Timothy was a young pastor. It is not easy for a young pastor to instruct and teach older people. In Asian societies, older people may tell a younger person, “The salt I have eaten is more than the rice you have eaten!” This is like saying, “Young man, I know life better than you do.”
About Robert Solomon
Robert M. Solomon served as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000-2012. He now has an active itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching in Singapore and abroad. He is the author of 19 books, including The Race, The Conscience, The Sermon of Jesus and Faithful to the End.
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A good minister holds firmly to God’s truth. Paul reminds Timothy of being “brought up in the truths of the faith” and the “good teaching” that he had sincerely followed (v.6).
False and harmful teaching is unable to produce Christ-like character and behaviour. It is also dangerous because of the spiritual realities behind it.
Bad teaching is connected with bad behaviour while good teaching (sound doctrine) produces true transformation and godliness. Paul has shown how our worship, community life, leadership and ministry should testify to the truth and power of the gospel.
The ministry of deacons in the church supports and complements that of elders. In Paul’s list of qualifications for deacons, the focus is again on character rather than tasks.
More people could be convinced of the gospel’s truth if the behaviour of Christians corresponded with their beliefs.
Paul continues to discuss Christian behaviour that will help to convince people outside the church of the truth and power of the gospel.
Mahatma Gandhi told Dr E. Stanley Jones, a missionary to India, that he had no problem with the Christ of Christianity; his problem was with Christians. He observed that many of them did not live according to the teachings of Christ.
This epistle begins and ends with Paul’s charge to Timothy. Paul begins by urging Timothy to correct the false teachings and to deal effectively with those who were spreading such dangerous doctrines in the church. He concludes by instructing his spiritual son to watch his own life and doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16).
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