1 Timothy 4:6-16
Everyone born into this world is born dead in trespasses and sins, walking according to the pattern of this world, having no hope, and without God. But thanks to Jesus Christ, those who believe have been redeemed by his blood, taken out of darkness and placed into light, granted access by one Spirit to the Father, and have been made alive in Christ. Now we are able to walk worthy of God in strong confidence because we have been called into his kingdom, rendered saints and members of the household of God, and joined to the Body of Christ. In this exalted position, Christ calls us to minister to one another with spiritual gifts through a caring and serving ministry that strengthens, protects, and encourages one another for the glory of Jesus Christ. But, what does it mean to be a good minister of Jesus Christ? Paul shares two essentials required for all who represent Jesus Christ in ministry.
Each minister is to:
- Protect against attacks on the truth – 1 Timothy 4:6-10
- Practice behavior consistent with the truth – 1 Timothy 4:11-16