1 Timothy chapter 6 verses 3 to11 - Timothy - The 13th Man of God - JS Gillespie 

Don't get distracted verse 11: 

'but thou O man of God' (v11) 

12 disciples, 1 failed, was removed and was replaced by Matthias in Acts 1:25. 

Men of God – 12 in the OT: 

Moses – a man who gave the law of God (Ezra 3:2; 2 Chron 30:16), who blessed the people of God, in fact he left them with blessing (Deuteronomy 33:1). 
Angel of God appearing to Manoah, whose name is 'Wonderful,' (Judges 13:6,8) – a possible Christophany. 
Unnamed Man of God who brings a prophetic word of judgment and condemnation to Eli (1 Sam2:27) 
Samuel (1 Sam 9:6-10) – a man of God with a prophetic Word. 
Shemaiah who brought 'the Word of God' (1 King 12:22; 2 Chron 11:2) 
Man of God who prophesied against Jeroboam and his altar (1 Kings 13:1ff; 2 Kings 12:16), who was ultimately disobedient and was judged for his disobedience slain by a lion. 
Elijah (1Kings 17:18,24; 2Kings 1:9 -13) 
Unnamed man of God 1 Kings 20:28 
Elisha (2 Kings 4:7ff; 5:8ff; 6:6; 6:9ff; 8:2ff) 
David (2 Chron 8:14; Nehemiah 12:24, 36) 
Unnamed man of God 2 Chron 25:7,9 
Igdaliah (Jeremiah 35:4) 

Of these 12 OT men of God – one had been judged and slain. 

A place remained – Timothy, like Matthias becomes the 13th and yet the 12th. 

Destiny awaits Timothy to take his place as the man of God, with all of his weaknesses, all of his failings, yet with an all sufficient Christ! 

Perhaps one of the most surprising occurrences in the scriptures! 

One of the most unexpected pronouncements in the Word of God. 

Timothy is to be the replacement 


Fitted by God 

Marked out by God 

He is to be the Man of God 

No endorsement of Timothy's greatness 

It is an endorsement of Gods grace. 


Living by gods standards not by the relativism of the age. 

In the light of divine standards 


Living in the power of the Sanctuary 

In the enjoyment of Christ 

Anchored in heaven in the sanctuary 


The Unseen future founded on the certainty of past experience and living reality of a relationship with God 


Not just love like Christ but they love which comes from the indwelling of Christ. Love is indefinable and cannot be duplicated.