Exercise: Greek, “Gumnaze” — Greek athlete doing athletic exercises in the gymnasium. “As the Greek athlete disciplines his body with strenuous exercise and rigorous training, so Timothy [and every follower of Christ] is to discipline himself [herself] in godliness.” D. Edmond Hiebert
Godliness: GOAL for life — “…active, healthy, practical piety which ever seeks personal holiness and is completely devoted to God.” D. Edmond Hiebert
Promise: “A promise of favor or blessing”
Becoming Spiritually F.I.T. for LIFE!
Accepting the Call, Command, and Challenge to live a godly life, and to experience the benefits of God’s Total Health Care plan.
“… exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4: 7-8 KJV
“… train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4: 7-8 NIV
“Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.” 1 Timothy 4: 7-8 NLT
“Take time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit. Bodily fitness has a certain value, but spiritual fitness is essential both for this present life and for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4: 7-8 J B Phillips (the New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips, copyright 1960, 1972 J.B. Phillips. Administered by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Used by permission)
“Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit. Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually, and practice being a better Christian
because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too.” The Living Bible, copyright 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.
“Exercise daily in God — no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.” The Message, copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson