I Timothy

I Timothy 6:1-2 Honour To Whom Honour Is Due-A Good Testimony.

A bondservant or slave in NT times is not equivalent to an employee today. Obviously an employee has more freedom and independence. All the more reason for us to follow the general principles here. We are called to honour those in authority over us, and we show that honour by giving an honest effort in our work. As Paul pointed out elsewhere, we should work as if working for the Lord (Eph. 6:5-8; Titus 2:9-10; I Pet. 2:18-19). When we do what is right in our employment, we guard against “the name of God and His doctrine” from being blasphemed. As the name of God refers to everything about His character, what Paul emphasizes is both who God is and what He has revealed. People will look at the life and teaching of the Christian church and use it to form their understanding of God and His word. It is also important for those working for a fellow believer to not take advantage of this, but work just as hard to do the right thing to guard the reputation of both, and also “because those who are benefited are believers and beloved.” This is what Paul wanted Timothy to teach and exhort or preach.

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