"THE FIRST EPISTLE TO TIMOTHY" Chapter Six OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To note the warnings about being obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, wranglings of men, etc. 2) To appreciate the counsel given to those who desire to be rich, and to those who are rich 3) To consider what the man of God is expected to flee and to pursue SUMMARY This final chapter begins with instructions concerning servants and their duties toward their masters, especially toward those masters who believe (1-2). A description then follows of those who might teach otherwise and not consent to the wholesome words of our Lord and His doctrine which is according to godliness (3-5). Mentioning the value of godliness when accompanied by contentment, Paul warns of the need to be content with food and clothing, and the danger facing those who desire to be rich (6-10). Timothy is then charged to flee such things and to pursue things becoming of a man of God. He is encouraged to fight the good fight of faith, and to lay hold on eternal life. He is then solemnly urged by Paul to keep the commandment without spot and blameless until our Lord's appearing, whom Paul describes in the most amazing terms (11-16). The epistle ends with instructions for Christians who are rich in this world, and with an impassioned plea for Timothy to guard what was committed to his trust, avoiding profane and vain babbling over false doctrine which has led others away from the faith (17-21). OUTLINE I. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING SERVANTS (1-2) A. HOW THEY SHOULD REGARD THEIR MASTERS (1) 1. As worthy of all honor (1a) 2. So that God and His doctrine might not be blasphemed (1b) B. HOW THEY SHOULD REGARD BELIEVING MASTERS (2) 1. Not to be despised because they are brethren (2a) 2. But to serve them, remembering that those who are benefited are believers and beloved (2b) II. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING TEACHERS MOTIVATED BY GREED (3-10) A. SUCH TEACHERS DESCRIBED (3-5) 1. Anyone who does not consent to the wholesome words of our Lord, and to the doctrine according to godliness (3) 2. He is proud, knowing nothing (4a) 3. He is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words (4b) a. From which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions (4c) b. From which come useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth (5a) 4. Who supposes that godliness is a means of gain (5b) B. THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTENTMENT (6-8) 1. Godliness with contentment is great gain (6) a. For we brought nothing into this world (7a) b. And it is certain we can carry nothing out (7b) 2. Thus we should be content with food and clothing (8) C. THE DANGERS FACING THOSE WHO DESIRE TO BE RICH (9-10) 1. Those who desire to be rich fall... a. Into temptation and a snare (9a) b. Into many foolish and harmful lusts (9b) ...which drown men in destruction and perdition (9c) 2. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (10a) a. For which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness (10b) b. And have pierced themselves with many sorrows (10c) III. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE MAN OF GOD HIMSELF (11-16) A. GENERAL EXHORTATIONS (11-12) 1. Flee the things described before, such as the desire to be rich (11a) 2. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience, gentleness (11b) 3. Fight the good fight of faith (12a) 4. Lay hold on eternal life (12b) a. To which you were called (12c) b. To which you have confessed the good confession in the presence of many (12d) B. A SOLEMN CHARGE (13-16) 1. Urged by Paul in the sight of... a. God, who gives life to all things (13a) b. Jesus Christ, who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate (13b) 2. To keep the commandment without spot, blameless until the Lord's appearing (14) a. Which He will manifest in His own time (15a) b. Who is then described as: 1) The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords (15b) 2) He who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see (16a) c. To whom be honor and everlasting power (16b) IV. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE RICH (17-19) A. WHAT TO COMMAND THEM (17) 1. Not to be haughty, nor trust in uncertain riches (17a) 2. But to trust in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy (17b) B. WHAT TO ENCOURAGE THEM (18-19) 1. To do good, to be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share (18) 2. Storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life (19) V. CONCLUDING CHARGE TO TIMOTHY (20-21) A. A FERVENT PLEA TO TIMOTHY (20-21a) 1. To guard what was committed to his trust (20a) 2. To avoid the profane and vain babbling and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge (20b) 3. For by professing such, some have strayed concerning the faith (21a) B. A FINAL BENEDICTION: "GRACE BE WITH YOU. AMEN" (21b)
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1) What are the main points of this chapter? 2) How were servants to consider their masters? Why? (1) 3) What were the servants who had believing masters cautioned against doing? (2) 4) How is one described who does not consent to the words of our Lord, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness? (3-4) 5) What is of great gain? (6) 6) With what should we be content? (8) 7) What happens to those who desire to be rich? (9) 8) What is a root of all kinds of evil? (10) 9) What have some done in their greediness? (10) 10) What is the man of God to pursue? (11) 11) What is the man of God to fight, and to lay hold of? (12) 12) What did Paul urge Timothy to do? (13-14) 13) How does Paul describe our Lord Jesus Christ? (15-16) 14) What was Timothy to command the rich? (17-19) 15) What was Timothy to avoid? Why? (20-21) 16) What was Paul's final benediction to Timothy in this letter? (21)