1 Tim 6.13-15
In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time.
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A little research led me to learn that this part of the letter of Timothy is meant for Timothy himself. This letter is full of instruction for running the church. Much of the sixth chapter seems to be general instructions or heard to specific groups; this is aimed at Timothy. That is not to say it is not applicable to us today.
Timothy was a convert who travels with Paul and had distinguished himself at a young age as someone who had “genuine faith” (Paul’s words). He has been entrusted with leadership of several churches. Why would such a person need to be reminded to keep the commandment?
As we all know, whatever our endeavors, burn out or discouragement can happen. When results are not immediate, when we take two steps forward and sometimes three back, it is easy to give into anger or despair. Timothy is a relatively new follower of Jesus (then again so were all Christians at the time). His flocks even newer. I know I’ve been overly eager when involved in a new thing. Often this is to the dismay of those to whom I should be listening and from whom I should learning. Paul probably was preparing Timothy for that by encouraging him to stay strong until the manifestation of Jesus.
And when would that be? Who knew, (who knows)? So, though Paul is setting an expectation and a goal for Timothy it is an indefinite time. But it will be the right time.
And that is the lesson for all of us. Keep Jesus’ command. Remember your faith confession even when you find yourself tested in your faith; which is like Jesus in front of Pilate.
The right time will come.
Loving God, we hope for Jesus to manifest in our lives and hearts so that we can keep the commandment to love You and to love or neighbors as ourselves. Be with us, strengthen us, love us.
Order of Saint Francis and Saint Clare