was more important than mere physical exercise.  Godliness has benefits in many ways, both in the present life and a future eternal life.  Are you preparing for eternal life or are you just satisfied with his fleeting human life?

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