1 Timothy 6 is once again about combating false teachings. This was a big issue in the early church, and something Paul wrote about extensively. At this time people were trying to meld Christianity with Judaism, and other religions.
They wanted to feel comfortable in their faith, so naturally, they started to add things to their beliefs that were reflections of their past. However, this practice is forbidden in Christianity. In fact, Jesus said that he who puts his hand on the plow and looks back isn’t worthy of the Kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62)
Our salvation comes only from Christ. It was given to us and we need to accept it. However, that’s only a small part of the story. We need to live the rest of our lives clinging to salvation. We have to repent (preaching to the choir here) and give up the things that hold us back from God.
The very things you love can honestly stop you from entering heaven. They’re light weights on your legs, and they’ll prevent you from staying on the path he’s set before you.
1 Timothy 6: Our Duty As Christians
All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching. 2 If the masters are believers, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. Those slaves should work all the harder because their efforts are helping other believers[a] who are well loved.1 Timothy 6: 1-2
Changing Your Mentality
There’s a false teaching going around that says the bible condones slavery. And that can’t be further from the truth. In fact, the bible promotes freedom, and it’s the greatest freedom you can ever receive.
When you read the verse above you have to stop thinking in the physical senses. People could use this verse to say the bible promotes it, but there’s another reasoning here that we need to understand.
God cares about you, and he cares about your situation. But he cares more about where you and those around you are spending your future. he doesn’t see current situations as limiting, because he worries about your spirit.
yes if you’re enslaved physically you should try to get free, but what about the people around you who are enslaved spiritually? How will they get free if you’re the emissary God sent to tell them? And you spend all your time talking about the rights you should have.
The physical world, titles, position, and ownership. It all means nothing if your spirit isn’t right with God. When you’re not right with God, you’ll face eternal damnation, and that’s what ultimately matters.
1 Timothy 6 Combating False Teaching
Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. 3 Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 4 Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.1 Timothy 6: 3-5
I love these verses, Paul is making a very good description of some people in the church today. But I guess some things never change.
Also, I find it interesting that Paul is focused on the message, many people in the church today are focused on methods and programs. But the Bible says that God’s word will not return void. This means what God says will happen, and NOTHING can stop it from happening.
What Paul taught Timothy and the early church was the Gospel, and we need to make sure we return to that daily. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. He came to die, and his resurrection gives us freedom from sin and death.
More importantly, it reconnects us to God.
Take a moment and look around you. Doesn’t something feel off in the world to you? The rich get richer, and the poor are slightly better than slaves. Many do wrong and get away with their evil deeds.
The reason it feels wrong is that we were designed for a better life than this. Our sin separated us from God, and we were kicked out of paradise. We’re living in the shadows when we were made for the light.
1 Timothy 6 Finding True Wealth
6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.1 Timothy 6:6-10
True Wealth In Jesus
Verse 10 catches a lot of flack today, but many people forget the first few lines. Money isn’t the root of all evil, the love of money is.
Paul stresses an interesting point here. We come into the world naked and leave in a similar fashion. Nothing we earn can be taken with us, so we need to be content with whatever we have.
I’ve fallen into this trap lately and I’ve been annoyed that I have to work a day job. As much as I try I can’t seem to get free of it. I’ve always wanted to travel the world and write, but that dream seems dead. I’ve kept telling myself if I have more money I can make it happen.
But it’s not God’s timing, so we’ll see how things go.
1 Timothy 6 Paul’s Final Instructions
11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. 13 And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
15 For, At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. 16 He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.
17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
20 Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. 21 Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness.
May God’s grace be with you all.1 Timothy 6: 11-20
Fighting The Good Fight Of Faith
This is a huge chunk of text to go over, at first I wanted to break it out better, but that doesn’t seem right. The start of it has Paul reminding Timothy to fight the good fight of faith, and keep pressing on.
He wants Timothy to have Perseverance and tenacity in his faith. He urges him to keep going and keep teaching about Jesus. Just like he did before Pilate.
This message isn’t just for Timothy, it’s almost like Paul is cheering and exhorting us down through the ages. He’s telling us to keep going, keep sharing, and keep testifying about Jesus.
We are not of this world, and nothing we earn here leaves with us. Therefore, it shouldn’t matter what we have. In fact, when we hold onto the things in this world, it’s a lot harder to reach out to God.
I’m pretty sure as I write this that I hold on too tight, and need to let go. God is trustworthy, but it’s scary to release myself and fully run with him. However this very thing is what I wish to do, and it’s what I hope for you as well.