- 1 Timothy 6:16-21
- 1 Tim 6:16 (KJB)
- Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can
approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour
and power everlasting. Amen.
- Paul continues his description of the Lord Jesus Christ in His glorified
state in Heaven. Paul had just spoken about the return of Christ but here he
is speaking of Him in Glory. First Paul describes Him as immortal. Those who
were familiar with Greek Philosophy would instantly recognize this word
because both Plato and Socrates taught the immortality of the soul. Here
Paul is stating that the true immortality goes from eternity to eternity.
Then He states that Jesus is dwelling in the light, that is, the light of
His glory that no man can approach because if they did in an unqualified
state, they would be consumed in an instant.
(Rev 1:17 KJV) And when I saw him, I fell at
his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear
not; I am the first and the last: John had walked
with Jesus but when he saw Jesus in Heaven in his vision, he fell down as if
he were dead. If that would have not been a vision and he was not qualified
to see Him, John would have been consumed. No man can see Jesus nor has
anyone seen Him in His full glory but that will be reserved for the
believers when they are gathered to Heaven on the last day. Jesus being King
of kings and Lord of lords will have both honor and power for eternity.
- 1 Tim 6:17 (KJB)
- Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not
highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the
living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
- Charge - Command
- Highminded - Proud or arrogant
- Trust - Have hope
- Uncertain - Lacking certainty
- Paul is commanding Timothy to command those that have wealth in this
present world that they should realize their wealth is only “in this world”
and not the next. Paul wants Timothy to remind the wealthy that they should
not have an arrogant mindset because of their wealth and their hope must not
be in their wealth. Paul goes on to explain why they should not place their
hope in their wealth. It is the fact that riches are not something which are
stable or certain. A person can be wealthy today and broke tomorrow. The
financial markets of the world are manipulated and can be set up for
prosperity or depression. Finances that are here today can be gone tomorrow.
Just ask those who lost the majority of their retirement funds in the last
recession. Paul then states that instead of placing trust in uncertain
riches, it should be placed in God who never can be manipulated nor is
unstable. God gives His children much to enjoy in this world such as all the
beaches if you like swimming, all the mountains if you like skiing, all the
parks if you like trees, all the sky if you like flying, and He does not
charge for any of it. The greatest thing God gives us to enjoy is salvation
with all the fruits of the Holy Spirit such as Joy, which underlies the
Christian even in the midst of hard times. We have joy because we know that
God is in control of everything and nothing can happen to us unless it is
for our own good.
- 1 Tim 6:18 (KJB)
- That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to
distribute, willing to communicate;
- Ready to distribute - Generous, ready to give
- Willing to communicate - Ready to share, liberal, sharing what is one’s
- Timothy is to charge those who are true believers already that instead
of seeking the riches of this world, they should be rich in good works.
These are the works which come out of salvation in which a person will have
the ability to do good. Whenever we are sharing the Gospel, we are doing
good. Then in contrast to the wealthy who hoard their money and possessions,
true believers should always be ready to give of their possessions and money
to help others and to help send the Gospel forth. They need to be ready to
share what is their own. Liberal giving is the way of the true believer.
(2 Cor 9:6 KJV) But this I say,
He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth
bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Reaping
bountifully does not always mean that if you give $100, you will get $1000,
it may mean reaping a harvest of souls bountifully because of bounteous
giving. We will not know the extent of our ministries until we reach glory.
Unfortunately, there will be many Christians who will have a lean harvest
because of their lack of giving. God may bless, according to His will, a
person financially for giving of their finances and when we give liberally,
we may never know till we get to glory how many problems which God took out
of our lives because of the promises He makes for those who give.
(Prov 11:25 KJV) The liberal soul shall be made
fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
- 1 Tim 6:19 (KJB)
- Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to
come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
- This continues the thread from the previous verse that those who are
willing to give according to their means, are laying up a good foundation
which is in Heaven. The foundation in view is the stable and enduring
foundation of Heaven in contrast to the unstable foundations here on the
earth. The time to come will be when they enter the gates of Heaven. They
are using their wealth wisely in investing in the Kingdom of God because
they have become saved and have obeyed the commandment to be liberal in
their giving. Then Paul finishes this verse by stating that may hold on to
eternal life. This is not speaking of buying one’s salvation but it is
stating that these people who give liberally for the sake of the Gospel,
have laid hold or grasped the reality of eternal life, in that, this life is
only transitory and the next life is permanent. It shows they grasped the
understanding of the difference in the transitory life and eternal life.
- 1 Tim 6:20 (KJB)
- O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding
profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of
science falsely so called:
- Profane - Worldly, common, unsanctified
- Vain babblings - Chattering, empty talk
- Oppositions - Contradictory positions
- Science - Knowledge
- Paul ends the letter to Timothy by commanding him to keep all that the
Lord has committed to his trust. The word trust can also be understood as a
“committed deposit.” Just as one deposits money in the bank, each true
believer is a bank of spirituality. They have the Holy Spirit living in
them, they went from being spiritually dead to alive, they will never see
judgment, they now proclaim the word of God to the unsaved people of the
world. Timothy is to continue in these things and not be diverted when
approached by those who are void of the truth. The profane and vain
babblings are just talk with no substance or any reputable source. This
would be the opinions of others who are just set against the Gospel because
it causes them to fear the judgment, so they would much rather quash it than
heed it. Then there is the crowd which comes with false knowledge such as
evolution who try to destroy the Gospel with their so-called scientific
positions. These may sound good but they are deficient in reality. Since
this world is temporary, all this knowledge is temporary and the only thing
which will survive this world will be the true Gospel. Timothy is not to get
involved with debates that will take him away from the study and
dissemination of the Gospel.
- 1 Tim 6:21 (KJB)
- Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be
with thee. Amen.
- Paul ends this epistle abruptly by stating that some have already
accepted false teachings and this has caused them to err or miss the mark of
the true Gospel. The unbeliever will attach themselves to these education
gospels because it makes them sound so eloquent but salvation is not by
eloquence, it is by Christ alone. This is why Paul wants Timothy to avoid
these false teachings because they have the ability to get you to thinking
and maybe divert you from the true faith and this is what Paul wants to
avoid in the life of Timothy. He then bids Timothy Grace to be with him.