â€œBut thou, O manÂ of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.â€ (1 Timothy 6:11)
There are just two places in the New Testament where a person is called a â€œman of Godâ€ (both of which are in Paulâ€™s letters to Timothy), and they reveal the attributes which warrant us to call someone a man (or woman) of God.
The first occurrence, found in our text, tells us that such a person should, first of all, not be one who loves money and the material things money can buy, for â€œthe love of money is the root of all evilâ€ (see previous verse,Â 1 Timothy 6:10). Instead, his pursuit should be after personal righteousness and godliness, as well as stronger faith, more genuine love for others, more patience, and true meekness.
Speaking of meekness (not weakness), Moses was called â€œthe man of Godâ€ in the very first use of this phrase in the whole Bible, and we are told that â€œthe man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earthâ€ (Numbers 12:3). Yet he was able to lead two million Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and then through 40 years in the Sinai desert.
The second New Testament reference to the â€œman of Godâ€ is in reference to his use of the Scriptures. He will recognize that â€œall scripture is given by inspiration of God. . . . That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good worksâ€ (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Thus, the essential characteristics of a true man of God will be a great desire for personal righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and strong meekness, accompanied by the avoidance of any taint of greed or covetousness. In terms of his Christian beliefs, he will have an unshakable confidence in the verbal inerrant truth and authority of the Holy Scriptures. HMM