How do you deal with a sinning professed believer who is not a church member? Second Corinthians 10:4-5 says: for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. I charge you before God who gives life to all things and Christ Jesus who made his good confession before Pontius Pilate, to obey this command without fault or failure until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ—whose appearing the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will reveal at the right time. Christ said that we’ll give an account in the last days for every idle word (Matt 12:36). He said. In addition, apart from God’s grace through Christ, man cannot approach God—at least not in his fullness. For this reason, Timothy should guard and fight for the truth, even as Paul did. “Keep away” from all that can be translated “flee.” The man of God is identified by what he “flees.” We might think that Paul would say, “Stand firm!” or “Fight!” Scripture calls us to stand firm against the attacks of the devil (Eph 6:11) and to resist him (James 4:7), but Paul doesn’t say that here. It’s Mother’s Day, and most moms deserve a break. 31:11a). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. She is far more precious than jewels. In this text, Paul strikes a contrast between the false teachers and Timothy. Many other New Testament letters have the same polemic thrust. Paul said that God “alone possesses immortality” (v. 16). The noble husband has a place of spiritual leadership in the community. She is clothed with strength and dignity; and faithful instruction is on her tongue… . Are you pursuing love? Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. Paul lists six godly character traits that the man of God pursues. If a husband has a critical spirit, his wife will not flourish; she will struggle in her work, and she will never become the woman God wants her to be. God commands us to not only love our neighbor but to love our enemy. Are you pursuing godly character? Not very many women compare favorably with that description, but my mother happens to be one of them. One of the things we learn from Proverbs 31 is that the reverse is also true: behind every noble wife, there stands a godly husband. He, too, is a hard worker, a man who provides for the needs of his family. Proverbs 31 is a poem of praise for “The Wife of Noble Character.” It was written by King Lemuel, who knew how to lay it on pretty thick: out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 1 Timothy (p. 276). God’s omniscience must challenge us to be faithful—he knows and sees all. No doubt, Timothy needed to hear this as he was prone to timidity and fear. But what does he mean by “lay hold of that eternal life?”. So I close with a question for husbands: Is your wife the kind of woman King Lemuel had in mind? The other announcer remarked, “Yeah, and that’s with somebody knocking him down every 4.6 yards!” A Christian may get knocked down by sin every few yards, but he gets up and keeps moving toward righteousness. 31:10, 15-17, 25-26, 29). 17 Accessed 9/17/16 from https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-24-integrity-under-fire-1-timothy-613-16, Greg Brown earned his MA in religion and MA in teaching from Trinity International University, a MRE from Liberty University, and a PhD in theology from Louisiana Baptist University. She knows that his honor is also her honor. If God is totally in control, then they can have great peace because even bad things somehow work to their good (Rom 8:28). He controls everything to His own joyous ends.12, The blessed God is the only source of true blessing and joy for His creatures. Normally, of course, Piper would have worked on applying such truth to his flock. So he said, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (Prov. Either way, he was to obey his orders “without fault or failure.”. For example, when Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he called them infants in Christ and worldly in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. His yes means yes and his no means no. Finally, Paul describes the greatest motivating factor for the man of God—God’s character. She is active in social work, caring for the needs of the poor (Prov. It describes a person straining and giving his best to win the prize or win the battle.”6 The Greek literally says, “agonize the good agony.”7. In response, God said, “Who made the tongue?” Moses was challenged to be faithful based on his knowledge of God’s greatness. Santa Barbara, CA: David Guzik. It is sometimes said that behind every good man, there stands a good woman. The Bible Teacher’s Guide, First Timothy: Becoming a Good Minister of Christ Jesus, https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-23-going-distance-1-timothy-611-12, https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-24-integrity-under-fire-1-timothy-613-16. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT History: Ruth 2:1 Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's (Ru Rut.) Love is the Greek word “agape”—referring to godlike love. Therefore, he flees. Or it could mean “faith”—daily depending on God as we abide in him and seek his face (cf. He [J. Gresham Machen] concludes rightly, “It is impossible to be a true soldier of Jesus Christ and not fight” (cited in Fundamentalist Journal [3/83], p. 34). or in unaltered excerpts, as long as you do not charge a fee. Paul said that God was the “only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (v. 15). And this is true for each man or woman of God. Prov 18:10). And on the flip side, if God isn’t totally in control, then why pray? To him be honor and eternal power! This is a mystery, but it is a mystery that gives great comfort to the man or woman of God. 10 Hughes, R. K., & Chapell, B. Paul says, “to obey this command without fault or failure until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 14). It is a quality of life that God desires us to live now, but we must violently seize it. He is the author of. One of the things that motivates the wife of noble character is her husband’s nobility. God is absolutely sovereign and omnipotently rules everything everywhere. 15 Guzik, D. (2013). 11 Hughes, R. K., & Chapell, B. Which characteristic of God stood out most to you and why? But you, as a person dedicated to God, keep away from all that. Paul charges him “before God who gives life to all things and Christ Jesus” (v. 13). Eternal life is not just for eternity. But true and lasting satisfaction can only be found in God Himself who is blessed.13.