HOW TO KEEP STRONG IN THE MIDST OF A COLLAPSING CIVILIZATION
I TIMOTHY 6:1-21
In the sixty-eighth year of the first century there was an old man in a prison in Rome -- a little circular cell about twenty feet in diameter -- who was writing to a young man far across the Aegean and Adriatic Seas in Ephesus.
And the subject of his letter was how to keep strong in the midst of a collapsing civilization.
That is the theme of the letters of Paul to his son in the faith, Timothy. And that seems an appropriate subject for this twentieth-century hour, doesn't it?
I and II Timothy letters from the Apostle Paul's pen is the last that we have from him, then. It constitutes his swan song, his last words of exhortation, and it is peculiarly appropriate to the hour in which we live.
Timothy is now assuming a position of great responsibility; he is given the oversight of the Church at Ephesus. Timothy is only thirty-five years old and he is delicate, timid, and sensitive.
Paul some thirty years older that Timothy has experienced the perils and problems and he is now writing to give his protégé guidance and good cheer.
Let's look at the powerful and needful advice of Paul. "But thou, O man of God, Flee...follow...fight.
The term "man of God is one that is found in frequently in the Old Testament and it was applied to Moses, Samuel and David and Elijah.
The term was used for Elisha and it can be applied to every blood bought child of God.
I. VICES FROM WHICH WE ARE TO FLEE
The language of Paul is clear for it means there are certain things from which we, as Christians, must run. The little word flee is from pheugo, from which our English word "fugitive" derives.
Literally it means the man of God is to constantly flee from these things. He is to "be ever fleeing".
We are to flee and never allow these things to catch us. We are not to be caught by these things. The Christian life is not one in which we simply rela ...
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