Duties Of Servants
1st Timothy 6
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. 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.
If any man teaches otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strife’s of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising’s,
Men of corrupt minds:
Perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Godliness is great gain:
But godliness with contentment is the great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
Let us be therewith content:
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
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.
DANGERS OF CONVERTING RICHES, 6-9. CAUSES
- Many temptations of the devil.
- Many snares of the devil.
- Many foolish lusts
- Many hurtful lusts.
- Destruction and perdition
- The root of all evil to grow.
- One to err from the faith.
- Many sorrows.
- Wrong trust.
Riches, in scripture, are considered the cause of much sin and rebellion against God; and, for this cause, there are many warnings to men especially converted men, to shun all covetousness of such.
Psalm 52: 1-7.
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.
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Seven last commandments to Timothy.
- Fight the good fight of faith.
- Lay hold on eternal life.
- Keep this commandment, “lay hold on eternal life” until Christ appears.
- Charge the rich according to the nine-fold charge below.
- Guard that which is committed to your trust.
The deposit entrusted to Timothy was the mystery of 3:16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
- Avoid profane, vain babblings. 1st Timothy 2: 16.
- Avoid fighting false science, knowledge acquired by learning effort, or experience through science and knowledge.
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. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickened all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
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.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Nine-fold Charge to rich people
- Be not high-minded.
- Do not trust in riches.
- Trust in the living God.
- Do good.
- Be rich in good works.
- Be ready to distribute goods to help others.
- Be willing to communicate or have fellowship with all people, even the poor.
- Lay up treasures in heaven.
- Lay hold on eternal life.
18 That they do good, that they are 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.