1 Timothy 6:1-2 A Lesson for the Working Class

1 Timothy 6:1-2 (KJV)
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

A believer, especially those in the working class, ought to give careful meditation upon this passage.

At first blush, we learn a difficult lesson
Count your master worthy of all honor. It says, “all honor” and not just honor. This is unconditional and unlimited honor. We don’t choose to honor them only when they are honorable. We don’t just give them the honor we believe is their due. We give them all honor.

And we are told why. “That the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed.” We are to do it for the sake of the Lord. Even if we feel like they do not deserve any honor, we are to count them worthy of all honor for the sake of the Lord.

The second lesson may be more challenging yet.
If we happen to have a master who is a believer, we are to take care that we do not despise him.

It could be, and often is, that a Christian has a more difficult time with a believing boss than with an unbelieving one. The Christian expects the unbeliever to be in business for material gain. The Christian might forgive the unbelieving master because he knows his master does not know the Lord.

But what about the believing master? Should he expect less of his workers just because he is a Christian? Granted, he is instructed to treat those in his yoke fairly. He is a pay them that which is just and equal. But is he honestly expected to place no expectations or fewer expectations on his workers because of his faith? Is it wrong for the believing master to desire gain from his business and those working in it?

The believing laborer ought to serve that master productively because he is a believer. The benefit they are both partakers of is salvation. Don’t serve him less because he is saved. Serve him thankfully because he is saved.

And for sure, don’t let yourself criticize him because he is saved.

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1 Timothy 6:1-2 A Lesson for the Working Class

1 Timothy 4:7 Worship Well

1 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)
But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

The word godliness is, I think, one of those that we tend to think we know but is very likely above us. It occurs 14 times in the Bible, 15 if we count the one time the Greek is translated “holiness.” It comes from a composite meaning “well reverent” or “good worship.” I think we usually define it as “godlikeness.” While God is reshaping us to be Christ-like, godlike sounds to me a bit like Lucifer.

There is some profit in thinking of it as good worship. “Exercise thyself rather unto [good worship].” Good worship isn’t something that happens lazily. The allusion is to the Greek athletes. The best of them were those who prepared best before the competition. Good worship isn’t as much what people see as what happens before what people see.

The best example of godliness, the model that will be the most beneficial to those whose lives we are concerned with, is the example that they never see.

People will benefit most from seeing the results of what they never see. So what they never see is where our personal focus ought to be.

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1 Timothy 4:7 Worship Well

1 Timothy 3:4-5 Have Your Children in Subjection

1 Timothy 3:4-5 (KJV)
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

I’ve been pondering the question of how to raise godly children and not just good ones. This passage clearly addresses the concept of good children “in subjection.” Perhaps gravity can apply to godliness. They are not merely to be in subjection, but to be in subjection “with all gravity.” Children must not be simply forced to comply; the father ought to have his children in submission through his reverence, honor, respectability.

I attach that to the next verse that associates his ability to parent with his ability to rule in the church house. It comes down to this; we teach our children to be godly through the example of our own godliness. Our sincere relationship with the Lord is most likely to pass down to our children a passionate relationship with the Lord. Our understanding that we desire to take care of our children’s spiritual wellbeing produces our gravity. We know this is no common responsibility. It is high. It is above us. It is only as God enables us that we might be able to accomplish such a thing.

As to my ponderings then. A parent raises godly children:

By understanding
He knows this is his duty. He is aware that the goal is to raise godly children and not just good ones

By prayer
He sees this as a holy calling. Spiritual matters cannot be accomplished in the flesh. It will always fail. This is such a high calling that it must be left to the Lord.

By example
And in this, the parent’s purpose is not merely to show the children what he desires for them. The parent is sincerely, honestly, reverently seeking their own godliness. Such honest godliness cannot help but to be witnessed in the children.

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1 Timothy 3:4-5 Have Your Children in Subjection

1 Timothy 2:14 His Place to Fix It

1 Timothy 2:14 (KJV)
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

John Gill writes, “There is no need to say with interpreters, that he was not deceived first; and that he was not deceived immediately by the serpent, but by Eve; and that he is never said in Scripture to be deceived, as Melchizedek is never said to have a father or mother. The apostle’s positive assertion is to be taken without any such limitations or qualifications; Adam never was deceived at all.”

Adam was fully aware of his action. He may have believed a lie, but Adam was not blinded. He sinned. He chose it.

“He took and ate out of love to his wife, from a fond affection to her, to bear her company, and that she might not die alone; he knew what he did, and he knew what would be the consequence of it, the death of them both”[1]

Do you suppose he considered what would be the consequence to his children?

“inasmuch as he sinned wilfully, and against light and knowledge, without any deception, his sin was the greater: and hereby death came in, and passed on all men, who sinned in him.”[2]

It was his willful choice to join with her transgression. Therefore, it was his place to choose not for himself alone but for his family, the only path that leads to redemption, the path to Jesus Christ.


[1] John Gill

[2] Again, John Gill

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1 Timothy 2:14 His Place to Fix It

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 6:7 This Is Certain

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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