17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. The Godhead is here adored without distinction of Persons, as all these things are properly spoken, whether of the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) 1 Timothy 6:6-19 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: While verses 1:1-2 identify Paul as the author and Timothy as the recipient, a number of scholars think that this letter was written later by a disciple of Paul, using notes compiled by Paul—which would have been an acceptable practice in that time and place. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. Timothy became a new convert of Paul the apostle on his first missionary journey (1 Timothy 1:2, 18, Acts 14:6-23), and Timothy became a devoted traveling companion of Paul's. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, … 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. In each of these ways, Jesus made a good confession before Pontius Pilate; so when Timothy is told to live up to the good confession he made (1 Timothy 6:12), he is simply being told to do what Jesus did. If nature should be content with a little, grace should be content with less. 1Ti 6:2 Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who [fn] partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. 1 Timothy 6:1,2 The Nature of Roman Slavery and the Apostle's Attitude Towards It 1 Timothy 6:5-7, 17-19 The Gain of a Love of Godliness, and the Ungodliness of a Love of Gain EXPOSITOR'S GREEK Newport J D White, D. D. Exodus 2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. Timothy was a Greek. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. Take hold of(W) the eternal life(X) to which you were called when you made your good confession(Y) in the presence of many witnesses. (9-10) The folly of the greedy heart. Commonly those are most proud who know least; for they do not know themselves. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. But who can give such a charge, that is not himself above the love of things that wealth can buy? Jesus Christ is the mystery of godliness (1 Timothy 3:16). Salvation is freely offered, but it must be grasped. The Christian life is a difficult struggle which contains many different pitfalls, which Paul describes as a good fight. "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, … 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. 10 For the love of money(P) is a root of all kinds of evil. 6 1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered. What sins will not men be drawn into by the love of money! A sublime description of the majesty of God, 1 Timothy 6:15, 1 Timothy 6:16. When brought into the greatest straits, we cannot be poorer than when we came into this world; a shroud, a coffin, and a grave, are all that the richest man in the world can have from all his wealth. 1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. Those who are rich, must see that God gives them their riches; and he only can give to enjoy them richly; for many have riches, but enjoy them poorly, not having a heart to use them. All rights reserved worldwide. It is not a fight against God but rather a struggle against the world, the flesh, the devil and our own self-will. We see here the evil of covetousness. (AR) 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves(AS) as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of(AT) the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6 New International Version (NIV) 6 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. It is clear in this passage that contentment comes from a whole and balanced life. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith(Q) and pierced themselves with many griefs. Eternal life is the crown proposed for our encouragement. 1 Timothy 6:12, "Fight the good fight of the faith. 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (R), 11 But you, man of God,(S) flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,(T) faith, love,(U) endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6 1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. (D) 3 If anyone teaches otherwise(E) and does not agree to the sound instruction(F) of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited(G) and understand nothing. 17 Command those who are rich(AM) in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,(AN) which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God,(AO) who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires … 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. It is not said, they that are rich, but they will be rich; who place their happiness in wealth, and are eager and determined in the pursuit. People may have money, and yet not love it; but if they love it, this will push them on to all evil. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted(AU) to your care. (1 Timothy 6:6) Godliness is a God-centered life. (L) 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (6-10) A solemn charge to Timothy to be faithful. Turn away from godless chatter(AV) and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.(AW). Hebrews 12:15-note See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; Christ in you [is] the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). iv. Amen. First Timothy is a letter from the apostle Paul to his young protégé, Timothy, to encourage him in his new role as a … (17-21)1-5 Christians were not to suppose that religious knowledge, or Christian privileges, gave them any right to despise heathen masters, or to disobey lawful commands, or to expose their faults to others. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be … 2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These are the things you are to teach and insist on. God is revealed to us, only in and through the human nature of Christ, as the only begotten Son of the Father.17-21 Being rich in this world is wholly different from being rich towards God. Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? Those who refuse to accept correct doctrines are often characterized by traits such as hard-headedness, greed, slander, and bickering. We are not to consent to any words as wholesome, except the words of our Lord Jesus Christ; to these we must give unfeigned consent. What is the best estate worth, more than as it gives opportunity of doing the more good? To the rich must especially be pointed out their dangers and duties, as to the proper use of wealth. (B) 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. This is a term which means "take hold once for all." Salvation is freely offered, but it must be grasped. Nothing is more uncertain than worldly wealth. 1 Timothy 6:1-21—Read the Bible online or download free. The necessaries of life bound a true Christian's desires, and with these he will endeavour to be content. 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