A good man from god
Just about anyone will tell you that Jesus was a good man, even avowed atheists. Our 21 st Century ears might not get that right away but those listening did. They understood perfectly what Jesus was saying and did the only logical thing to do under the circumstances. They picked up stones to kill him, hoping for a good head shot. Jesus was claiming to be God — to the Jews, a blasphemous lie worthy of death.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: "God Walks The Dark Hills" By Vestal Goodman (1998)
5 Characteristics Of A Godly Man
But you, as a person dedicated to God, keep away from all that. Instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith and lay hold of that eternal life you were called for and made your good confession for in the presence of many witnesses. 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.
He alone possesses immortality and lives in unapproachable light, whom no human has ever seen or is able to see. To him be honor and eternal power! In this text, Paul strikes a contrast between the false teachers and Timothy. It is only used here and in 2 Timothy in the New Testament. Where the false teachers were men of this world, Timothy was a man of God.
Sadly, there are few men and women of God in the church—those truly possessed, identified, and speaking for God. In general, the church is often full of the immature who typically reflect the world more than God. For example, when Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he called them infants in Christ and worldly in 1 Corinthians He said,. So, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but instead as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
I fed you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. In fact, you are still not ready, for you are still influenced by the flesh. For since there is still jealousy and dissension among you, are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people? He calls them worldly three times in three verses. Instead of being peacemakers, they were known for jealously and quarreling.
Instead of being identified by godliness, they were identified by worldliness. Unfortunately, this typifies much of the church. What are characteristics of the mature in faith—men and women of God? How can we develop these qualities? In 1 Timothy , Paul gives four commands to Timothy, the man of God, and a motivation to fulfill the commands. From these, we gain five characteristics of the man of God. As we study these, they challenge us to be men and women of God—those identified by their relationship with God, rather than people characterized by this world.
Though these truths apply to both sexes, throughout this study, I will primarily use the male designation, man of God, as the text does. Big Question: What characteristics of a man or woman of God can be discerned from 1 Timothy ? Some things the man of God must wisely flee. In the context, it has to do with the evils associated with loving money 1 Tim However, the need to flee sin is taught throughout Scripture: believers are called to flee sexual immorality 1 Cor , idolatry 1 Cor , and youthful lusts 2 Tim It has the ability to trap, dominate, and destroy him.
Therefore, he flees. It is his recognition of his vulnerability that makes him strong. Men and women of God are known by what they flee—ungodly language, ungodly entertainment, discord, sexual immorality, etc. Are you a person of God—a holy fugitive? What are you fleeing? Application Question: Why is it so important for the man or woman of God to flee sin? Are there any specific compromises that you are especially vulnerable to? Not only is the man of God known by what he flees but by what he pursues.
Paul lists six godly character traits that the man of God pursues. It is something that a person continually works at for the rest of his life. They are in pursuit of looking like their Lord Jesus. Observation Question: What are the six character traits Paul lists and how do we pursue them? Are you pursuing godly character?
Application Question: If you had to pick one of the six character traits to focus on in your spiritual life, which would you choose and why? It describes a person straining and giving his best to win the prize or win the battle. Satan always attacks the doctrines of Scripture. He does this because he realizes what we believe affects how we live, and therefore if he can twist or taint what we believe, it will lead to loss or destruction.
For this reason, Timothy should guard and fight for the truth, even as Paul did. In 1 Timothy, Paul contends for the faith, as he does in most of his letters—combatting false teaching. The following verses support the importance of believers fighting for the faith:. Dear friends, although I have been eager to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel compelled instead to write to encourage you to contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
The history of the Christian church consists of repeated battles where the enemy introduces destructive heresies, those heresies are confronted, and the truth is clarified and proclaimed. Many other New Testament letters have the same polemic thrust. The great church councils and creeds, while not carrying Scriptural authority, were attempts to correct false teaching and to set forth sound teaching.
The Reformation consisted of godly men like Luther and Calvin combatting the corruption and false doctrine that had permeated the Roman Catholic church and setting forth the great truths of Scripture. In addition, Steve Cole describes many of the great men of God and their battles throughout history, as he quotes J. Gresham Machen. He [J. To persevere, we must flee worldliness; pursue godliness; and, fight the good fight of the faith.
This is not only true on the macro-level as we consider the fundamental doctrines of the faith but any deception of Satan. Second Corinthians says:. We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.
Though fighting is difficult and undesired, we must hope to be faithful like Paul. What does fighting for the faith look like practically? Rom His good confession probably refers to his subsequent baptism. At times, Scripture refers to eternal life as something future and other times as a present reality. It is a present reality that we must seek and live out.
This is exactly what Paul commands Timothy to do—to live out eternal life. Timothy already had eternal life but he needed to seize it and live it out—he needed to live out his sanctification.
There are many aspects of this eternal life that we must seize and pursue with violence. We must take hold of peace instead of anxiety and worry. Isaiah said that God keeps at perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on him Is We must take hold of joy, as we are commanded to rejoice in the Lord Phil The man of God must seize eternal life and live it out daily.
He should accept nothing less than the promises God has given him. Are you taking hold of eternal life? Eternal life is not just for eternity. It is a quality of life that God desires us to live now, but we must violently seize it. Are you living it out? The man of God seizes eternal life and lives it out now. Application Question: How should one take hold of eternal life and seek to live it out now on earth? What aspects of eternal life do you feel God is calling you to grab hold of?
The more one knows God—the more God can use him for his kingdom. It is the same way God challenged Moses. He called Moses to set Israel free, but Moses declared that he was slow of speech. And this is true for each man or woman of God. The more they know God, the more they will be motivated to be faithful. Our hope must be in the character of the one who calls us cf.
Prov As we consider these aspects of God, it must challenge and encourage us to be faithful. Let us remember that greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world 1 John , and God can do more than we could ever ask or imagine Eph His omniscience should challenge and encourage us—especially as we realize that he also sees injustices that we encounter. He is the God who sees. Paul describes how Christ gave the good confession before Pilate.
Certainly, this would have been encouraging for Timothy to hear. If evil men threatened to kill Timothy, God could preserve him from death or ultimately resurrect him if he died—just as God did with Christ.
19. Characteristics of the Man (or Woman) of God (1 Timothy 6:11-16)
The more informed will know that the second word is not a cognomen, but a title — Christ, Greek for Messiah, the agent of God in the Hebrew scriptures, who will one day enter history to redeem his people and bring justice on earth. And anyone interested in religion will know that the difference between Jews and Christians is that the former are still waiting for Messiah, whereas the latter believe he has already come in the person of Jesus: hence, Jesus Christ. Christianity did not stop at its appropriation of the Hebrew concept of Messiah; it went on to trump other religions by claiming that Jesus was God himself, entered into history.
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Dear Girl, a Good Man Will Still Want You
There is, perhaps, no clearer proof that men are bad than the sort of people whom they consent to call good. It is a common observation that all words describing moral excellence tend to deteriorate and to contract their meaning, just as bright metal rusts by exposure, or coins become light and illegible by use. So it comes to pass that any decently respectable man, especially if he has an easy temper and a dash of frankness and good humour, is christened with this title 'good. You remember how Jesus Christ once rebuked a man for addressing Him so, not that He repudiated the title, but that the giver had bestowed it lightly and out of mere conventional politeness. The word is too noble to be applied without very good reason. But here we have a picture of Barnabas hung in the gallery of Scripture portraits, and this is the description of it in the catalogue, 'He was a good man. It begins at the outside, and works inwards. He was 'full of the Holy Ghost. How came he to be that?
A Good Man or the God-Man? The Case for the Deity of Jesus
The Son of God does the works of God He has been put on earth to do. The man of God imitates the Son of God and focuses his heart, soul, mind, and strength on doing the works of God with Jesus. But why? Why should I let God redefine me? Why should I release every last part of my will to this process?
In Jeremiah , God told Jeremiah to see if he could find a good man. First, a good man is one who is careful in his dealings with others The man whom God considers a good man is one who is fair and honest in his dealings with others. Second, a good man is one who is committed to seeking the truth
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You wear long skirts; you have tattoos. You wear purity rings; you have wayfarer glasses. We live in a world singed around the edges with the black burning of sin.
When I was a young man, I did everything quickly. I spoke quickly, and I walked quickly. When you are a quick person it is much easier for you to lose your temper. When I wanted to do something quickly and another person was going slowly, I became irritated. Then I got saved when I was nineteen.
Why Jesus is Not a Good Man
The steps of a man are established by the Lord , And He delights in his way. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.
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