I Timothy

I Timothy 6:11-16 The Good Confession.

Paul regarded Timothy as a man of God who should flee the snares of the false teachers, such as sinful pride and greed (vv. 3-10). There were more valuable things for Timothy to pursue such as “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (v. 11). These are all the fruit of the Spirit’s presence in one’s life (Cf. Gal. 5:22-23). The life of a Christian must be one of continual progress in sanctification, it is a spiritual war, “the good fight of faith” (v. 12a). Who we are and how we live must measure up to “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (v. 12b). Integrity is having harmony between one’s confession and how one lives.

Paul regarded these words as a command to Timothy, made “in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus” (v. 13a). It is a command to follow the very pattern given by the Lord Himself when He “witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate” (v. 13b-14a). “This may refer to Jesus’ trial before Pilate (Matt. 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3; John 18:33-37; 19:8-11), but is more likely an allusion to His death” (NGSB p. 1915). Again, the call to be blameless does not mean sinless, but it does mean not justifying sinful behaviour. This is a command for the church to follow “until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing” (v. 14b (Cf. II Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13).

This appearing is according to His own time, but even now He reigns as “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (v. 15 Cf. Rev. 17:14; 19:16). As the second person of the Trinity, He shares with the Father and the Spirit “immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen” (v. 16). Immortality means to live forever. The unapproachable light is the light of the Glory-Presence surrounding the throne of heaven. As to their deity, no one has ever or can ever see (Cf. Jn. 6:46). This is the only living and true God, and thus is alone worthy “to receive glory and honor and power” (Rev. 4:11).

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