1 Timothy 6 Outline
– Slaves should serve their masters with full respect diligently (1 Timothy 6:1-2)
– False preachers who compromise with the wordly standards to bring the gospel to people (1 Timothy 6:3-5)
– Godliness with contentment (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
– Do your best to pursue righteousness (1 Timothy 6:11-15)
– Jesus is the king of kings and lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:16)
– The rich must be generous in their wealth (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
– Guard the gospel entrusted into your care (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
1 Timothy 6 Bible Study
In 1 Timothy 6:1-2, slaves should respect their masters so that they can be a good testimony to others and glorify God’s name. Paul said that slaves should not show less respect to their believing masters because they are considered brothers but serve them better. Believing employees should be hard working and diligent in carrying out their duties in their jobs so that they can give Jesus a good testimony. As Christians, you must respect in the authority persons in the company, your bosses and do your best in your job so that people can see the testimony of Jesus in you. Non believers will judge Christianity based on how Christians conduct themselves. If you don’t conduct yourself properly, you will have a bad testimony for Jesus Christ. Whatever we do must be to glorify God. Therefore, we must always conduct ourselves in a way that will bring glory to God.
In 1 Timothy 6:3-5, anyone who does not preach Jesus Christ in the plain doctrine is conceited and does not understand anything. This kind of people are interested in controversies and quarrels over the plain doctrine, which is taught in the bible, which results in malicious talks, evil suspicions and constant friction, who use Christianity as a way to gain financial profits. Nowadays, there are many preachers twisting the word of God and compromising with the world so that they preach a wrong message, for example, the prosperity gospel. Prosperity gospel put emphasis on making lots of money, holding high positions, and joining the rat race. As a result, the people who listen to the preaching become worldly and put more emphasis on material things instead of in God. Christians must set themselves apart from God and not love the world (1 John 2:15-17; Romans 12:2; Galatians 6:14; John 18:36; 1 John 5:19; Matthew 6:24).
In 1 Timothy 6:6-10, Paul said godliness and contentment is great gain. We should always be content with what we have and not envy or jealous about other people. Greed for money is the root of all evil. In Proverbs 10:22, the blessing of God brings wealth and he does not add any trouble to it. For the love of money, many Christians have turned away from their faith into the world. If God blesses you wealth, all things will go well with you. If the money is not from God, it will give you trouble. Christians must use legitimate ways that does not clash with the law to make money. Christians are prohibited from gambling, buying lottery, overcharging and cheating to make money. If you are rich, you must use your money to bless those who are needy.
In 1 Timothy 6:11-15, Paul exhorted Timothy to use his maximum effort to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. He urged him to fight the good fight of faith until the end. He who persevere the trials until the end will receive the crown of life. As Christians, we must set ourselves apart from the world and not follow its way. We must only fix our eyes on Jesus and hold on to eternal life while on earth. In 1 Peter 3:14, you are blessed when you suffer for what is right. In 1 Peter 4:14, you are blessed when you are insulted because of the name of Jesus Christ because the Holy Spirit of glory and of God rest on you. In James 5:11, blessed are those who have persevered, just like Job, who God finally healed him of his sores and bless him with more children and wealth. God is compassionate and merciful.
In 1 Timothy 6:16, God is the ruler of the universe. There is only one God. God appears in trinity form including the Father God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. He is the king of kings and lord of lords. Jesus Christ is both man and God. He lives forever. Jesus Christ is holy and have light emanating from him. In John 1:5, God is light and there is no darkness in him.
In 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Paul instruct Timothy to direct the rich to not trust in their wealth, which is uncertain, but trust God instead, who is able to provide everything you need. Rich people are to use their wealth to do good deeds and help those who are needy. If you use your wealth to help people, you will be able to lay up treasure in heaven and take hold of the real life. The life we live on earth is temporary. Anything can happen to you at any time. After you die, you will either go to heaven or hell. If you are faithful in following God’s commandment, you will go to heaven and live with Jesus eternally. If you die as an unbeliever or you did not faithfully follow God, you will be punished in hell for eternity.
In 1 Timothy 6:20-21, Paul instructed Timothy to avoid idle babbling and guard the gospel which is committed to his trust. Gossiping is a sin (Ephesians 4:29; Proverbs 11:13; Exodus 23:1). The gospel is a trust entrusted to the believers. It is important that we guard the gospel entrusted to us and not accept false teaching and stray from our faith. Whenever someone preach something you never heard of or different from the gospel you receive, you should check the word of God in the bible to see if it fits God’s standards (1 Thessalonians 5:21).