The Goal of Our Course

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Why are we here?  What is our goal (1 Timothy 1:5) or purpose (1 Timothy 4:7)?  What is the conclusion (Ecclesiastes 12:13) we draw after seeking the answer to such questions?  In reviewing the following verses that speak to this issue, you will see a common thread.  One way of stating it is that our goal in life is to become like Jesus.

Matthew 1:21  –  “…He will save His people from their sins.”

Luke 6:40  –  “…will be like his teacher.”  –  An NASB marginal note on “be like” reads “Or, reach his teacher’s level.”  Consider also John 8:31-32 and Hebrews 5:12 below in this regard.

John 8:31, 32  –  “…then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  –  Compare with Luke 6:40 above and Hebrews 5:12 below.

Acts 3:26  –  “…to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”


Romans 8:28, 29, 30  –  “…to those who are called according to His be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren…”

Romans 12:1, 2  –  “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

Romans 12:21  –  “…not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

2 Corinthians 5:9  –  “…we…have as our ambition…to be pleasing to Him

2 Corinthians 5:14, 15  –  “…so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”

2 Corinthians 5:21  –  “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him

2 Corinthians 11:3  –  “…the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

Philippians 3:8, 9, 10, 11  –  “…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

Colossians 1:9, 10, 11, 12  –  “…so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…”

1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12  –  “…to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need”

1 Timothy 1:5  –  “…the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith

1 Timothy 2:1, 2  –  “…so that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all godliness and dignity.” –  Compare with 1 Timothy 4:7 and 2 Timothy 3:12 below (i.e. an emphasis on godliness).

1 Timothy 4:7  –  “…discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;”  –  Compare with 1 Timothy 2:1-2 above and 2 Timothy 3:12 below (i.e. an emphasis on godliness).

1 Timothy 4:15  –  “…so that your progress will be evident to all.”  –  You do not have to how immediate perfection – rather, show progress over time toward the goal.  See The Progression of Our Course.
1 Timothy 4:16  –  “Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.”

2 Timothy 2:10  –  “…so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus…”

2 Timothy 3:7  –  “…to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

2 Timothy 3:12  –  “…to live godly in Christ Jesus…”  –  Compare with 1 Timothy2:1-2 and 1 Timothy4:7 above (i.e. an emphasis on godliness).

Titus 2:11, 12, 13, 14  –  “…to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”

Titus 3:14  –  “…to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs…”

Hebrews 5:12  –  “…to be teachers…”  –  Relate to Luke 6:40 above.  How can you be considered to have been “fully trained” if you are not ultimately a “teacher” like your teacher?

Hebrews 12:14  –  “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”

1 Peter 1:14, 15, 16  –  “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior…”

1 Peter 4:1, 2  –  “…so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”

2 Peter 3:9  –  “…not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

1 John 3:8  –  “…The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”

1 John 3:22  –  “…keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.”

1 John 3:23  –  “…that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another…”

Revelation 12:17 –  “…who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”


Ecclesiastes 12:13  –  “…fear God and keep His commandments…”

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