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For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. … But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. (Philippians 2:20, 22)
Timothy was a “kindred spirit” with Paul. In the Greek, “kindred spirit” means “equal in soul”. In other words, Timothy was a man Paul could trust with any task because he knew that Timothy was 100% on the same page all the time.
There aren’t many other relationships in the Bible this tight. David and Jonathan. Jesus and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John). Elijah and Elisha. Pretty good company, I would say.
But, mostly, Paul knows he can always count on Timothy. This is a rare quality. Timothy would do what he said he would do because it was just as important to him as it was to Paul.
Timothy is a man we can imitate, folks!
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