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1 Timothy Chapter 6: More about false teaching than money?

Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled, 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.(What do the richest man in the world and the poorest man in the world have in common? All the wealth in the world, or lack of it, does not change the fact that we come into this world naked and leave in a box. The only difference may be the value of the boxes we are buried in, but when the believer gets to heaven, our eternal location will not be affected by the cost of their casket or their earthly bank account. What matters in God’s economy is, “did you feed my sheep” and “what did your testimony say about me”? Paul is explaining here that believers of the One True God have a duty to live their life in a way that makes them look “set apart”. Being all things to all people doesn’t mean we should sink in the mud; it means we should show people a better way of living through the spiritual gifts God has provided each of us. 1 Corinthians 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.)

Teach and urge these things. (What things? How to live a set-apart life.) 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine (didaskalia: instruction developed by man to explain God (the function or the information) and does not agree with the sound words (logos: a word (as embodying an idea) of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, (godliness: eusebeia: piety, a belief or point of view that is accepted with unthinking conventional reverence.) 4 he is puffed (puffed: tuphoó: to foolish) up with conceit (conceit: poorly translated. This is more akin to sick, noseó)” and understands nothing. (wisdom comes from the Lord alone, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight – Proverbs 9:10. We can acquire knowledge without God but not wisdom. Without knowing how God wishes us to act, how could we possibly translate our knowledge into wisdom? Only God can reveal to us what wisdom is in His eyes). He (False teachers) has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. (The Lord is not a free meal ticket. Those who use Him for personal earthly gains are not men of God but children of the wrath. Paul tells us they do not love God but crave fighting and work to destroy God’s world and build their own empires. These are the modern-day money traders from the temple.) But godliness with contentment is great gain, (Paul is clarifying for Timothy that godliness is the spiritual connection, unity with the father, that leads to contentment and that is, in itself, a “great gain”. The Apostle is calling out those who would “play preacher” to gain monetarily) 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. (can’t take it with ya!) 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (If we can be satisfied with the bare, bare minimums in life, everything else can be seen for what it is, a true blessing from God)9 But those who desire to be rich (plouteó: have many resources) fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. (It is important to note that Paul says “fall into temptation” and does not add the modal verb: "may". If you desire to be rich you will fall into temptation” says Paul.) 10 For the love (so powerful and so destructive is the love of money, in Greek it has its own term, Paul calls it philarguros: loving of money) of money is a root of all kinds of evils. ( There is an important distinction that needs to be made between what is written and what we hear. From the day our parents start teaching us about good and bad and in almost every sermon given about this text, we are told that “money is the root of all evil” but this is not true. If we take a slow, careful read of this text we will see that money is the root of “all kinds of evil”. There are uncountable evils that occur outside of money and the love of it, here, Paul uses money as His example because the false teachers were fraudulently taking money in the name of God) It is through this craving that some (false teachers and their followers) have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs (Pangs: oduné: pain, distress. Should be heard "afflicted themselves with many sorrows")

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. (RUNNNN! Avoid false teaching and doctrine) Pursue righteousness(Gods ways), godliness(unity with God), faith, love(love: agapé: love, a Godly love) , steadfastness, gentleness (we are to ferociously chase these things in meekness: the ability to withhold strength we posses and not Weakness: the inability to be strong). 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. (We are not to be passive when it comes to sharing the Gospel and defending against bad teaching, we are to be bold and brave. Again, believers are not called to be weak and timid when dealing with false teachers. In his next letter to Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy of this fact. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.)

Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called (God knew and planned for you before creation, you were His before time was kept. Ephesians 1:4. We are "called" or drafted into this spiritual war, nobody enlists on their own) and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge (paraggelló: to transmit a message. It is Gods message, not Paul's) you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony(witnessing at his questioning) before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,(Jesus confessed that we are to keep the commands God set out until He appears) 15 which he(God the Father) will display at the proper time (when He is good and ready)he(Jesus Christ) who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (the question this raises and fails to clearly answer is, was Paul talking about history, about when Christ came and died on the cross and eventually ascended to Heaven some 32ish years before this letter was written, or, is Paul talking about a time to come when Christ will return and triumph over evil and display His honor and eternal dominion once and for all?)

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (even here, repentance is offered, these rich people can change their materialistic, show-off ways and turn from trusting their money for security to trusting God.)18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, (storing treasure in heaven where rust and moths can not destroy them. 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. Matthew 6:19-21)

20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. (A reminder that wisdom comes from the Lord. When man relies on his own understanding, things go really bad, really fast.)

Grace be with you.

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