In the world we live in, whenever we hear of something, we want to see it in a pictorial form. When a building is being put up, the architect gives us the artist impression of it. This artist’s impression helps us to know how the completed building will look like. Examples are like ‘impressions’ that represent or illustrate what would be the reality. Examples are very important in life. If we say God is a king, it is very difficult to understand the concept of His kingship. We understand the kingship of God better when we see an example of a king in our community or world. We better understand Jesus as a good shepherd when we see how shepherds tend their sheep.
Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church
1 Corinthians 4:16-17
cross references Cf. 1 Cor 11:1; Phil 3:17-21; 1 Thess 1:6-7; 1Thess 2:8-12; 2 Thess 3:9).