O Man of God
Who is a Man of God?
The Scriptures speak of a number of “men of God.” Men like Moses, Elijah, King David and others, are referred to as men of God. They were used mightily by God to fulfill His purposes
“This is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.” (Deuteronomy 33:1)
“Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.” (2 Kings 1:10)
King David is called the Man of God (2 Chronicles 8:14)
Paul described Timothy as a man of God, and he gave him some specific virtues to develop in his life. Paul wrote, “O man of God... follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (1 Timothy 6:11)
Are there any men of God today? What about us, are we meant to be men and women of God as well? We might think that being a man of God is a special status relegated only to men of prominence like prophets, apostles and evangelists. Not so! Peter makes it clear that all Christians are to become men of God and people of God:
“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a very special people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
We see then that as Christians, led by God’s Holy Spirit, we are the people of God! It is fully God’s intention that the people of God be made perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:17). That is a tall order. How does a person develop into the kind of person God seeks? How do we grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? (2 Peter 3:18)
Some brethren make the mistake after their baptism of thinking that they “have it made,” and they start to coast. Let’s notice that we are admonished by God’s servants that we be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Peter said that we must take the entire Bible and be putting it all together
“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” (2 Peter 1:3)
So brethren, let us avail ourselves of these exceeding great and precious promises, and fully become the people of God.
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