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12/8 – 12/9, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Timothy? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Timothy 6 (ESV)

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.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.

Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.....Continue Reading

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  1. 1 Timothy 6:11 (ESV)
     But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

    The believer, the person of God, is to not merely ‘avoid’ the corruption of the ‘love of money’, but ‘flee’. This ‘love of money’, materialism is front and center in our shopping centers and media advertisements this time of year as Christmas is monetized for giving and getting. However, I need to make deliberate choices to turn from this temptation, this desire.

    The love of money is not new to our generation of affluence and materialism but is something that
    • Old Testament writers taught against (Ps 37:16; Pr 15:6; Pr 16:8; Pr 30:8),
    • Jesus taught against (Matt 6:19-34) see https://www.crosswalk.com/family/finances/what-did-jesus-actually-have-to-say-about-money.html and
    • The early church taught against (Phil 4:11, Heb 13:5) see https://bible.org/seriespage/7-new-testament-church-its-finances for an interesting read.

    The plan to flee this ungodly desire is to run toward something else. Paul commands us to ‘pursue’
    • Righteousness
    • Godliness
    • Faith
    • Love
    • Steadfastness (consistency)
    • Gentleness
    I think the idea is if our whole focus is on these attributes, then we will have little time to focus on materialism.

  2. 6But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

    11But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses❤️

  3. Paul begins the chapter by addressing yet another group in the church and that is slaves and masters. He instructs believing slaves and masters not to take advantage of each other just because the other is a believer. That would apply to employers and employees in our day.
    He then addresses false teachers yet again and warns against their habit of encouraging controversy and argument over their special knowledge.

    But then Paul says one of the most important principles here as he addresses the rich, and that is that godliness with contentment is great gain. Although Paul is talking about contentment when it comes to financial wealth, I believe it is a vital principle for other areas as well. We can be content with all things, our talents, intelligence, our circumstances, our trails, etc, because God is sovereign. He is the reference point to be content with what we have and who we are.

    But the Christian life is more about seeking positives than avoiding negatives and so Timothy is not only told what not to do, but also what to do: flee the bad and pursue the good. Fight the good fight because you know your faith is valid. Jesus Christ not only made the good confession with His life and before Pilate, but He is also returning again and directs us to the God above who is the high and mighty one, the true and awesome God who is worthy of our praise and our lives.

  4. 6But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
    Fight the Good Fight of Faith
    11But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith.

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