13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The command that Paul charges Timothy with can be found the previous two verses: “11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Timothy is told to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness, but where are these to be found? It sounds a lot like the fruit of the Spirit of which Paul wrote to the Galatians about! Paul is urging Timothy to flee from fleshly things and pursue a life in the Spirit of God of which he will find the character of God imbued upon him. I like using the word ‘imbued’ here as it describes a saturation of; or to be stained, by the Holy Spirit. Being in His presence saturates our being, stains us with more of His likeness!
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.