015: What the man of God does
“But you, man of God, flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you have made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)
John MacArthur makes 4 really important observations about what the ‘man of God’ (in the context of the letter of Timothy, the man of God is the one who proclaims the Word of God, the pastor/elder rather than an ordinary church member, although they are to do these things as well).
First, the man of God flees. He flees from pointless arguments and disputes (1 Timothy 1:4). He flees from silly myths (1 Timothy 4:7). He flees from the love of money (1 Timothy 3:3; 6:10).
Second, the man of God follows. He follows after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11).
Third, the man of God fights. He fights for the faith (1 Timothy 6:12). He fights for godliness (1 Timothy 4:12). He fights against distractions.
Fourth, the man of God remains faithful. He is faithful to the good confession (1 Timothy 6:12). He is faithful to the commandments of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
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