INTRODUCTION: It is in this text that we find a contrast to the
preceding verses. Paul is reminding young Timothy that if these
scriptural admonitions are obeyed, it would assure him success
in his life's ministry and a continued testimony as a "man of
God." This text is also a reminder that God concerns Himself in
your personal life; both in private and in public. Note the
I. FLEE. v.11a
"but thou" - contrast between
Timothy and the false teachers. They were men of
the world, but
he was a "man of God."
"O man of God" - not an official
designation, but a spiritual
characterization; as one who
believes on Him, belongs to Him,
behaves like Him.
"flee" - (6:5) "withdraw thyself";
these things - v.4-5.
Flee anything that hinders the
Christian progress or lowers the
Christian standard. Does not
refer to literal running, but to
separating yourself from the sins
of the false teachers.
EXAMPLE: Joseph and Potiphar's wife
Genesis 39:12, "And she caught him
by his garment, saying, Lie with me:
and he left his garment in her
hand, and fled, and got out."
Where can we run?
Proverbs 18:10, "The name of the Lord
is a strong tower; the
righteous runneth into it, and
II. FOLLOW. v.11b
Separation without positive growth becomes
isolation. We must cultivate
these graces of the Spirit in our
lives, or else we will be known only
for what we oppose rather than for
what we propose. "Follow" - take
pain to pursue.
1. PERSONAL INTEGRITY
"Righteousness" - relation to
our fellow man; careful to act
righteously in all
relationships. The state of
heart and mind which is in
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