1 Timothy Chapter 6 outlines the duties of Christians in their beliefs and also as it pertains to other masters. It speaks of godliness and contentment. It contains a solemn demand for Timothy to be faithful. The chapter closes with the apostle reiterating a warning to the rich and ends it with a blessing.
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Treating Masters with Respect
Paul said that the people who were enslaved to masters were to treat their masters with the utmost respect. If the master was Christian, then they were to serve with increased fidelity.
Paul addresses the benefit of piety and the contented mind in 1 Timothy Chapter 6. The contentment was on the basis that nothing was brought into the world and nothing would be carried out. He said a person should be comfortable with the basic necessities of life, this should be enough.
Warning against Evil
1 Timothy Chapter 6 continues with the warning of evil temptations and the passion that feeds them. In avoidance of greater worldly things, Paul told Timothy that he must instead pursue nobler objectives. He was to be righteous and battle for his faith. This path would eventually result in the receiving a crown from God.
Paul’s Further Teachings
Paul closes the chapter by giving Timothy some advice for the Christian life. These are that he must not be proud, nor be so enthralled with his enrichment that he forgets his reliance on God and His teachings. He went on to say that the people of the church should use their property to benefit others less prosperous. They should use their wealth as a means to the end, being that of eternal life.
1 Timothy Chapter 6 ends with a serious charge to Timothy to not be swayed by any of the earth’s pretended science, but to instead encompass, accept, and practice all of the rules as presented in these writings.
1 Timothy 6 (King James Version)
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.
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 things teach and exhort.
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
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.
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. Amen.
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.
20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.