Scripture: I Timothy 6

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Love Of Money

1 Timothy 6:1-10 (WEB) 1 Let as many as are bondservants under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the doctrine not be blasphemed. Those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brothers, but rather let them serve them, because those who partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.  If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn’t consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, insulting, evil suspicions, constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such.  But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out. But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation, a snare, and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who should bondservants treat with full respect and why (I Timothy 6:1)?  Bondservants should treat their own masters worthy of all honor so that the name of God and the doctrine will not be blasphemed (slandered).

2. Why are bondservants to treat believing masters even better (I Timothy 6:2)? Those bondservants who have believing masters are to serve them even better because those who benefit from their services are believers and dear to them. 

3. Who is conceited, knowing nothing (I Timothy 6:3-4a)? Anyone who teaches a different doctrine and doesn’t consent to sound words, the words of the Lord Jesus Christ and to the doctrine which is according to godliness is conceited, knowing nothing.

4. With what is this person obsessed (I Timothy 6:4b-5a)? This person has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy,  strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who thing that godliness is a means of financial gain.

5. What should be the response to such a person (I Timothy 6:5b)? Withdrawal from such a person.

6. What is great gain (I Timothy 6:6)? Godliness with contentment is great gain.

7. What did we bring into this world and what will we take out (I Timothy 6:7)? We brought nothing into this world and we certainly can’t carry anything out.

8. With what should we be content (I Timothy 6:8)?  We should be content with food and clothing.

9. What happens to those who are determined to be rich (I Timothy 6:9)? People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that can plunge them into ruin and destruction.

10. What is the root of all kinds of evil (I Timothy 6:10)? The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Paul’s Charge To Timothy

I Timothy 6:11-21 11 But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses. 13 I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which in its own times He will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. 16 He alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.  17 Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be arrogant, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; 18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to share; 19 laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.  20 Timothy, guard that which is committed to you, turning away from the empty chatter and oppositions of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some profess, and thus have wandered from the faith.  Grace be with you. Amen.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul say to follow after (I Timothy 6:11)? Paul said to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

2. What did Paul say to do (I Timothy 6:12)? Paul said to fight the good fight of faith and take hold of eternal life.

3. How does Paul describe God (I Timothy 6:16)? God alone has immortality, dwells in unapproachable light.  He has not been seen by man. 

4. Who did Paul say they should set their hope on and what would that look like in their lives (I Timothy 6:17-19)? They should set their hope on the living God, who would richly provide them with everything to enjoy. He told them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they would lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they might take hold of the life that is truly life.

5. What specifically did Paul tell Timothy to do (I Timothy 6:20-21)? Paul told Timothy to guard that which was committed to him.  To turn away from the empty chatter and opposition of what is falsely called knowledge, which some had professed and in so doing had wandered from the faith.

HEAR the WORD

I Timothy 6:13-15 13 I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which in its own times He will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Paul concluded with a charge to Timothy to keep “this command,” referring (perhaps) to the commands Christ had given to His church, or perhaps to Timothy’s promise to serve Christ.  Timothy’s own confession of faith is compared with Christ’s before Pilate.

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Timothy 6:6-7 (WEB) But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out.

I Timothy 6:10 (WEB) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

I Timothy 6:11 (WEB) But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 

I Timothy 6:12 (WEB) Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses. 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

What we do should reflect our faithfulness to and love for Christ.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Employees and employers should treat each other fairly.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will respect one another (I Timothy 6:2).  Lord, I pray we will follow sound instruction and teachings (I Timothy 6:3).  Lord, I pray we will be content with what we have (I Timothy 6:8).  Lord, I pray we will pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (I Timothy 6:11). Lord, I pray we will fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12a).  I pray we will take hold of the eternal life to which we were called (I Timothy 6:12b).  Lord, I pray we will put our hope in You (I Timothy 6:17).  Lord, I pray we will do good, be rich in good deeds, be generous and willing to share (I Timothy 6:18).  Lord, I pray we will take hold of the life that is truly life (I Timothy 6:19). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I guard what has been entrusted to our care.” <>< Dona