1 Timothy

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1 Timothy 6:13-16 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

As Paul begins the conclusion to his letter to Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy who is watching over us. In fact, who we are to be serving. We are serving God who is without blame, who gives life to all who have life. Not only God the Father, but Jesus the Son of God. It is important to remember that we are serving Jesus because it was Jesus who faced persecution before Pilate, as a mortal man, and did not compromise his testimony by sinning. As Timothy would be forced to stand with God, so shall we be forced to stand. There will soon come a day when Christians will be persecuted for their beliefs. Yes, dear Christian, there will be a day when we will be railed upon, jailed, beaten and martyred for standing with God. I fear those days may be much sooner than we expect. We must remember that we are serving the King of Kings and that our lives are not in the hands of the persecutor, but in the hands of the Almighty King of Glory. In that, we must rejoice.

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1 Timothy 6:11-12 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Paul is charging Timothy to fell “these things,” or the things after which the ungodly seek. Instead of seeking wealth and following after the desires of the flesh, We are to be content with what God has given us. Moreover, there are some things after which we should pursue. We should seek righteousness, which one can obtain through salvation; godliness, which comes to one as the Holy Spirit of God works in the believer’s life; faith, which is built through a believer’s trials; love, whose origin is in the true love expressed by God, Himself; patience, which is a fruit of enduring trials; and meekness, which is evidence of wisdom. These things are the good things in a person’s life which show the world the working hand of God in a believer’s life. These are the evidence of God’s hand which will draw the lost man to Christ through a believer.