1 Timothy 6

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.  

Read    1 Timothy 6

Final Instruction.  

After brief instruction about the appropriate behavior of slaves in the household of God, Apostle Paul gave final instruction.

False teaching (3-5)—  False teachers were those who taught false doctrine which was away from sound doctrine of Jesus Christ. Consequently, they were conceited, contentious, and greedy, pursuing godliness as a means to financial gain.

Contentment (6-10) – contentment is Christian virtue, rooted in faith and trust that God gives and God sustains. Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to be content by his own experience (2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians 4:13). Money is neutral but the love of money is the root of evil.

Good fight (11-16) — Apostle Paul charged Timothy to fight a good fight of faith, using athletic metaphors, taking Jesus Christ as his model of good fighting, without spot or blemish, until Jesus Christ returned.  Doxology (v.16) speaks of God’s honor and glory.

Command to the rich (17-19) — Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to teach the rich to have hope in God, not their wealth.

Closing remark (20-21) — Apostle Paul sent Timothy to Ephesian church to guard the truth from false teaching. “falsely called knowledge,” was Gnostic philosophy in the first century, denying that Jesus Christ came in human (incarnation). And it was taught in the church.  

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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