1 Timothy 6:11

But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
“As for you, man of God, flee from these things.” You see, he didn’t just say, “Leave and forsake,” but “Flee from,” as from an enemy. You were trying to flee with gold; flee from gold instead. Let your heart flee from it, and your use of it need have no worries. Do without greed; don’t do without concern for others. There’s something you can do with gold, if you’re its master, not its slave. If you’re the master of gold, you can do good with it; if you’re its slave, it can do evil with you. ...

Clement Of Rome

AD 99
But may be approved before God and before men. For in "the man who is of God"

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
But thou, O man of God. This, says St. Chrysostom, is one of the highest title and commendations that can be given to any man. So are called Samuel, Elias, Eliseus. (1 Kings ii and ix.; 3 Kings xxxiii.) (Witham)

Isaac of Syria

AD 700
Strive to discover stirrings that are good during the time of prayer, as the wise do. These consist in reflection on the Spirit’s insights and sagacious thought, and consideration during the time of prayer of how to please the will of the Maker of all. This is the final end of all virtue and of all prayer. When in these matters you receive the power that stems from grace to be bound firmly to their continual stirrings, you will become a “man of God” and will be close to spiritual things. Instructions for Monks, second part. ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
But you, O man of God. This is a title of great dignity. For we are all men of God, but the righteous peculiarly so, not by right of creation only, but by that of appropriation. If then you are a man of God, seek not superfluous things, which lead you not to God, but Flee these things, and follow after righteousness. Both expressions are emphatic; he does not say turn from one, and approach the other, but flee these things, pursue righteousness, so as not to be covetous. Godliness, that is, soundness in doctrines. Faith, which is opposed to questionings. Love, patience, meekness. ...

Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius

AD 320
Of God, that is, to follow righteousness,

Peter of Alexandria

AD 311
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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