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1 Timothy 6:11 NASB95
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NASB95
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
What does it mean to be called a “man of God”?
Who is the man of God?
Certain men in Scripture are identified by with something or someone:
man of the field (Esau) -
man of peace -
man of war (David) -
man of valor (Gideon) -
man of violence -
man of sorrows (Jesus Christ) -
man of strife and contention (Jeremiah) -
man of lawlessness (Antichrist) -

A Man of God

The Man of God in the Old Testament

Certain men in the O.T. are ascribed with the title “man of God”
Moses
Deuteronomy 33:1 NASB95
Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death.
Elijah
2 Kings
2 Kings 1:9–10 NASB95
Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. And he said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’ ” Elijah replied to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
David
Nehemiah 12:24 NASB95
The heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers opposite them, to praise and give thanks, as prescribed by David the man of God, division corresponding to division.
Nehemiah
anonymous prophets
1 Samuel 2:27 NASB95
Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Did I not indeed reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh’s house?
1 Samuel
1 Kings 20:28 NASB95
Then a man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel and said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because the Arameans have said, “The Lord is a god of the mountains, but He is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’ ”
2 Chronicles 25:7 NASB95
But a man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel nor with any of the sons of Ephraim.
Angel from God
Judges 13.
Judges 13:6 NASB95
Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, “A man of God came to me and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. And I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name.
A “man of God” is one who delivers a message from God.
A “man of God” is one who is especially chosen by God to do a significant work.
Moses the prophet
David the king

The Man of God in the New Testament

specifically calls out Timothy as a “man of God”
1 Timothy 6:11 NASB95
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
speaks of men in general
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NASB95
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Specifically, a man of God is a “male Christian” who has been called and ordained by God to do a specific work in the ministry.
Timothy was only one of them
Generally, a man of God is “any believer”, whether male or female, who is called of God to salvation and ordained to manifest the perfect will of God through a life of service.
1 and 2 Timo
1 and 2 Timothy are first and foremost personal letters of Paul to Timothy.
Secondly, they are Scripture designed to instruct and equip believers in general.

Adam, the First Man

Adam was the first human

Adam was the first man of God

Before Adam was given a wife and a family to raise and nurture, He received 4 important things from God.
First, he was fashioned by the Hand of God.
Genesis 2:7 NASB95
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
as the first man of God, Adam was first to be molded by the hand of God into a person that God wanted him to be.
Second, he was instructed to work
Genesis 2:15 NASB95
Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
“cultivate” the garden
as the first man of God, Adam was first to receive the command to work.
Third, he was instructed to keep the garden
Genesis 2:15 NASB95
Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
“keep” the garden
as the first man of God, Adam was the first to be given responsibility to safeguard something that is important to God’s economy.
Fourth, he received God’s perfect will
Genesis 2:16–17 NASB95
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Genesis 2.17-18
as the first man of God, Adam was first to learn God’s perfect will for their lives on earth.
Note:
Genesis 2:16–17 NASB95
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Gensis 2.16-17
Only after these things were done and given to Adam, did God say “it is not good for the man to be alone...”
Therefore, it is not advisable for a man to become husband to a wife unless these 4 things are true in his life.

Timothy, the Man of God

Paul’s letters to Timothy contained instructions that are similar to those given to Adam.
First, Timothy was touched by God
God touched his life in 2 significant ways: (1) during his childhood; and (2) in his adult life
2 Timothy 3:15 NASB95
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Scripture had a huge influence in his growing up years
2 Timothy 3.1
1 Timothy 4:14 NASB95
Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.
1 Timothy 4.14
2 Timothy 1:6–7 NASB95
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
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the prophecy was followed by the laying on of hands, in which occasion the Spirit of God began to move mightily in his life.
Second, Timothy received a task, a work to accomplish
Paul assigned him a work according to the gift given to him
1 Timothy 1:3 NASB95
As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,
Third, he was entrusted with important responsibilities
1 Timothy 1:18 NASB95
This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,
this verse is followed by a series of instructions about church activities, works, leadership, functions, relationships (chapters 2-6)
2 Timothy 1:14 NASB95
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
Paul was instructed to “watch over” (keep) the responsibilities under his care
Fourth, Timothy was given the Word of God
2 Timothy 3.
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NASB95
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
The Scripture is enough to adequately equip the man of God for the work of ministry.

The Man of God Today

You are the “man of God” today
you have called by the gospel of God to salvation
you are appointed to manifest the perfect will of God
Your responsibilities are two-fold:
1 Timothy 4:16 NASB95
Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
1 Timothy 4.16
you are given
Your responsibilities to others...
to “instruct”
1 Timothy 1:3 NASB95
As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,
1 Timothy 6:17 NASB95
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
1 Timothy 4:11 NASB95
Prescribe and teach these things.
1 Timothy 5:7 NASB95
Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.
to “remind”
2 Timothy 2:14 NASB95
Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
to “preach the word”
2 Timothy 4:1–5 NASB95
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2 Timothy 4.
Your responsibilities to yourself…
stir up your gift/gifts
2 Timothy 1:6 NASB95
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
present yourself approved to God
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB95
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Avoid worldly and empty chatter
2 Timothy 2:16 NASB95
But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,
2 Timothy 2.16
Flee youthful lusts
2 Timothy 2:22 NASB95
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
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Continue in the things you have learned and assured of
2 Timothy 3:14 NASB95
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
Be sober, endure all things, fulfill your ministry
2 Timothy 4:5 NASB95
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
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