1 Timothy 6 How To Find True Wealth In Jesus

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.

The same issues are happening today, people are trying to make everyone feel good about their lifestyles and so they’re melding belief systems. People who are doing this, are being lied to.

As I stated above the people during the time of 1 Timothy 6 were new converts and had to deal with a lot of external pressures.

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. 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 who are well loved.

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1 Timothy 6: We Need To Change Our Mindset From The Physical World To The Spiritual One.

There’s a false teaching going around that says the Bible condones slavery, and it uses verses like the one above. That is a lie but I can see how people could believe it. On the surface, it looks to be that way.

The Bible taken as a whole promotes freedom, and it’s the greatest freedom you can ever receive. However, most of the time people are only thinking in the sense of the physical world.

The physical world is finite, it is temporary, and it is vile. At this time slavery was an accepted thing in every culture. It took years for the Freedom that comes from Christianity to take root and make it illegal to own another human being.

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However 1 Timothy 6:2, Paul spoke the unthinkable, he said to treat your slaves right. Do you know what that does? It pulls a switch in the master’s brain. That person is no longer property, instead, they’re somebody with a family and another human.

This started the freeing of the slaves. And Christianity had to spread throughout the globe before it could be culturally accepted.

God cares about you, and he cares about your situation. But he cares more about where you and those around you will be spending their 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.

Repentance

1 Timothy 6 How To Combat False Teaching?

Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 

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. 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.

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1 Timothy 6 False Teachings Are Real And Prevalent

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.

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. Evil men consistently 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 sins 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 reminds us to keep our minds focused on Jesus, and stop the vain and horrible arguments that keep popping up.

1 Timothy 6 For The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 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. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

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.

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1 Timothy 6: 10: The Love Of Money Is Evil. It’s Like Having An Idol In Your Life

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.

When your only focus is to gain money so you can live a life of ease and luxury, you love money. If everything you think about is gaining more stuff, you have a problem.

I’ve been there myself, and what I’ve realized is money will never make me happy, nor will the stuff it buys me. Instead, I’ve discovered when I have a fixation on money, that it’s time for me to give some away.

What’s the opposite of greed?

It’s not being poor, instead, it’s generosity. So when I have a focus on money, I’ll find people to help, people who are desperate for breakthroughs.

And I’ll shower them with gifts.

The joy I receive when doing that is way better than anything that money can Paul.

After all, we come into the world naked and leave in a similar fashion. So why hoard it?

1 Timothy 6 gives us a view of generosity not seen much in the rest of the Bible.

1 Timothy 6

1 Timothy 6 Paul Gives His 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

1 Timothy 6: How To Fight 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. It’s all about one topic, and it’s really good. 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 Jesus did before Pilate.

This message in 1 Timothy 6 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.

Please take this breakdown of 1 Timothy 6 and dig a little deeper. Don’t just believe because I’ve told you. Instead, discover Jesus for yourself.

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