1 Timothy 5:25

25 The same with good deeds. Some you see right off, but none are hidden forever.

1 Timothy 5:25 Meaning and Commentary

1 Timothy 5:25

Likewise also the good works [of some] are manifest
before hand
The characters of some men, on the other hand, are so fair and bright; and it is so clear a point, that they have received the grace of God in truth; and have a rich furniture for the ministry; and are sound in the doctrine of faith; and are men of such godly lives and conversations, that they prevent any formal inquiry, examination, and judgment; and there can be no difficulty in admitting them at once: and therefore the above rule is not designed for such persons, but to guard against those with whom things do not appear so very clear and manifest:

and they that are otherwise cannot be hid;
if they are men of bad principles or practices, they will be discovered in time; for there is nothing hid that shall not be revealed; time will make all things manifest; their errors and sins will break out, and be exposed: and therefore it is right to wait a while, and not to be quick in the reception of them into the Gospel ministry; for otherwise, much mischief may be done to the souls of men, and much dishonour brought on the ways and doctrines of Christ.

1 Timothy 5:25 In-Context

23 And don't worry too much about what the critics will say. Go ahead and drink a little wine, for instance; it's good for your digestion, good medicine for what ails you.
24 The sins of some people are blatant and march them right into court. The sins of others don't show up until much later.
25 The same with good deeds. Some you see right off, but none are hidden forever.
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