I Timothy 6:3-21
April 4, 2004
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
Sex, pleasure and beauty are other such gods to
which secularism and humanism would have all to
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?
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
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,
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
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
v. 18 - Open handed - Close handed -
Ps. 104:27-31 Deut. 8:10-20