I Timothy 3 Part 4
New King James Version 15. but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
The Resultant Version 15. But if I should delay, that you may know how it is fitting to behave oneself in the house of God, which is the outcalled of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.
Paul realizes that he may be delayed. Perhaps he was having problems himself ministering in Macedonia, just as Timothy was having problems ministering in Ephesus. At any rate, Paul knows well that he may be delayed in coming to Timothy. Yet he does not want Timothy to be in the dark about these things, and so he is writing to him in case he is in fact delayed, as it appears he was. As we mentioned above, the delay apparently resulted in Paul never going to Ephesus at all. In II Timothy, Paul is urging Timothy to come to him in II Timothy 4:9, but he appears to have no plans to go to him in Ephesus. That fits right in with what God said in Acts 20:25. Read the rest of this entry »