Use these instructions (1 Tim. 4:6)

“If you put

These instructions

Before the brothers,

You will be a good servant

Of Jesus Christ,


On the words of faith

And of sound teaching

That you have followed.”

Ταῦτα ὑποτιθέμενος τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς καλὸς ἔσῃ διάκονος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ, ἐντρεφόμενος τοῖς λόγοις τῆς πίστεως καὶ τῆς καλῆς διδασκαλίας ᾗ παρηκολούθηκας·

Paul said, “If you put these instructions (Ταῦτα ὑποτιθέμενος) before the brothers (τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς), you will be a good servant or deacon (καλὸς ἔσῃ διάκονος) of Jesus Christ (Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ), nourished (ἐντρεφόμενος) on the words of faith (τοῖς λόγοις τῆς πίστεως) and of sound teaching (καὶ τῆς καλῆς διδασκαλίας) that you have followed (ᾗ παρηκολούθηκας).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ὑποτιθέμενος that means to place under, lay down, suggest to, or put in mind.  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἐντρεφόμενος, that means to train up, nourish, or educate.  Paul reminded Timothy that if he put Paul’s instructions before the Christian brother believers, he would be a good deacon or servant of Jesus Christ.  Fortunately, Timothy had been nourished on the words of faith and sound teaching, since Paul had been his teacher.  Not only had he received the proper teaching.  He had followed this teaching.  Do you follow the teaching of Jesus Christ that you have received?

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