1 Timothy 6:7 This Is Certain

1 Timothy 6:7 (KJV)
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

All my life, I have heard it said that there are only two certain things: death and taxes. I would be the last one to dispute that. It does seem to be accurate. But the Bible tells us of another certainty. When death happens, we can take nothing of this earth with us. This is such a reality that the two major worldviews each have their own way of dealing with it.

Those who believe there is nothing after death choose to, “eat drink and be merry.” 
In other words, they attempt to get as much out of life as they can because they believe when it is done, they have and are nothing. 

Those who believe there is life after death do what they think will yield them the greatest potential in the afterlife. 
This is true of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christendom. Each has its own teachings on how to accomplish a better life after death. Only one of these religious positions has the advantage of One who died, rose from the grave, and then teaches us to lay up our treasures in Heaven. That is Jesus. 

By the way, the message He left us tells us another certainty, 1 John 5:13 (KJV) 
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 

Have you placed faith in Christ such that you know you have eternal life?

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1 Timothy 4:16 Save Thyself

1 Timothy 4:16 (KJV)
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

A Bible student must be careful not to read into a passage, or even a word in the passage, what he wants it to say. The term “save,” and its various forms, must be understood in context. There is more in the Bible than salvation of the soul from hell and to heaven. Those who believe a Christian can lose his salvation or that he must maintain it to remain saved, 

  • Miss the point of the Cross 
  • Deny the perfection of Christ and 
  • Teach heresy in the doing of it 

Gill writes of this passage, “a minister by taking heed to himself, and doctrine, saves himself from the pollutions of the world, from the errors and heresies of false teachers, from the blood of all men, and from all just blame in his ministry.”

He says further, “by being an example to them in doctrine and conversation, a minister is the means of saving and preserving those that attend on him, from erroneous principles, and immoral practices; and by faithfully preaching the Gospel to his hearers, he is instrumental in their eternal salvation; for though Jesus Christ is the only Saviour, the only efficient and procuring cause of salvation, yet the ministers of the Gospel are instruments by which souls believe in him, and so are saved; the word preached by them,”

Timothy was already saved, eternally saved. But by attending to sound doctrine, he could save his testimony and thereby be the better helper of those who came under his preaching. 

The same is true of a Bible preacher today. 

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1 Timothy 4:16 Save Thyself

1 Timothy 2:6 All Men May Be Saved

1 Timothy 2:6 (KJV)
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

There are those whose minds are bent, mostly because of the things they have been taught, into believing that God chooses some to be saved, but not everyone. I am aware that most of them can present Scriptures they believe clarify this passage and confirm their conviction. This passage lays to rest, I think once and for all, the notion of partial election.

First, we are instructed to pray for all men
No exclusions are offered for our: supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks. Pray for all men.

Secondly, GOD will have all men to be saved
This is not meant to mean that all men are saved regardless of faith or background. Such a notion renders all Scripture meaningless. It means that God’s will would be for all to be saved. Every individual has a God-given vote concerning their salvation. God is willing for all to be saved. Not all are willing to be saved. 

Thirdly, Jesus died to ransom or to save all 
The price has been paid. The debt has been satisfied. Once and for all Jesus died for all. 

No person has ever lived outside the possibility of salvation. No one whose debt isn’t paid. No one whose sins haven’t been forgiven. No one God will not accept. 

There are only people who, for whatever reason, have not come to and called upon the name of the Lord. 

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1 Timothy 2:6 All Men May Be Saved

1 Timothy 6:20-21 Avoiding Science (so-called)

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV)
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. 

Two “sciences” seem to be on the front of everyone’s minds these days:
One of them is medical science
Every day a medical expert tells us what we have to do to avoid dying of the Chinese coronavirus. It is sometimes difficult to remember that these so-called scientists are merely giving their opinions. It is a practice, not a perfection. They make guesses and, though educated ones, there is an equal number of medical experts whose guess is almost the opposite. 

The other is political science 
It shows up mostly in the form of opinions concerning what the U.S. Constitution does and does not allow. Every one of us can read the Constitution for ourselves. The fact is, the U.S. Supreme Court has long embraced a dynamic interpretation of it. This means that it is not what the Constitution says that is enacted as law, but what the current SCOTUS decides the Constitution means in our time. 

It is an error of faith for a preacher to become too heavily engaged in either of these sciences. It’s not our work. That which has been committed to our trust is the Word of God. We will not err concerning the faith if we keep to that.

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1 Timothy 4:12 Be An Example

1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV)
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Timothy was a preacher and it is certainly true that preachers, above all people, ought to be an example. But I wish to contend that this is true of all Christians, not just preachers. 

Be thou an example
In word
My, how our words ought to become godliness. These days, with the Chinese Coronavirus testing our faith as well as our patience this is especially true. Even more so because, with social media, we can “vent” to the whole world. 

Be thou an example
In conversation 
This means lifestyle. I don’t imagine it hurts anything more repeat from the first point how important it is that we are an example in our verbal conversations but in this case, the point is that we are an example in our day to day life. 

Be thou an example
In charity
We commonly call this love, but it really is more specific than that. It is love for our church. 

Be thou an example
In spirit
The spirit is that part of us that connects with God. Walk with God. Follow God. Obey God. 

Be thou an example 
In faith
This is both how we trust God and what we believe about God. Faith is our doctrine. Be an example in the absolute assurance of Whom you trust and what you believe. 

Be thou an example
In purity
Holiness, blameless, righteousness. If the world is to accuse you in this evil day let it be because of your convictions and not for other reasons. 

The world is living in fear today. In every area of life be above board. That way when you obey God rather than men, they must see that it is not your nature to be disobedient. 

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1 Timothy 6:6 Contentment Enough

1 Timothy 6:6 (KJV)
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

The context of this contentment goes back to, 

1 Timothy 6:1-3
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and hisdoctrine be not blasphemed.
And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them,because they are brethren; but rather do themservice, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, eventhe words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

And concludes in, 1 Timothy 6:9
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and intomany foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 

  • Contentment even if under bondage. 
  • Contentment even when your master isn’t godly. 
  • Contentment even when suffering poverty. 

Contentment enough to count your master worthy of all honor and not try to be free of him. 

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1 Timothy 3:9 To Have and to Hold

1 Timothy 3:9 (KJV)
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

The word hold means “to have to own, to possess.” It is where we get the expression, commonly used in wedding ceremonies, “to have and to hold.” To hold is to possess and thing and to see to its continued possession. Having laid hold of it, we intend to do those things necessary to maintain our hold.

A person cannot lose salvation because it is not his possession. Rather, to be saved, is to be possessed of the Lord. Having laid hold of us, the Lord intends to keep hold. But there is the mystery of faith, the Gospel message. 

  • To possess that message
  • To preserve its truth, and 
  • To disseminate it to generations to come

this is a work committed by our Lord to the believer. 

To hold this mystery and to see that others may hold it as we have is a work that must be done in a pure conscience. Any other sort of conscience will pervert and corrupt it.

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1 Timothy 1:1 Christ Is Our Hope

1 Timothy 1:1 (KJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

Since Christ is our hope, by definition, it is impossible for a Christian to be without hope. 

  • Christ never leaves us, never forsakes is
  • All the promises in Christ are eternal, yea, and amen

This is not to say a Christian can never feel hopeless. It is only to say that such a feeling is false. It is not true. It is a failure of the flesh to register what is fact. It’s like a fuel gauge that has quit functioning – it reads empty even when the tank is full. 

The means to restore hope is not through activity then. It is through fellowship. Since Christ is our hope the way to regain hopefulness is by drawing close to Jesus. To walk with Him in the inner man, to commune with Him, to know Him closely, these are the keys to hope. 

Paul said, 2 Timothy 1:12 
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 

Even in the midst of suffering and upcoming execution, he had confidence and hope because: 

  • He knew whom he had believed and
  • He was persuaded He is able

The same will give hope to us in any circumstance of life. 

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1 Timothy 4:7-8 In Them, There is Life

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV) But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. A good minister of Jesus Christ chooses his battles. There are some things worth suffering for. There are others that are not. The difference is that which the Spirit speaks expressly and that which is just fable. In other words we are to teach and command what the Bible teaches. At the same time we are to avoid the subjects of religion. Our faith is not based in superstition. We do not have extra words of knowledge or visions outside the Bible. We do not make much of men nor do we build shrines to past Christians. We don’t speculate on those things we do not know. We stick to the Bible. We stick to it doggedly. We give not an inch. We compromise no part. We condemn what the Bible teaches is wrong. We lift up what the Bible teaches is right. In these we do not waiver.
  • We flinch not though the lost hate our standards.
  • We shrink not though the atheist believes scholarship proves us wrong.
  • We hold forth the Words of life because we know that, only in them, is there life.
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1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy

THERE IS A TRUST
1 Timothy 6:20 KJV
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

  1. Paul knew that the ministry was going to get more difficultas time when on and that it would become increasingly important to focus on the faith once delivered.
    1. We are to avoid, which means to deflect, to turnor twistout
  2. profane and vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called.

THERE IS A TRUTH
1 Timothy 6:20 KJV
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

  1. I have discovered that too much of what science professes to know is not knowledge at all but theory.

They begin all of their studies on the premise that the God of the Bible does not existand try to find answers to their questions that do not include that God.

They propose theories and study one another’s theories

2. If there is a scientific fact that the Bible apparently contradicts,

I would suggest that the problem is with their understanding of the Bible and not with the truths that exist either in science or the Bible.

THERE IS A TASK
1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith….

  1. We, who are the children of the Living God, have been given a wonderful treasure in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. To do so would be to err concerning the faith.

The truth is so important that we must not allow ourselves to be turned from that which is committed to our trust.

We must keep and guard it at all costs.