A Study Of 1st Timothy Lesson #12 1 Timothy 6:11-21
Flee the love of money (6:11a) • 11 “But you, O man of God,flee[Grk. pheugo, Lat. fugio, Eng. fugative: to separate, get away from, distance yourself from a danger] these things [covetousness, greed]...”
Follow the virtues of the Spirit (6:11b) • 11 “But you, O man of God, flee these things & pursuerighteousness [personal integrity; high moral principle], godliness [devotion to God], faith [faithfulness, trustworthiness, dependability], love [personal sacrifice in service], patience [endurance; courage in difficulty], gentleness [meekness; power under control].”
Fight the good fight of faith (6:12-16) • 12“Fight[Grk, “agonizo”; a soldier will strain himself to give his best to the battle] the good fight of faith…”
Fight the good fight of faith (6:12-16) • 12“Fight the good fight of faith, layhold on eternal life, …” • Confident Assurance (12a) – eternal life is within his grasp.
Fight the good fight of faith (6:12-16) • 12“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called & have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, & before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,” • Bold Confession (12b-13) – he made the same confession as Jesus made.
Fight the good fight of faith (6:12-16) • 14 “that you keepthiscommandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, …” • Word of Warning (14) – his stewardship of the gospel will demand an accounting.
Fight the good fight of faith (6:12-16) • 15 “which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed & only Potentate, the King of kings & Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproach-able light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor & everlasting power. Amen” • Fearful Description (15-16) – God the Father has absolute authority in realms seen & unseen.
Guard the faithful Word (6:20-21) • 20 “O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust [1 Tim 1:11; 6:20; 2 Tim 2:2], avoiding theprofane & idle babblings & contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge -- 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.” • WrongMotives & WrongTeachings will cause one to leave the faith.
Instructions to the rich (6:17-19) • 17 “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” • Be Humble (17a) • Trust God Not His Gifts (17b) • Enjoy What God Gives You (17c)
Instructions to the rich (6:17-19) • 18 “Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” • Employ What God Gives You (18-19)
Timothy’s mission was to save himself & those he taught. The entire church past & present has a duty to hear & obey these divine directives.