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1 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 6

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1&2 All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. 2 Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.

 

1Tim 6,1-5

(95i) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an obedient attitude >> Attitude of a servant

1Tim 6-1,2

(13i) Servant >> Support the body >> Servant in the work force – Paul was leading the Church to establish a view of Christianity in a positive light in the world, instead of giving people reason to hold Christians in contempt. Paul taught the people of God to work harder than ever, that we might be a good example, not only to our employers, but also to everyone around us, and if our employer happened to be a Christian too, not to take advantage of him, but to serve him all the more because he is a bother. Paul said he didn’t want the name of God or their doctrine to be slandered. Their doctrine at that time was considered a sect, in that there were many sects of Christianity back then, similar to our concept of denominations. Paul’s specific brand of Christianity was the truth, which he wanted to keep unstained in order that Christians may become evangelists simply by being known as Christians, to attract people to the faith without even speaking a word. Just in the fact that they were Christians people knew there was something special about them. Those who asked to give an account of their faith would be prepared in their minds to receive the truth; they would perceive that the truth was beneficial to anyone who believed in it and walked by its precepts. How does that compare with Christianity today?

(73g) Authority >> Respect Positions Of Authority >> Respect your boss at work

(131f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Brother depends on you >> To do the will of God

1Tim 6-1

(9a) Responsibility >> Prevent being blamed for something you did not do >> Prevent accusations

(142h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Reputation exposed to slander >> Protect your reputation – Scripture commands us to respect authority in the world, such as our boss at work, to treat him with honor because of his authority and not to undermine him or to rebel. We do this to protect the name of God and our doctrines. If we quarrel with our boss or disrespect him, how is the Church supposed to teach that we are to love one another and treat each other with dignity and consider others as more important than ourselves? We are to treat people outside the Church the same way we treat our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, so if they wandered into our church, they would see us behaving the same way we do at the workplace. We need to follow a homogenous standard of conduct. There is nothing worse than behaving one way in a situation and behaving another way in another situation, as though we were chameleons and able to change our color to suit the environment. That is hypocrisy. Paul wants us to be a single lump of dough so that one piece is the same as the next. Every aspect of our lives should be a representative sample of our faith, nothing that contradicts what we believe. The more we contradict ourselves, the less effective we are as Christians in the world and the less we have to offer one another in the Church.

1Tim 6-2

(230f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of the ministry of the saints

(239k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Let not many of you become teachers >> Dividing accurately the word of truth -- This verse goes with verses 17&18


3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,

 

1Tim 6,3-10

(177e) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Doctrine that tickles your ears

(223f) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the point >> Miss the meaning of the truth

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1Tim 6,3-5

(16i) Sin >> Continuing in sin to avoid the light >> Deny the truth

(19g) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Man’s twisted understanding – Paul is writing about godliness, which is in reference to our works. Those who say Paul taught that works were of no consequence to our eternal salvation are sorely confused. Paul wrote about godliness probably more than any other writer of the New Testament. In this particular case Paul was saying that anyone who would distort his words and make him say we don’t need to obey the Ten Commandments is conceited and understands nothing, but would rather argue with you about controversial questions and disputes about words to avoid the truth about themselves. Those who believe that maintaining the law of God is no longer relevant has a depraved mind and are deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. In other words, those who would advocate such things think that godliness is a means to an end other that godliness, which ultimately and invariably ends in deception and fraud. Paul was a teacher of righteousness by means of serving God through his conscience, and in these verses he was teaching that faith and service through our conscience was for the purpose of securing godliness as a goal, not as a means to some other end.

(24j) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> World is envious of Jesus

(41k) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> The word leads you to godliness – When we meet a bona fide Christian who loves the Lord, spiritual fellowship naturally flows through the people in the sharing of knowledge that represents their relationship with God, encouraging one another, but the people to whom Paul is referring are just the opposite; they are discouraging. After a conversation with them we feel completely deflated. They also have tendencies to believe the doctrines of a cult, suggesting that the truth is not something that attracts them. Godliness is the very epitome of living the truth, though it does not speak about the law, yet it inadvertently satisfies its requirements, since all aspects of the law are godly. It is interesting that godliness is not a fruit of the Spirit either, yet all the fruit combined establishes godliness, which is the epitome of living the Christian life. Therefore, godliness is what pretenders are trying to avoid, replacing it with constant friction, having a depraved of mind that is incapable of the truth.

(75f) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God’s authority

(76a) Thy kingdom come >> Hidden motives >> Motives based on selfish ambition – There are those in church who use their lives to fool people into believing they are Christians. When it comes to Christianity, they are actors; they behave one way in front of Christians and a totally different way in front of their friends and family. They have a lifestyle that they prefer that is contrary to Christianity, yet they enjoy the environment of the Church, because in their eyes it is rich in opportunity to exploit people who have lowered their guard. Their contemplation of godliness reduces to a means of gaining an advantage over the unsuspecting. The only thing they are willing to invest in Christianity is their theatrical skills, but far as godliness goes, they are no more interested in it than they are in their own death, yet they walk in death and don’t know it.

(78g) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Embracing your first love >> Simplicity of faith

(90i) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Righteousness of the law >> All righteousness is covered by the law – If we believe in God with a clear conscience, we will know how God wants us to live. In order to maintain a clear conscience, we will need to live according to His will, which the Ten Commandments define as godly. After all, what good thing can we do that is not covered by the statements: ‘Love the Lord thy God,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself’? The last statement, ‘love your neighbor as yourself,’ is not even in the Ten Commandments, but is taken from an obscure verse (Lev 19-18) after the law was given. Jesus pulled this statement from its anonymity and polished it off and set in on every person’s mantle as a trophy that summarizes the entire law and the prophets. All we need to do is add our love for God to it and we will accomplish everything God would ever want us to do. If we love our neighbor as our self, we wouldn’t commit adultery with our neighbor’s wife or covet his things or lie to him, etc. However, there are people in the Church with ulterior motives for appearing righteous before men. Whoever is faking Christianity and pretending to be nice, thinks that godliness is a means of gain. Paul said, “godliness is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment,” which is something the ungodly have no interest, because their quarry is the treasures of the world. They are after the things that promise happiness while following their sinful nature. This is all that remains for people who think that works are not necessary for salvation.

(158c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Strife >> Contentions -- These verses go with verses 20&21. The problem with controversy by virtue of being in a so-called discussion is that both parties are by definition contentious and therefore wrong. To win a dispute is only as meaningful as the motive for arguing. Paul was protecting the Church from those who have a problem with the doctrine conforming to godliness. If a person is contentious, it is an indication that his main goal in life is not pursuing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness and all the other fruits of the spirit, which is the core of Christianity, but would rather argue about them. People who live and walk by a contentious attitude generally are Christians in name only. Show me a contentious person, and I will show you a person who is not attempting to establish godliness or any other of the rudimentary fundamentals of Christianity in his heart. Show me a contentious person and I will show you a person who is envious, full of strife, and abusive in his speech. Show me someone who does not conform to the godliness of Christ, and I will show you someone who is full of evil suspicions toward other people, while he readily forgives himself for his inconsistencies. Show me a person who uses a Bible dictionary without considering the context of a statement, and I will show you someone who is deprived of the truth, who “has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words.” Show me a contentious spirit and I will show you a person who is in a perpetual state of friction, who has a depraved mind, “who supposes that godliness is a means of gain.”

(172ab) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Legalists among the liberated

(175j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of what God means >> Ignorant of the meaning of God’s word – Instead of pursuing godliness which has intrinsic value, they use it as a mask to give themselves the appearance of godliness for the purpose of infiltrating groups and exploiting the saints. These people are of depraved mind; they could quote you Scriptures, but are deprived of the truth. There is a huge difference between knowing what the Bible says and knowing the truth. Eph 4-21 says, “The truth is in Jesus.” Jesus sent the Holy Spirit in His place, so those who would fake godliness do not have the Spirit of God dwelling in them. They cannot hear His voice, hence they do not know the truth. Rom 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and 2 Tim 2:19 says, “The Lord knows those who are His.” We too should have an idea who are the true brethren, and who are merely faking Christianity.

(176i) False Doctrine (Key verse)

(212e) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> Evolution (Defaming God) >> The scientific mind cannot know God

(223c) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Conceit >> Imposing your opinion of self on others >> Cliques make people seek your acceptance – Paul said the pretender is conceited; that is, he feels superior to others. Being a phony, he can play any part he wants, why not then pretend to be better than everyone else? When he begins to defend his beliefs, students of the word will notice that he does not correlate with the Scriptures and will contradict himself at every turn and demonstrate that he understands nothing about the Bible. He will be exposed as devoid of the truth. In his defense, he will bring up meaningless points that revolve around morbid interests in controversial questions and disputes about words. That is, he will become semantic, which start arguments, which is exactly what he wants. If he can start an argument, he will use it as a distraction from the issues at hand, and of course the argument will be cloaked in “debate.” People who love to debate have a contentious spirit, and this contentious spirit is one of the signs of a pretender and a spiritual liar. His method is to deflect the conversation into argumentation about words and definitions that can go on forever, and nobody is benefited. This is the opposite of spiritual fellowship.

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4-8 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.

 

1Tim 6-4,5

(21m) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The love of money -- These verses go with verses 9&10

1Tim 6-4

(22k) Sin >> Pride glorifies self >> Being wise in your own eyes

1Tim 6,5-12

(249b) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not pursue wealth – The flipside of contentment is the love of money, the root of all evil. The hippies of the 60’s were content with less, but they weren’t godly. They sought contentment as a means of pursuing their selfish, hedonistic lifestyles, but neither contentment nor godliness promises the desires of our flesh, so the hippy movement faded, proving they were incomplete. Today’s world of yuppies is in hot pursuit of the almighty dollar, going the opposite direction of contentment. The more money they have the more they use it to prove their godliness, but money cannot prove God in a person’s life, so this system too is destined to collapse.

1Tim 6-5,6

(231b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Solving the mystery of godliness >> The mystery is solved in contentment – Godliness with contentment is the goal of faith, for without contentment people invariably use godliness as a tool to achieve their own goals. With contentment godliness becomes real in that we cannot fake contentment. To be content with less is a gift from God, since people have an inherent desire for more. When we become content with less, it is an indication that the Kingdom of God is growing in us. Godliness and contentment are intrinsically tied together and have a relationship similar to faith and love; in fact, they are all mentioned in this chapter. Just like love is the primary manifestation faith, so contentment is the primary manifestation of godliness. Without contentment godliness is incomplete, hence we have no proof that our godliness is real. There are very few religious liars who are not infatuated with money, but contentment proves the motives of godly people. Godliness has only one objective, which is to do the will of God, and contentment is the means by which we serve Him. 

1Tim 6-5

(81i) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> Sinning from a lack of prayer

(163c) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Being a slave to greed -- This verse goes with verse 9

(182k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Deceitfulness of riches -- This verse goes with verses 9&10

(197a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to renew your mind – The kind of person to whom Paul is referring puts on a good show until we confront him with his showiness of Christianity. Godliness is a point of contention with him, because it exposes his true identity and addresses the fact that he has no conscience. People can pretend to be Christians for years and are good at fooling everybody in churches where the word of God is not preached and where the people are not committed to the Scriptures. Churches where people are students of the Bible and disciples of prayer are not where pretenders like to hide, where lively discussions about the Bible are common. When the saints fill their hearts and minds with the word of God, it will overflow from their mouths; godliness will ultimately surface in the discussion, and the pretenders will be discovered.

1Tim 6,6-10

(94o) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective is your personal reality >> How your location influences you

1Tim 6,6-9

(120j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Contentment >> Content with your standard of living >> Content with the means God gives you -- These verses go with verses 17-19. The attitude of godliness is contentment. When we put the two together, godliness and contentment, we immediately find God in our life. The Holy Spirit will abundantly fill us with the anointing that will direct us to the truth, which is the treasure of godliness and contentment. Walking in the Spirit and living out our faith toward one another, creates an atmosphere and environment that is conducive to righteousness that will not self-destruct, promising to continue as long as we live by its principles, but the promise of materialism is pain and suffering. Along its journey we will bear witness to the spirit of evil in the world that is controlled and run by the love of money. We have two choices to either pursue the things of the world that money can buy at the sacrifice of contentment, or to pursue contentment through godliness and achieve our heart’s desire for free. 

1Tim 6,6-8

(189d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Costly sacrifice -- These verses go with verses 17&18

1Tim 6-6

(108a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Balance between truth and error >> Wisdom brings balance between truth and error

(206b) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to living in the spirit >> Conditions to participating in the spirit -- That word "godliness" means more that a general description of a way of life. Godliness describes our composition, what God is making in us. If our good deeds fully describe us, then we are just god people, and Jesus forewarned us that there are no good people. We are better than that; we are God's people! Therefore, the gain of godliness is more than what we do, it is what we are. Godliness and contentment work together in us to create the substance of faith. That is why God is offended when we are not content with Him. We must be content with what God is putting un us and making from us, or we will never receive from Him; and without His contribution how can we be godly. 

 

9&10 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

 

1Tim 6,9-11

(162j) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bad company >> Do not associate with people who practice sin

(164g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan’s system of authority >> His elementary principles of the world

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1Tim 6-9,10

(19h) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Worldly influence on the mind – The New Testament does not correlate the love of money with faith in God. The Church has been trying to marry money to the gospel of Christ for centuries, but it’s like oil and water; they just don’t mix. An emulsifier is a reagent that is introduced between two dissimilar chemicals that allow them to mesh their properties to become a homogenous solution. Milk is a prime example of this; the dairy industry adds an emulsifier to keep the cream from separating and rising to the top. In the case of our discussion, the emulsifier that comes between the love of money and the love of God that makes them compatible is the lies and deceptions that people have imagined in their many false doctrines that allow them to believe wealth and Christianity are compatible, but there are intrinsic problems with this. There is the problem with money itself, which has a way of steering people away from God. To be financially wealthy gives the false impression that everything is okay between God and the rich man, since they attribute God as the one who blessed them, and so they assume their eternal salvation is also guaranteed, but this is a deception. There is something else about money that is intrinsically deceptive: the time and effort they devote in their pursuit of money that takes away from their pursuit of God. Imagine the relationship they could have with God if they spent as much time and effort seeking Him as they do pursuing the almighty dollar!

(21m) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The love of money -- These verses go with verse 17

(78o) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Putting your heart on display >> Consequence of not renewing your mind

(96m) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having an attitude of greed People go into debt spending money they don’t have, and whether they pay off their credit cards and mortgages is scarcely in the interest of either the borrower or the lender, which makes the world all the more bizarre. Another word for materialism is hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure. No idol has ever satisfied anybody; people buy expensive toys because they think they will make them happy, but no idol has ever satisfied anyone's wanderlust.

(160k) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation to walk in unbelief >> Tempted to pursue your addictions

(161b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the faith -- These verses go with verses 20&21. When Paul said that “The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil,” naming greed as one of the great evils, it must make room for man’s arrogant pride. That was the cause of man’s first sin after being tempted to be like his Maker. God spent time with Adam before this and regularly talked with him during the cool of the day. Adam had a relationship with God, and he must have loved the Lord, but when he was tempted to be like God, (though he was already made in his image) the devil appealed to his pride. Adam was probably the most intelligent man who ever lived, but his intellect didn’t keep him from falling into sin, hence the contrast between intelligence and wisdom. Adam’s intellect was high enough that he could have managed a kingdom that far exceeded anything man has ever done, but he traded it all for the possibility of being more like God than ever. Here’s the part that is complicated: Satan told Adam the truth! That is, man is more like God now that he ate the fruit and has come to the knowledge of sin. Satan told Adam the truth, but he had evil motives for speaking to Adam in the first place, so even the truth is false when the devil says it. For this reason it is impossible for Satan to tell the truth, and for this same reason it is impossible for God to lie, because His motives are always good. Little did Satan know that he just fell into God’s trap. God knew that man would fall; he expected it and even wanted him to fall, because now God has created man in a way that is more like Him than ever. In other words, God is not done created man in His image, and if He isn’t done by now, then He never will finish creating man in His image. In a million-billion years from now, we will be more like God than ever. At the end of eternity we will finally be like God, yet having all this time also to realize that we are not God. God wanted a man that was humble enough to be trusted with something great as the likeness of God.

(182k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Deceitfulness of riches -- These verses go with verse 5

(190d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Self-afflictions that are against the will of God

(195a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters >> You can only love one at a time

(199h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> The world rejects God >> Rejecting Christ to keep the world

(202b) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God by running to the world

(251c) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Making plans >> Making evil plans – Some try to manipulate Scripture and say that money is not the root of all evil but the love of money. Although that is what it says, “The love of money is the root of all evil” and not money itself, yet really what’s the difference? The person who doesn’t pursue money though it falls in his lap wouldn’t value it, compared to the person who sought it with all his heart. Some people don’t have much use for it besides paying his bills and buying his daily needs; then there are others who can’t seem to get enough of it. They hunt for it, working 70-80 hours a week, or investing years in college to secure a job that pays good money, or else finding a place on Wall Street. Regardless how he chases down the almighty dollar, it is impossible to say that he doesn’t love it. If we pursue money, then we love it, and if we love it, then this passage applies to us. Paul is speaking first and foremost to Christians, in that non-Christians can suffer this fate and no one really notices, since this is the way of the world for just about everybody who doesn’t love God, but Christians are called to a higher purpose than the love of money, making our sin all the more evil in greater temptation and a far more sinister snare, in much foolishness and great harm to our person, plunging us into ruin and destruction. Any so-called Christian who fits this description, his faith should come into question. How is he even saved as a lover of money? What did Jesus say about it? “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Mat 6-24). It is a cold, hard fact that we cannot mix the love of God with the love of money; for if we love money, then we don’t love God; and if we hold to money, then we despise God. If becoming wealthy is our number one goal in life, then how is our faith our number one goal in life? The two of these are in opposition to each other. To gain the world’s treasures we must be committed to pursuing it, which invariably takes from our commitment to God. It is what Paul said in Gal 5-17, “The flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”

1Tim 6-9

(163c) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Being a slave to greed -- This verse goes with verse 5

(186d) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> The fool >> The fool throws Jesus away for something better >> The world betrayed the Lord

1Tim 6-10

(204c) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Practicing sin >> Withdrawing from a righteous standard of living

(207d) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> You can get lost again -- This verse goes with verses 20&21. People in today’s church have devised a doctrine they call eternal security, once saved always saved they chant; and of course they find a couple verses that seem to correspond with their belief and ignore the dozens of passages that conflict with this idea. In combination with their love of money and their doctrine of eternal security, they surmise that they will always be destined for heaven, so they can defraud as many people of their money as they want and it won’t pose any negative consequences on their eternal destiny, because they can’t lose their salvation. They want it all; they want the highlife here and now and they also want to go to heaven and walk on streets of gold. However, since they can do only one thing at a time, either spend all their time and effort chasing money or else using their resources to develop a relationship with God, since they can’t do both, then neither can they have both. These people who want it all, the real reason they have chosen this life over the life to come is they don’t really believe in God. They said the sinner’s prayer and really meant it, but there is always the possibility that the Bible is not true, whereas they can see that the world is real (that too is a deception). So according to the proverb, ‘A bird in hand is worth two in the bush,’ they commit themselves to this life and forget about eternal salvation, figuring they will go to heaven anyway because of their contrived eternal security clause. They say they want both this life and the life to come; yet God recognizes them as having made a choice. God would tell them, ‘If you want this life, then you shall have your reward in full,’ but those who choose the life to come in eternity will never have their reward in full, because their reward will never end.

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11&12 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

1Tim 6-11,12

(46e) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Being fearless in battle – Why do we need to fight if we have a willingness built into us? Jesus said in Mk 14-38, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He didn’t say the flesh was unwilling; He said it was weak to do the will of God. The flesh benefits from doing the will of God, but it is weak to do it, and those who try to serve God in the flesh are weak. So, we must fight to submit our flesh and allow the willingness of the Spirit to dominate our lives and lead us into the will of God. If we let our flesh lead us, it will always lead us away from the will of God. Our fight is to take hold of the eternal life to which we were called, and we already possess it, but he says to take hold of that which we possess. It is not enough to merely possess eternal life like a knife in our front pocket; he wants us to take hold of it like the sword of the Spirit and wield it in the face of our enemy. This is called working the grace of God; take hold of it and work His grace into our lives. We can’t just sit back and let God work His grace in our lives; He wants us involved in our salvation.

(106l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Purpose of hearing from God >> To protect your faith -- These verses go with verses 20&21

1Tim 6-11

(99k) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in doing good – Collectively, Paul wrote to all the churches that there were disciples of Jesus and believers. God would have us all disciples of Jesus, but not every Christian wants to be a disciple. They don’t want to get too committed in their faith or fit the description of a fanatic; they just want to get saved and continue with their lives. However disciples of Jesus want to lead a good wholesome life, raise a family, train their children to obey Christ, honor His laws, go to church and attend Bible study. Such a lifestyle befits salvation. Some Christians try to be good, while others try to please the Lord, and there is a difference. Timothy was a disciple of Jesus; Paul was obviously an apostle, who charged Timothy to take responsibility for the believers under his watch to teach them the ways of God and to pursue godliness. God is always trying to get the believers involved in their faith to become His disciples. We should all be students of His word and disciples of prayer and be committed to love and good works.

(125ba) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Faith and love in equal measure There are two things Paul reiterated throughout First and Second Timothy and in Titus: godliness and faith & love. These are extremely important to us as the people of God. Faith is the workhorse that produces the fruits of the Spirit, and the goal of that fruit is godliness. So, we have faith > fruit > godliness in that order. Faith and love are similar to godliness and contentment; they are sisters of one another.

(127o) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Overcome evil with good

(128e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Gentleness >> Be gentle in all your ways >> Put gentleness in your character

(192k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Stop practicing sin >> Run from sin

(193k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to God to avoid running from Him – Paul said these things to Timothy and Titus, but he implied them for us all. We must be actively involved in our faith or our faith will disappear, for there are forces in our lives that are pushing us in the opposite direction of God, and for this reason we need to push back; otherwise, we will follow these forces and God will become a distant memory to us. Our faith will become something that we once had, and Satan will make sure that we remember it with distain, so we don’t go back to it. These forces can be convincing, even though it is more like someone trying to convince us that two plus two equals something other than four. These forces have the power to drive us from our convictions and from the things we know are true. One person can say these are demonic forces and another can say they are forces that reside within our flesh, and both would be right.

(250k) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Lists >> Terms of graduating to the next level >> List of spiritual traits in descending order

1Tim 6-12,13

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) 

1Tim 6-12

(91g) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Walking along the narrow way >> Responding to the call of God

(232i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Take hold of the hope of His purpose -- This verse goes with verses 18&19

(244e) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Father is the source of eternal life

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13-16 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time -He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

 

1Tim 6-13,14

(7b) Responsibility >> Protecting the Gospel >> Defend the word of God by obeying it – Paul charged Timothy to maintain the doctrines that he received from the apostles. Note that he didn’t charge Timothy to maintain the Scriptures, but their doctrines. That is, he charged Timothy with maintaining the emphasis and interpretation of Scripture. Since the last 2000 years, however, those doctrines have been muddied, though the Scriptures themselves read largely the same. The Church doctrines have become compromised through our behavior. Our conduct often does not reflect what we believe, so people have slowly changed what they believe to correspond with their behavior. What we believe has now mutated the gospel; it has lost its vitality by the delusions over the centuries that people have added and subtracted from it. It is naturally difficult to live up to our own standards, but we shouldn’t make excuses for ourselves, and we especially should not write those excuses into our doctrines, consequently diluting them to the level of our willingness to serve Christ with our flesh. Paul didn’t care that it was hard; he wanted Timothy to live up to the standards that Paul had taught him, so that the purity of the gospel would not be compromised. Paul was thinking about the future; he was thinking about us, about the potential thousands of years that would transpire before Christ would return. He was afraid that people would not live up to the truth and would malign the gospel by inventing new doctrines that corresponded with their behavior, instead of subjecting their flesh to model after the truth. He would not allow that to happen while he was alive.

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless

1Tim 6-13

(148c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Jesus solemnly testified

1Tim 6-14,15

(215c) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> Fulfillment of God’s time >> The moment we have all been waiting for – Jesus will come at the proper time. The proper time has come and gone for many people who have waited for his return throughout the centuries, including the apostle Paul. What people think and what God thinks is proper are often two different things. However, since Paul knew there was a 2000 year period between Adam and Abraham and a 2000 year period between Abraham and Christ, he probably suspected he would not see His second coming. God’s timing is tantamount to His sovereignty; it is like a giant boulder towering over us, and in our way. We look at it, knowing it weighs hundreds of tons, and knowing we can’t move it. If He is not willing to move the boulder, then it will stay right there, and if he chooses not to return in our lifetime, then He won’t no matter how hard we pray. The sovereignty of God is immovable. We can ask God for things and maybe He will grant us some of them; some prayers he answers while others He doesn’t; that is the sovereignty of God. We can get mad at Him and complain about the way He thinks and feels about Himself and the world, but nothing will change. We just have to accept God as He is, because He is “the King of kings and the Lord of lords; who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light.” This too is sovereign.

(237a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> Appearance of Christ

1Tim 6-14

(2f) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keep your commitments in your walk with God

(104k) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see Jesus >> Shall see His appearing – Paul and Timothy and the Church in the first century had reason to expect Jesus to return in their lifetime, in that He never said He wouldn't. They were to keep themselves pure and holy before God, for we don't want to shrink away from Him at His appearing. One day we will see His face, and if He doesn’t come in our lifetime, we have done no wrong in keeping His commandment, singular not plural, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (Jn 15-12). We are to consider others more important than ourselves until the day of Christ.

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1Tim 6-15,16

(39l) Judgment >> The essence of life defeated the essence of death

(66a) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> He is Lord over all creation >> over life and death

(66i) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> Jesus is the power of God >> Demonstration of His Spirit

(67a) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> Jesus’ authority >> The glory of His authority

(224l) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The holy of holies >> The throne room of heaven

(243j) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The head of the body is indestructible >> Jesus is indestructible

(252a) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for His inherent worthiness

(253b) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son is infinite and eternal like the Father

1Tim 6-16

(112b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus’ light overcomes darkness >> The light of His power – We cannot separate God from the light that emanates from Him. People tried to separate Jesus from His truth, and they tried to kill Him, but they only destroyed themselves in the process. No man has seen Jesus Christ in his true glory. Some may have seen visions of Christ; His closest disciples saw Him at his transfiguration on top of the mountain with Moses and Elijah, but that was not the unapproachable light to which Paul was referring. That was a simulation of His glory. The unapproachable light that emanates from His throne is something that will instantly vaporize the flesh, like the light intensity of a nuclear blast. 2The 2-8 alludes to this as it says, “Then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” We will be able to survive the fullness of the glory of God in our resurrected bodies in that we will then be made of the same substance as God, and we will dwell in His unapproachable light. For this reason we will be safe, because nothing can come close to God without being destroyed, unless they are made of the same substance, which if required to define, would be “faith.” The substance of God is the only thing that can survive His presence, and God will give us a body that is composed of his substance. If we can survive His presence, then we will survive eternity itself! If anything comes to destroy us, all we have to do is run to God and bask in His presence, and our enemies will be vaporized. This is how we will live secure forever in our eternal dominion. The New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from God (Rev 21-2), the Bible says the Lamb of God (Jesus) is its light source. For this reason, nothing can come into the city and live, except those who belong to Him.

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17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

 

1Tim 6,17-19

(57a) Paradox >> Opposites >> The rich are poor – The rich man may have solved the problem of poverty in his personal life, but he has created a bigger problem, as Jesus put it, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Mat 19-24). In the long run the rich man would have been better living in poverty that his heart may be more susceptible to the gospel, but as it is, how can the rich man believe in Jesus when he already has everything he wants?

(94b) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective on wealth in this life

(120j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Contentment >> Content with your standard of living >> Content with the means God gives you -- These verses go with verses 6-9. Wealthy Christians ought not to fix their hope on this life because of their money, which to them is a real temptation. To consider having reached nirvana as it were in this life through their earthly riches indicates that they have no idea what is waiting for them in heaven. What little enjoyment we can extract from this life through the uncertainty of riches cannot hold a candle to the joy awaiting us in the presence of God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Paul was talking to the Church, which was mostly poor, suggesting that what little they have came from the Lord, and there is very little more they need. Psalm 37-25 says, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” God promises to meet our needs, and for Him to ‘richly supply us with all things to enjoy’ indicates that God gives above and beyond our needs; this is speaking in reference to the poor. Those who have very little have enough, and what little they have beyond their needs is the subject of Paul’s discourse. Money and wealth are relative, for some have much and consider themselves in need, while others have little and feel overstocked. Keep in mind too that many of the things God richly supplies don’t involve money at all but are free. In generations past, children didn’t have many toys; their parents couldn’t afford to buy them, so they would make toys from whatever they could find lying around the neighborhood, like a large appliance box, or something as simple as a mousetrap. Many of these makeshift toys were more fun than the ones we can buy at the store, because there was a little pride in the fact that they recognized its value, imagined what they could do with it and were able to fashion it into a form that fit their purpose.

(226g) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Rewarded in heaven – Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat 6,19-21). Paul instructed wealthy people to take advantage of their wealth and share it with others who are in need so they can amass treasures in heaven and take hold of that which is life indeed, basically converting their money to eternal rewards. This is the ultimate investment. People in the Church nowadays try to talk us into giving them all our money using a similar argument, so we will have treasure in heaven; but if we do what they say, all our money will go to an inanimate building and to a money-crazed preacher. In contrast, Paul’s suggestion was to use our hard-earned money to directly care for the needs of the saints, those who were poor and in need. If their children needed jackets or food, we should buy them a few bags of groceries and set them on their door. Every penny that the rich man spends on the saints in good works and shares and meets the needs of God’s children is converted to eternal treasures that they will receive on the day of the First Resurrection in the life to come. The problem with the Church today is that people are so earthly minded that they’re no heavenly good. They don’t want to invest their lives into a kingdom for treasures they cannot enjoy in this life; they want to receive the benefits now. It is a major problem they are unwilling to invest their lives into the Kingdom of Heaven in that it keeps the Church from being truly functional. Some people in the Church go hungry and are improperly clothed, and nobody is caring for them.

(235e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Tithing >> Offerings >> Help your weaker neighbor (alms)

(248i) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> Valuing God >> Do not value things that devalue God – Paul is not talking about unbelievers in the world but about wealthy believers in the Church. The disciples asked Jesus, “Who can be saved?” Jesus answered, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mat 19-25,26). Everyone’s salvation is truly miraculous, but those who are saved among the rich are a double miracle. A rich man’s money is not their only asset; Paul also instructed them to do good works. Sharing their wealth is a good work, but Paul delineated between that and doing other good works. He wanted rich people in the Church to act just like any Christian. Those who are poor in the Church have very little to offer in the way of finances, so the only things they can offer are their good works, and Paul is saying that these things are just as important as money. A rich man sharing his wealth is a good work, just like the good works of a poor person, no better or worse. The world runs on money, but that should not be the case with the Church, though it actually is the case in these last days. Christianity has become very expensive, and it shouldn’t be that way.

(249e) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not depend on wealth – People who belong to Jesus are more rich that those who have money. The Bible says that those who love and serve God are promised all things to enjoy, even though they may receive them through the godliness of contentment. Paul instructs those who are wealthy to share with those in need, simultaneously helping God fulfill His promise to the saints and converting their worldly possessions into spiritual wealth. People who are wealthy think they are living the good life, but Paul wants them to convert their worldly wealth into spiritual treasures, so they may walk and live by the Spirit and thus "take hold of that which is life indeed." Jesus taught that those who follow Him have an abundant life, not abundant wealth and riches in a worldly sense, but spiritual wealth, compounded with unity, which is how our treasure exponentially grows.

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1Tim 6-17,18

(34m) Gift of God >> Be generous like your Father >> Give to the poor

(175c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Wealth gives a false sense of godliness

(189d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Costly sacrifice -- These verses go with verses 6-8

(239k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Let not many of you become teachers >> Dividing accurately the word of truth -- These verses go with verse 2

1Tim 6-17

(21m) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The love of money -- This verse goes with verses 4&5. Paul didn’t comment on giving money to the Church; rather, he talked about sharing among the saints. The “Church” didn’t need any money; people held church in their homes; there was no building or overhead involved. The only need for money back then was for those in need. Today Christianity is defined by the building and not by the people, and consequently there is no money left to help those in assembly. One role of the deacon in the First Century Church was to assist those in need; for this reason the role of deacon is rare these days, because the Church is concerned more about the building than the people. We have large facilities that cost an arm and a leg, so the whole experience of church revolves around the building. The early church used to meet in people’s homes, but today the need for hospitality is bypassed, of which the Bible speaks very highly. We say we don’t do that anymore because the need is not there, as in days of persecution. They could not build a place of worship, because it would become an opportunity for their enemies to coral the saints and throw them all in jail, or whatever they intended to do to them, and then burn down their church, or else confiscate it and use it for their own purposes, so they had church in their homes, and there was no overhead involved, and it was very intimate, and it required people to be obedient in ways more than just finances. The need for money was extremely minimized, so that all donations went directly to those in need instead of to the mortgage on the Church and to the pastor’s salary. If persecution returned, maybe the Church would return to godliness; too bad we are unwilling to serve Him in good times.

(30e) Gift of God >> Prepare to receive from God >> We must first get His attention

(97d) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing in the direction of the Lord >> Focusing your attention on God

(121e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Hope is the expectation to receive >> What the wicked fears (expects) will come upon him

(165e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not partake of the world >> Do not desire the treasures of the world

(170g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> This life is temporary

(223a) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Conceit >> Thinking you are superior to others >> Thinking you are inherently better than others

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18-21 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge "- 21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.

 

1Tim 6-18,19

(7l) Responsibility >> Use time wisely >> Get ready >> Use this time to gather – "Gathering" is the main point of the parable of the Ten Virgins, which is not only a parable about the last days, but is specifically about the time just before the end. In a spiritual sense the physical possessions we give away to help others in greater need will as it were be turned to gold and studded with all precious jewels and awaiting your arrival in the Kingdom of God. The more we give away in this temporal existence with our finite resources, the more we will have in the eternal kingdom. However, we will not need them there, so God will place the reward where it counts the most – in our hearts.

(8e) Responsibility >> Prepare to Interact with God >> Prepare to meet Jesus by living a holy life – When it is our time to go, we will want to have lived a good life, helping others and loving God. This is the best way to prepare to meet your maker; it is a life-long process, not just a sinner's prayer.

(11g) Servant >> God’s standard is in proportion to our output – Paul was saying about the rich that they have a special opportunity to amass greater fortunes in heaven than the rest of us, using their money to do good works and blessing those who are in need of assistance, but in fact the Bible also teaches that few rich people will ever see the Kingdom of Heaven, and if they do make it there, they will unlikely shine the brightest in heaven, because of the deceitfulness of riches. The affluent tend to use their wealth to bless themselves in this life instead of investing it in the life to come. Those who will shine the brightest in heaven probably didn’t have much money in this life, but they did what they could with what they had and invested everything into the Kingdom of Heaven. God will not judge us based on what we had but based on a percentage basis that we invested into His heaven.

(127j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Doing good is the prerequisite to going to heaven

(137f) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation >> Church is the foundation of manifested truth

(192d) Die to self >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Receiving from God by substitution >> Wheeling and dealing in God’s spiritual economy

(232f) Embrace (Key verse)

(232i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Take hold of the hope of His purpose -- These verses go with verse 12

(254b) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> We live because He is life >> We live because we are in Jesus – The rewards of heaven will apply to our “life indeed.” This word “life” in the Bible is used in a way that the world doesn’t know. Virtually every translation uses the word “life” in this verse, so life is the proper term, but we need to understand what the Bible means by this term. We understand the word “life” to mean the opposite of dead, but the Bible’s definition of life is: something that comes from God and relates to His very essence. There are a number of biblical terms that converge into one meaning. For example, the Bible says God is love, but it also teaches that faith and love are the same; so we could also say that God is faith. Again, the Bible teaches that Jesus is the “truth”, and that He is also the light of the world; they are all talking about the same thing, speaking to the very essence of God. This is the way Jesus taught, making it sound like something that could be quantified. That is, some people have more of the life of God than others. Paul compared people of the First Resurrection to the stars of heaven; some are brighter than others, so light speaks to God’s essence, and all the terms converge into one trying to convey the essence of God, who will cause each of us to shine with variations of intensity with the life of God that raises the dead, according to each person’s faith that he manifested in this life through love.

1Tim 6-20,21

(106l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Purpose of hearing from God >> To protect your faith -- These verses go with verses 11&12

(158c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Strife >> Contentions -- These verses go with verses 3-5

(161b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the faith -- These verses go with verses 9&10. Paul didn’t want Christians getting involved in worldly and empty chatter because it is inevitable that we sin, as Solomon said in Proverbs 10-19, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Moreover, it doesn’t glorify God. There are many people in Christendom today with the opinion that not everything we say and do must glorify God, but in heaven we will glorify God in all things, and if that is our purpose there, it should be our purpose here. God would much rather our conversation revolved around the Scriptures, our faith and our calling, keeping our conversation on Him. There is worldliness and chatter, and then there is the opposite, being far more malignant, which is knowledge that is falsely called science. This false knowledge refers to a religious belief system that has been around even before Christ, called Gnosticism; Gnosis means knowledge. Paul is talking about the Gnostics, saying that what they believe does not lead them to the truth. He said that some have professed these things and have thus gone astray from the faith. The Gnostics teach that their beliefs do not require faith at all but are loosely based on a handful of favorite sources and gurus, and from there they spin off in every imaginable direction, inventing their own ideas about God within a certain framework. Whatever they devise is their personal truth, which to them doesn’t even mean anything; instead their spiritual experiences contain the meaning in the process of attaining this so-called knowledge. That is, they are in contact with spirits but not the spirit of God, and their communion with demons is the core of Gnosticism. Pilate said, “What is truth?” not believing that such a thing existed. Likewise, if we hear people say that they don’t need faith to have a relationship with God, that they can experience Him apart from the Bible, stay clear of them. Meanwhile our faith is based on the knowledge of the Scriptures, which have not changed over the centuries to this day. The Bible is our constant, and we place our faith on that invariant, whereas Gnosticism is just the opposite. They have no faith at all and their religion is a floating belief system, like a boat in the middle of the ocean, lost. Wherever the current takes them is where they want to go, whereas Christians resist the currents of this world, knowing that they ultimately originate from the devil. Instead, we point our bow at the Scriptures and row toward Christ and His truth.

(161k) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by religion

(166b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Wisdom of the world >> Man’s wisdom excuses his sinful nature >> Man’s wisdom gives reason to reject God

(182i) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Being deceptive with people >> Distorted perception of others

(199e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Renouncing your faith

(202f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from the word of God >> Running from the truth

(203i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the truth

(207d) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> You can get lost again -- These verses go with verse 10

(212d) Theory of Evolution (Key verse) – Back in the 1950s a man named Alan Turing, an embryologist, designed a computer program that could play checkers. He calculated that the possible moves rivaled a number with 40 zeros in it! So, he realized he needed to write a program that could select game winning moves among the vast number of possibilities, but teaching a computer how to play checkers is not easy. He tried a variety of approaches, and settled on a strategy that after tinkering with it a few years eventually beat some of the best checker players of all time. He came to the conclusion that he needed to design a program that could write itself, supplying it with the game’s objective and a set of rules to follow and then integrated a number of feedback loops into it, so the program could evaluate its own progress and learn from its mistakes. The more the program played, the more it tweaked its strategy and improved its game. In his book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Daniel Dennett used this story as an analogy that non-living matter discovered life on its own and then taught itself how to survive and flourish (Dennett, pp. 208-212). In stark contrast to Dennett’s idea, the checkers program needed a god to create it (Alan Turing), but Dennett didn’t use Mr. Turing in his analogy, because Dennett is an atheist. The checkers program especially needed Mr. Turing to give it the rules of composing a strategy, so it could establish its own algorithm from millions of possibilities. When you include Mr. Turing’s input, the story works very well as an analogy for creation, but without him the story makes no sense at all. However, one thing does make sense about Dennett’s analogy, God designed life in very much the same way that Mr. Turing designed his checkers program: He designed it to take care of itself.

(212d) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> Evolution (Defaming God) >> The philosophy of evolution – Atheism has been around a long time. In contrast to atheism, science does not automatically draw us away from our faith. That is, science and faith are not opposites as some have proposed. What seems inherent in science is the tendency of deifying humanity, referring to humanism. Science leads us to think we are as smart as God because we have figured out a few things about His stuff. It erroneously leads us to believe we are at some level with Him. However, the real opposite of faith in Jesus is atheism, though atheism too ironically is a faith in itself. Apart from faith, man with his science and technology is nothing short of a worm. Paul calls it empty chatter, in that he too wasted his life accumulating knowledge under a man named Gamaliel (Acts 22:3), and knows that it’s a dead end. There is no inherent value or treasure waiting for us at the end of the rainbow in worldly knowledge like there is in Jesus.

(221d) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides behind man’s intellect

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1Tim 6-20

(7g) Responsibility >> Protecting the gospel >> Defending your territory

(35j) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> Spiritual gifts >> Knowing the mind of God