Treat all people honorably

1 Timothy Bible Background

New Testament: 1Ti 6.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read First Timothy 6 on October 26, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Why did the church grow phenomenally in the first few centuries? Consider how our early brethren treated all people, including those who had authority over them:

Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed. And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.

– 1 Timothy 6.1–2

Paul taught and exhorted those things. So did Timothy, just as Paul told him to do. The teachers who followed after them continued that tradition of preaching. The members of the church who heard those messages believed it was the only way to act and so they did what they heard.

Do you think it impressed the Romans to see Christian slaves count their masters worthy of all honor? Oh yes, it did and that converted many of the Roman masters.


  • What can you do to impress the people around you, showing that you do not think and live as the rest of the world, but that you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ?
  • Are there people in your life who are of the world but who respect the way that you live?

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