Wealth

                            I Timothy 6:3-21

                             April 4, 2004

 

vs. 6-14

 

Materialism is one of the gods of the age that is in the

process of trying to replace Jehovah God, the author

of Judaeo-Christianity and His blessed hold on

American society.

 

Sex, pleasure and beauty are other such gods to

which secularism and humanism would have all to

bow.

 

The misuse of wealth is a sin  when the desire to be

rich takes precedence over doing good.  It is very

evil to worship things which the Creator has made,

and not to give the honor due unto His name!

 

One of our beliefs in America is the private ownership

of wealth, it is a great blessing & a great freedom, but

with all freedoms go responsibilities.

 

We are very economically minded, many are always

concerned about the economy- they like to trade and

make a profit - but one of the  great questions in the

Bible, Jesus asks "For what shall it profit a man if

he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?

Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:36-37.

 

 

Physical soul trade in this country was outlawed with

the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution,

however, spiritual soul trade, a very risky business, is

alive, though not so well in this age.   Carnality, which

leads to death is never healthy

 

Beware that you are betting your life on it!

 

We are warned in the First Gospel about Satan's

offer of materialism - Matt. 4:8-10

 

One can be  rich, even filthy rich, and still be "not

rich toward God" - Luke 12:21b

 

Riches are not automatically sinful - both Abraham

and Moses were rich men but they were able to

separate the physical and the spiritual!

                        Heb. 11:8-16, 24-26

 

v. 6 - Paul is saying that godliness is, in one sense,

a source of great gain, and brings contentment with

it, for we brought nothing into this world and can

carry nothing out, be content with the necessities

of life, food and raiment.  (Christ teaches in the

Sermon on the Mount how God takes care of this

situation)

 

Indeed, those who strive for more, and pant after

wealth, bring nothing but trouble upon  themselves.

For the love of money is the root of all evil, thou

therefore O man of God, instead of reaching after

worldly riches, procure true wealth and become

rich in righteousness, godliness, faith, etc.

 

Matt. 6:19-21, 24-31,33

 

We are taught "it is more blessed to give than to

receive" - Acts 20:35

 

I John 3:17-18                        Eccl. 5:10-11

 

Luke 12:16-21, 16:10-13

 

v. 9 - "foolish & hurtful lusts"

 

"drown" or sink - "destruction....perdition"

 

The consequences of the indulgence of the flesh

referring to physical ruin & possibly that of the

whole being - the following word "apoleia" stressing

the final, eternal and irrevocable ruin.

 

a waste - Matt. 26:8 - wasted - God's grace, God's love,

 God's salvation.  Wasted??

 

When I think of my sin, it seems impossible that any

atonement should ever be adequate, but when I

think of Christ's death, it seems impossible that any

sin should be great enough to need such an

atonement as that!  Chas. Spurgeon

 

Covetousness is idolatry - Col. 3:5

 

Luke 12:15 - "Take heed; and beware of covetousness:

for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the

things which he possesseth"

 

Covetousness is not only wrong but a sin - it is not

easier to ask forgiveness than  ask permission.

 

I Cor. 10:11-14

 

Flee idolatry - flee fornication

 

I Sam. 15:22

 

v. 10 - "coveted after" - stretch for - reaching for.

 

"for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have

need of all these things" - Matt. 6:30b

 

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield:  the Lord

will give grace and glory:  no good thing will He

withhold from them that walk uprightly" - Psalm 84:11

 

A turning out of his path to grasp a plant which turns

out to be not desirable, but also a root of bitterness.

 

Joshua 1:1-9               Deut. 5:31-33,  28:14

 

Duty of God's messengers - ch. 5:17 - plight today

 

Contrast what the men of the world reach after with

what the man of God avoids - sorrows & perdition

by avoiding covetousness which is their root!

 

v. 11 - Covet these things that makes one rich toward

            God - Matt. 6:19-21

 

godliness - the proper condition of the rational creature

towards the Creator.  Godliness is that reverential,

devout attitude towards God which we sometimes

call piety, sometimes holiness, sometimes devotion.

 

It comprehends the sentiments of fear, love &

reverence, which a good man entertains towards

God and the conduct of worship, prayer, almsgiving,

etc.

 

vs. 13-19

 

v. 13 - "who quickeneth all things" - the Giver of life.

 

v. 14 - "the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ" -

            the Second Advent should be our hope and

            motive for action as we grow older or are

            still young.

 

v. 15 - "He shall show"

 

v. 16 - Supreme blessedness & almighty power,

            universal dominion, and unchangeable being,

            inscrutable majesty, radiant holiness, and

            glory inaccessible and unapproachable by

            His creatures save through the mediation of

            His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ the

            Righteous - ch. 2:4-6                          Ps. 49:6-8

                                                Isaiah 9:6-7

 

v. 18 - Open handed - Close handed -

 

Ps. 104:27-31              Deut. 8:10-20