1st Timothy – Chapter 6 – Study Notes


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Honor Masters ( 1st Timothy 6:1-2 )


Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.

And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved.

Teach and exhort these things.


  1. As for those who are slaves
    • Count your masters worthy of honor
    • And, is so doing God’s name and God’s doctrine can not be misconstrued
  2. And, if your masters are fellow believers
    • Do not look for fault in them
    • But, serve them more graciously
    • Ensure that they benefit from your dexterity
    • More so as your masters are believers and beloved by God
  3. Teach and Exhort
    • Do not just gloss over this
    • Teach it
    • Exhort it
      • Teach strongly
      • Teach with plenty of example
      • Teach with admonitions and warnings as servants who do otherwise will receive fair recompense

Error and Greed ( 1st Timothy 6:3-10 )


If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


  1. Teaches Otherwise, as for those who teach otherwise
    • He specifically says they are not in alignment with wholesome words
    • They are not inline with our savior’s own words
    • They are out of line with doctrines that underpins Godliness
  2. He admonishes distractors for being
    • Proud
    • Knowing nothing
    • Obsessed with disputes
    • Arguing over words
  3. He foresights that the end game from such opposition, will be
    • Envy
    • Strife
    • Reviling
      • criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner
    • Evil suspicions
    • Useless wranglings of men, based on
      • Corrupt minds
      • And, destitute of the truth
  4. Godliness for Gain
    • Opposition can be sourced to various avenues, such as
      • People who have have pursued knowledge of Godliness as a pathway to material gain
  5. Withdraw oneself
    • When the Spirit reveals false teachers :-
      • The spirit of God encourages one to withdraw self
  6. Desire for Richness
    • Desire to be rich is especially pernicious for teachers
      • The devil sees a probable vehicle for false teaching
      • There is no one who has a call for teaching that does not invite the temptation of Satan
    • The apostle thus declare desire to be rich as
      • A temptation
        • A current temptation
      • A Snare
        • A snare, a trap, that the devil will lock one into
  7. Once one falls into the trap for richness, one announces candidacy for
    • foolish lusts
    • and harmful lusts
  8. Inevitably, one day, the costs come due
    • The piercing of sorrow

Good Confession ( 1st Timothy 6:11-16 )


But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.


  1. Once Paul dispenses of his instructions to slaves ( on how to serve their masters ) and against false teaching ( rooted in error and greed ) he enjoins his beloved Son in Scripture, Timothy, to instead focus on the instruments towards Godly living
    • Righteousness
    • Godliness
    • Faith
    • Love
    • Patience
    • Gentleness
  2. He encourages him forward towards the perennial gift of eternal life
  3. Mindful Confession
    • Mindful of Timothy’s confession to him as a spiritual father
    • The gain of others through Timothy’s faithful public confession
    • Public Confession gleaned from a well lived life
  4. God
    • God giver of life
    • Will use the faculties listed above to give and sustain life
  5. Jesus Confession Before Pilate
    • icr.org – CONNIE J. HORN –  Jesus–Confession Before Pilate ( Link )
      • The main accusations brought against Christ centered on His claim to the kingdom. All four gospels record Pilate’s question to Jesus: “Art thou the King of the Jews?”
      • Matthew, Mark, and Luke record Jesus’ silence in the face of His accusers, but only John records the two very important statements made directly to Pilate:
        • “My kingdom is not of this world;”
          ( John 18:36 ) [ Link ]
        • “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.  Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice”
          ( John 18:37 ) [ Link ]
  6. Keeping of Commandments
  7. Jesus comes in his own time
    • Silent reminder against clock watchers
    • And, those who are more concerned with appearing to have uncommon insight
  8. Continues on distinguishing the Triune from us
    • Immortality
    • Dwelling in approachable light
    • No one has seen or can see
      • No one in the past ( written )
      • And, no one in the future ( prophetic )
  9. Accord him and him alone
    • Honor
    • Everlasting Power
  10. Amen
    • Absolute Prayer

Instructions to the Rich ( 1st Timothy 6:17-19 )


Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.


  1. Command
    • He is not saying request, he uses the word command
  2. List of Admonitions
    • Haughty
    • Trust not in riches, but in living God
    • Sensing our trust in him, he reciprocates by furthering our gains not just in riches, but in been able to enjoy what we have personally and have access to corporately
  3. Service
    • Do Good
    • Be rich not just materially, but through good works
    • Be ready to give
      • Steering once thoughts towards doing good
      • With everything comes preparation; here he is saying “Be Ready
    • Willing to share
      • Willingness comes through a combination of faculties
        • The mind through veering from destructive thoughts and medications
        • The heart through loving Good
        • The Spirit through sensing God’s original intent, his current urging, and faith in what God can do
  4. Foundational
    • Actions are not just purposed for this life
    • But, for the life to come
  5. Eternal Life
    • Relay Runner
      • As a relay runner, wait on a steady exchange of the batton
      • Grab a hold of it
      • And, hold on to it through the race
      • Be careful to stay within your lane
      • And, be careful to hand it off to the next generations after your

Guard the Faith ( 1st Timothy 6:20-21 )


Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.


  1. Trust
    • Understand what has been entrusted to you
    • Now that you understand it with your mind, start to value it in your heart
  2. Guard
    • Now that you are starting to value it in your heart, guard it
  3. Avoid
    • In valuing with your mind and value, God bestows on you discernement
    • The Spirit of God allows you to sense profanity, babblings, and contradictions
  4. False Knowledge
    • One senses false knowledge
    • Counterfeit Religion
    • Hypocrisy
  5. False Teachers
    • Once once effective teachers accumulate enough false teachings, attentive students get a sense
    • They can sense the straying


Grace be with you. Amen.

Additional Material

  1. Connie J. Horn
    • Institute of Creation Research
      • Jesus–Confession Before Pilate
        • Link
          Publisher :- icr.org
          Published On :- 1996-July-22nd
  2. Theology of Work
    • My Kingdom is Not of This World ( John 18:36 )
      • Link #1
        Publisher :- theologyofwork.org


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