1 Timothy 6:11-16 Instructions to the Rich, Guarding the Faith

Paul now concludes his pastoral letter to Timothy, appointed overseer of the Ephesian church around A.D. 62. The church was in need of structure and leadership to be made righteous through this letter, and God’s perfect will.

17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17)

Paul calls on timothy to warn those who are wealthy both in spirit and finances to hold steadfast and watch out for both the enemy and the Lord, siding with the only true God who gives beyond this life and into the next, where our place in heaven awaits.

Believers should remind themselves a place along side Yahweh for all eternity cannot be bought, as such a gift is freely given to those who repent of their sins and accept Yeshua, the Christ as Lord of all, and Savior of man.

18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

All Christians should be strive to walk in Jesus’ footsteps, spreading love, kindness and forgiveness as we witness to the lost and empower the weak.

Each believer should labor in God’s holy name as we build up our own salvation and advance the gospel to the four corners of the earth one confident step at a time, fulfilling prophecy as we praise and worship the only one true God.

20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:20-21)

Paul calls on his fellow missionary to rely on the truth he was taught by Paul himself, as he continues to battle evil in the form of false teaching and persecution.

At the time this letter was written, Christians in Ephesus were under attack by the enemy who promoted higher knowledge that were indeed old Jewish and Greek fables. This disruptive movement caused some sheep to stray, and eventually led to Gnosticism which teaches that salvation comes from knowledge, awareness rather than faith in Yeshua, Christ the messiah.

In his pastoral letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul established a standard to which all churches should strive to adhere, as solid foundations for the Christian church and living sacrifices offered to God almighty, true riches that carry on from this life to the next, unlike earthly wealth that can rot or burn. Let us pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.