Summary: To show which ones to stay away from and what are to follow after.
Are you a man of GOD?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show which ones to stay away from and what are to follow after.
1 Timothy 6:11 (Amplified Bible)
But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart.
Flee and pursue while here on this earth.
For the man of GOD
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: About 64 A.D., but uncertain
C. To whom written: Timothy, Paul's true son in the faith
1 Timothy 1:2 (New International Version)
To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. Main themes: Advice and exhortation to a young pastor respecting his personal conduct and ministerial work
E. Keyword: conduct
F. Key verse:
1 Timothy 3:15 (New International Version)
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
Man - "anthropos" - refers to human beings, mankind
A. Flee from all these things:
"But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things;"
1. Definition of Flee:
a. Flee - Greek word: pheugo
(1) to run away
(2) to shun
(3) to vanish
(4) to escape
2. Flee from all these things:
a. False doctrines
1 Timothy 6:3-5 (New International Version)
If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,
he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions
and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
b. Love of money
1 Timothy 6:9-10 (New International Version)
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
B. Pursue the following:
"and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart."
1. Definition of Pursue
a. Follow after - Greek word: "dioko"
(1) to pursue
(2) to follow after
(3) to press toward
1. Righteousness - "dikaiosune" - right standing with God and true goodness
2. Godliness - "eusebia" - is the loving fear of God and being CHRISTlike
3. Faith - "pistis" - reliance upon CHRIST for salvation, to believe, obey a moral conviction of the truthfulness of GOD.
4. Love - "agape" - affection, benevolence, dear, love. GOD's kind of love.
5. Steadfastness - "hupomone" - cheerful or hopeful endurance, constancy, patient continuance, with firmness, steadiness of mind.