Friday, August 6, 2010

1 Timothy. Intro.

1 Corinthians 4:16-18, 1 Corinthians 16:9-11 - Passage Lookup - New American Standard Bible -

Timothy is an interesting character. I have yet to run across a passage in which he utters a word, but he is continuously put forth as an example. His duty, expressly charged by the apostle Paul, was to be a positive influence on the people of Corinth. He sends greetings to all churches, but no sermons are recorded. His gift does not seem to be preaching by any means, he seems to be an administrator who teaches with his actions.

Timothy clearly earned Paul's respect. It is interesting that he considers Timothy a son to him, though they are very different indeed. Paul is the outspoken preacher man who moves from town to town. Timothy is the one who is assigned to stop in the city and be an example of decent, Christian living.

In Timothy we see the importance of strong Christian leaders within the assembly. At least one strong leader can take a wayward church like Corinth, and be the tool God uses to minister to and refine them.

Paul truly sees Timothy as a son in the faith. He is protective of him. He re-confirms Timothy's commission. He, the one who was the beloved, respected preacher, gave his personal stamp of recommendation to Timothy. This kind of commendation could go a very long way.

Paul told the Corinthians not to despise him--a sentiment echoed to Timothy directly. It is easy to despize the spiritual man. Perhaps he's too strict. Perhaps he seems not strict enough. Perhaps he goes to church too much. Perhaps he does go to church enough. Perhaps he is too young or too old. There's always a reason to despise the one who represents the truth.

Let us not be too arrogant to listen to the truth.
Christopher M. Jimenez. Powered by Blogger.

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