The entire message of chapter four was really a charge to “earnestly contend for the faith”. It shows us what we are fighting against, how to fight against it, and the methodology we are to use in contending for the faith. Now as we move into chapter five, Paul builds off the closing words of chapter four. Through chapter five he challenges us with the fact that ministry is more than just fighting against erroneous doctrine, for he turns our attention from contending to caring.
Paul points out that ministry is people, and when you have people, you have diversity, and when you have diversity, you will have challenges. There will be people who need correction, there will people who need support, and there will be people who need guidance. The rule regarding care guides us through these challenges that we may continue to be that place where people are confronted with the Truth and the life of Christ. Guy King wrote:
There is no question that in the mind of the Holy Spirit, who inspired these utterances, the social aspects of the faith are of fundamental importance.[i]
The first challenge we face in caring for the house of God will be the area of correction. How are we to "...consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works" (Hebrews 10:24).
Well under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul exhorts us to correct like a family.
[i] King, Guy H. (1962). A Leader Led: An Expositional Study of 1 Timothy (p. 88). Basingstoke, Hants., RG23 TCP. Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd.
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