A Covenant Between Men
to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ — 1 Timothy 6:14
So what "commandment" is Paul referring to here? Is he referring to the great commandment? Or is it some private "agreement" that the two have made?
I think, most likely; this is the commandment he has just given to him. He needs to get in the arena and keep up the good fight.
But here, Paul turns this commandment into something more significant — a spiritual covenant between two men.
I love this. He did something that spiritual brothers rarely do that needs to be resurrected. He makes a spiritual covenant with Timothy. It even has declared goals and terms.
The goals are:
- Remain unaffected by the heretics and their teachings.
- Remain free from public ridicule in how and what he proclaims about Jesus.
And the terms:
- Remain in effect until Jesus comes again.
I wish we did this more often. This is positive spiritual reinforcement. It's much better than negative spiritual reinforcement or reactive approaches to spiritual growth.
So why not try it? Try determining one spiritual goal with terms and seal it in a covenant with another spiritual brother, and see if it does not call you to a higher commitment to God and each other. And as you do it, fight the good fight hard, but do it without being lazy or becoming a legalist.
ASK THIS: Is there a spiritual covenant you need to make?
DO THIS: Make it with another man.
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for the covenant you make with us. Help me to be faithful to the covenants I make with others.
PLAY THIS: Promises.
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