9.4 Timothy -- Fight the Good Fight
We miss the point if all we focus on in these two books is a set of church administration principles, practical advice for young preachers, and the subjugation of women for all time and eternity (as some modern interpreters would have it). Look at the language he uses:
you may fight the good fight (1 Tim 1:18) (Gk strateia -- military warfare).
Fight the good fight of the faith (1 Tim 6:12) (Gk agon -- contest, struggle).
I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus (1 Tim 5:21).
The same phrase is used in 1 Tim 6:13, 2 Tim 4:1.
Guard what has been entrusted to your care (1 Tim 6:20) (Gk fulasso).
See also 2 Tim 1:14.
Do not neglect your gift (1 Tim 4:14).
Fan into flame the gift of God (2 Tim 1:6).
Join with me in suffering (2 Tim 1:8).
Endure hardship like a soldier (2 Tim 2:3).
This is aggressive, military language. Paul wants Timothy to take the offensive, to be the point man for God in his community. Paul invested a lot of his life in Ephesus, and he wants to ensure that this church will flourish and not decay. He is passing the baton to Timothy, urging him to step up and take his place as a gifted leader.
Lastly, we want to note Paul's tolerance of slavery. This has been discussed elsewhere -- Eph 6:5-9, Col 3:22-25, Col 4:1. Go to 7.23 Ephesians Slaves Be Obedient