“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. ” – 1 Timotei 6:11
What a privilege to be called God’s man, a man who belongs to God in a personal way. He doesn’t belong, in a sense, to the church. He doesn’t belong to an association. He doesn’t even belong to relationships in life, family, and extended family. In a very unique way he is God’s man.
And by the way, that’s a very selective phrase, it is never used in the New Testament for anyone other than Timothy, and that makes it unique. It is to Timothy that this term “man of God” is first applied. However it was a common term in the Old Testament. Paul must have known that, and certainly Timothy would have known that because he was raised on the Old Testament.
What did it mean in the Old Testament to be a man of God? It first appears in Deuteronomy 33:1 where Moses the great prophet is the first one called the man of God.
It was also used in the book of Judges, chapter 13, verses 6 and 7, to describe an angel, a messenger from God sent with the message to the wife of Manoah announcing the birth of Sampson.
It was also used to describe a prophet who spoke for God to Eli the high priest predicting divine judgment on his wretched family, 1 Samuel chapter 2.
And then it was used to identify Samuel. Samuel is called the man of God in 1 Samuel 9.
So we gain from that a very clear indication that this is reserved for someone who speaks for God, speaks on behalf of God, someone who belongs to God in a unique way so that he is God’s representative speaking on God’s behalf.
If you study 1 Thimoty 6:11-14 you will discover what defines a man of God.
Man of God is known by what he flees from, what he follows after, what he’s fighting for, and then finally what he is faithful to.
And look closely at how the passage ends! The life of a faithful minister has at its end a doxology. That’s how it ought to end. What amazing praise for such a high calling when it’s offered to God as an acceptable sacrifice. Because the man of God is fleeing and following and fighting and faithful, the end of his life is a doxology. The end of his life is going to be praise to God.
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