Tested Metal, Tested Mettle

“‘Be diligent to present yourself approved to God’ (v. 15, emphasis ours) As a young preacher, Timothy was exhorted to exert every effort to present himself to God as one approved. That term comes from the world of industry and coinage; it has to do with the testing of metals”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, (p. 53).

An Editor Should Have Caught That

[Concerning 1 Tim. 6:3-5] “In Paul’s day, there were liberal teachers and preachers, just as we have them in our time, and Paul was most concerned that young Timothy not be caught up in the ‘battle of words’ which characterized their brand of indoctrination. William Barclay informs us . . .”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, p. 39