Posted by: SandreS | July 10, 2010

Finding Faithful Men

And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also (II Timothy 2:2).

Paul’s instruction to Timothy is of a very personal and individual nature throughout II Timothy. Those in Asia had abandoned the teachings and practices of Paul. They had turned away from him. They were now embracing the religious system; a “Christian” religious system – “Christendom.”

Timothy therefore now finds himself on the outside of the activities of those around him. Interestingly enough, Paul never instructs Timothy anywhere in this epistle to “go in” among them and see if he could “turn the tide.” Instead of ministering to “a congregation,” “a church,” “an assembly,” or “his parishioners,” Paul tells Timothy to find “faithful men.” Timothy was to seek out men, “faithful men,” to whom he could commit Paul’s message.

Paul had no thought of Asia ever being “revived.” Instead, because of the apostasy, his instruction to Timothy concerning the ministry of the Word had now become extremely narrow, intensely individual – “faithful men!”

The importance of faithfulness can be clearly seen in I Corinthians 4:2.

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Paul did not want Timothy to spend his time and energy on “denominations,” “conventions,” “groups” and “congregations” of men who were not faithful to the Lord and His message. Timothy was not instructed to commit his message to the “masses.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2010

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