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Theme: Duties of officers in the church (concluded)
Analysis of the Chapter
This chapter holds within it the following subjects of counsel and encouragement:
- The kind of instruction which was to be given to servants (employees verses 1-5). They were to treat their masters (employers) with all proper respect (verse 1).
- The advantage was godliness and a contented mind (verses 6-8).
- The desire to be rich brought evils (verses 9-10); evils seen in the temptations to which it leads; the passions which it raises; and the danger to religion itself.
- An urging to Timothy, and a warning, as a minister of religion, to pursue higher and nobler objects (verses 11-16).
- To avoid worldly things; he was
- To pursue nobler objects.
He was to follow after righteousness, and fight the good fight of faith. To do this, he was to be encouraged by the assurance that the great and only Sovereign would, in due time, place the crown on his head.
The duty of those who were rich, for it is supposed that some Christians will be rich, either by inheritance, or by prosperous business (verses 17-19). They are:
- Not to be proud;
- Not to trust in their riches so they forget they should depend on God;
- To do good with their property.
A solemn charge was given to Timothy to observe these things, and not to be turned from them by any of the arguments and objections of pretended science (verses 20-21).
Relationships of Believers to Others (1 Timothy 6:1-21)
Those servants of God who serve under the yoke (Mat.11:29-30), count their Master worthy of all honor and glory, that the Name of Almighty God and His doctrine not be blasphemed.
1 Timothy 6:1 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. (KJV)
Let as many servants . . . (Eph.6:5). Servant is that which was commonly applied to a slave, but it is as extensive in its signification as to be applicable to any species of servitude, whether voluntary or involuntary. If slavery existed in Ephesus at the time when this epistle was written, it would be applicable to slaves; if, any other kind of servitude existed, the word equally apply to that. There is nothing in the word itself which really limits it to slavery. See: (Mat.13:27; 20:27; Mk.10:44; Lk.2:29; Jn.15:15; Acts 2:18; 4:29; 16:17; Rom.1:1:2; 2 Cor.4:5; Jude 1;1; Rev.1:1; 2:20; 7:3).
As are under the yoke. . . the word yoke (Mat.11:29), seems to mean slavery, as it would not be applied to any other species of servitude (Lev.26:13). It sometimes means the bondage of the Mosaic Law as being a severe and oppressive burden (Acts 15:10; Gal5:1). It may be said here that the apostle did not regard slavery as a light or desirable thing. He would not have applied this term to the condition of a wife or a child.
Count their own masters worthy of all honour . . . treat masters (or employers in our time) with all proper respect. They were to show the right spirit themselves, no matter what their masters did or said. They were not to do anything that would dishonor Christianity. The ban here would seem to have particular reference to those whose masters were not Christians. In verse 2, Paul gives specific instructions to those who had godly masters.
That the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed . . . Christianity is NOT to be dishonored and criticized, that there may be no occasion to say that Christianity tends to produce discontent and to lead to rebellion. Blasphemed . . . Heathen masters or employers might say, What kind of a God is the God of the Christians, when such are the fruits of those who worship Him? (Rom.2:24; Tit.2:5,8,10).
Servants . . . Paul is going to deal with the relationship of money and labor. The Christian should render a full day's work for whomever he is working. If he agrees to work until five o'clock, he should work until five o'clock. Many employees do NOT complete the day! They start late and finish early, take extra-long coffee breaks! The Christian must do a full day's work for a full day's pay, or they are not a TRUE Christian!
1 Timothy 6:2 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. (KJV)
And they that have believing masters . . . masters who are Christians. It is clear from this, that Paul thought that, a man might become a Christian who had slaves under him. How long he might continue to hold his fellow-men in bondage, and yet be a Christian, is, however, quite a different question. It is quite clear, from the New Testament, as well as from facts today, that God may convert men when pursuing any kind of wickedness. The result of religion, in all cases, is to lead them to stop doing wrong. What their duty was after their conversion, was another question; and what the duty of their "servants," or slaves, was still another question. It is only this last question that Paul is considering.
Let them not despise them, because they are brethren . . . do not treat them with any lack of respect which is due to their position. The word here used sometimes means to neglect, or, not to care for (Mat.6:24; Lk.16:13). I do not think that here, it means actual contempt, but only that lack of respect which might possibly spring up if not well instructed, among those who were servants or slaves. It was to be understood that the effect of the master and the slave having both embraced religion would be to produce in the mind of the servant a desire to admire and respect his master.
But rather do them service . . . looking upon this as a further obligation upon them,
Because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit . . . because they are believers, and love the Lord Jesus, and are beloved of Him. Such is the way that all good Christians should love, being partakers of the gift of God, Christ Jesus, and the great benefit of redemption through His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19).
These things teach and exhort . . . Paul wanted Timothy to teach the Christians at Ephesus, that this was the will of God, and accordingly to call upon them to obey it.
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; (KJV)
If any man teach otherwise . . . Paul did not want anyone to publicly or privately instruct people otherwise.
And consent not to wholesome words . . . what Paul means by wholesome words, his next words show. They are called wholesome because they have a tendency to prevent the sickness of sin, or to cure the soul of its spiritual illness.
Even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness . . . words either spoken by Christ, or from Christ, or bringing attention to His honor and glory, or to the promoting of commitment, devotion and godliness.
1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, (KJV)
He is proud . . . If any man teach otherwise . . . he is swelled up with pride in the opinion and vanity of himself, he is a fanatical heretic.
Knowing nothing . . . solidly and truly,
But doting about questions and strifes of words . . . fond of questions of no spiritual use, but simply to make an argument of words.
Whereof cometh envy . . . when this heretic comes to see that the ones bringing the Truth are wiser than he is.
Strife . . . or arguments with those who will not readily yield to their opinions.
Railings . . . are usually the reprisals of ignorant self-proclaimed experts with little real understanding. When they see they are outdone by others, they then spout off. Railings is harsh and abusive language towards those who will not accept a point.
Evil surmisings . . . when they can truthfully say no evil of others, they will hatefully presume and suspect evil of them.
1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (KJV)
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth . . . mutual interfering with one another. The word interfering is a disorder applied to horses knocking one foot against another when they are not shod correctly. My husband shod horses over 40 years.
Supposing that gain is godliness . . . just because a person has gain of riches or reputation, does NOT mean that person is ‘godly.’ Quite the opposite, so often! So many false teachers in the pulpits today! BEWARE!!! http://worldlychaos.org/w_c_cults_rich_preachers.1.htm
From such withdraw thyself . . .Paul tells Timothy (and us), NOT to have anything to do with such people, stay away from these evil people!
Godliness is Great Gain
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. (KJV)
But godliness . . . devotion, piety. The meaning is, that real religion should be regarded as the greatest and most valuable acquisition.
With contentment . . . this refers to a state of mind; a calm and satisfied feeling; a freedom from murmuring and complaining. The object of the apostle seems to be, to rebuke those who supposed that property constituted everything that was worth living for. He tells them that the true gain, the real riches which we should seek, is faith with a contented mind. This does more to promote happiness than all the wealth in the world can ever do, and this is what should be regarded as the great object of life.
Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. (KJV)
Pro 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. (KJV) . . . Godliness with contentment is MUCH better!
See end of chapter for True Riches.
1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (KJV)
For we brought nothing into this world . . . a similar Passage occurs in: Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (KJV) . . . There is a great truth
here. Nothing could be clearer. We bring nothing with us when we enter the world, and my friend, we shall take nothing with us when we leave the Earth. I think this is said by Paul as a reason why we should be content if our needs are supplied (Phil.4:11;19); for this is really all that we need.
We can carry nothing out . . . Psalm 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. (KJV) . . .When a rich man dies, he shall carry NOTHING with him, no matter how much he has accumulated here on Earth, and neither shall his worldly honor, glory and power follow him! Shall not descend after him . . . but instead: Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (KJV) . . . HELL below, is what awaits the vast majority of rich men (Mat.19:23-24). Their wealth shall remain here on Earth!
1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. (KJV)
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content . . . food and raiment here, seems to mean supplies for our needs (Phip.4:19), NOT our wants or desires. These things are the main things which we really need, to sustain our life here on Earth. We cannot think that God would forbid a desire of a comfortable place to live. I think that the idea is, that having those things which meet the actual needs, we should NOT strive after "uncertain or unreliable riches," or make wealth the object of our restless pursuit (Phil.4:11-12).
IF God gives us anything more than is necessary for us, let us accept it gratefully and thank Him for it, and use it for His glory . . . BUT if we have no more than is just necessary for us, let us not fret or murmur, but be content, without murmuring against God, or using any undue means, out of an excessive desire to get more. Riches will NOT bring eternal satisfaction.
1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (KJV)
But they that will be rich . . . many have a greedy and excessive desire to be rich in this world's goods, and will use any skills, and do any unlawful thing, without any regard to the law of God.
Fall into temptation and a snare . . . those who fall into temptations and snares, are exposed to reckless preferences and emotions to that which is evil, and may and will be snares to their souls.
And into many foolish and hurtful lusts . . . they fall for many foolish and wicked desires, which oppose the law of God.
Which drown men in destruction and perdition . . . drown means to sink in the deep, or to cause to sink; and the meaning here is, that they become submerged as a ship that sinks. The idea of drowning is the image of a wreck, where a ship and all that is in it, go down together. The destruction is complete. There is a TOTAL ruin of happiness, virtue, reputation, and the eternal soul. Will be rich: (Pro.28:20). Riches will NOT bring eternal satisfaction.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (KJV)
For the love of money is the root of all evil . . . money, in itself is NOT evil, but the excessive desire and love of it, is the cause of much evil, both of sin and punishment.
Which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith . . . money is that which some too greedily thirst after. They have erred or been seduced, from the faith, meaning the doctrine of the Gospel, and/or their profession of Christianity.
And pierced themselves through with many sorrows . . . people expose themselves to many sorrows, which have literally pierced their very souls, with such sorrows as remorse, painful thoughts about their foolishness, and the anxiety and worry of the future wrath to come.
1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (KJV)
But thou, O man of God . . . meaning minister of God, whose service is not the service of the world. This is borrowed from the Old Testament, where we find it often applied to such whose work was to reveal God’s Divine will (Deut.33:1; 2 Ki.1:9; 4:40,42). By saying this to Timothy, Paul reminded him how much he was concerned about the scorn and contempt of the world.
Flee these things . . . run away fast, from the pursuit of riches; take no part in it.
And follow after righteousness . . . instead follow after justice, and the business of a righteous life, as you deal with men.
Godliness . . . devotion, goodness and piety toward God.
Faith . . . stand firm in your faith, and be faithful in all your dealings.
Love . . . love God, and your neighbor (Mat.22:37-40).
Patience . . . patiently and without complaint, bear all injuries that come your way.
Meekness . . . a mild and gentleness of spirit, opposed to all rash anger.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV)
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (KJV)
Fight the good fight of faith . . . the fight of faith is our meeting opposition which we come up against from the world, the flesh or the devil. Paul told Timothy that he must stand firm, strongly defending the doctrine of faith, and making it good by a life suitable to the rule of faith. Timothy is told to fight, either by an image drawn from soldiers, or such as exercise themselves in their sports games.
Lay hold on eternal life . . . eternal life means a right and title to it, which Paul calls to him to lay hold on, as is thought, by a image from those that were exercised in their games, and did whatever they could to lay hold of the prize offered to conquerors.
Whereunto thou art also called . . . to which eternal life, or rather to which good fight, thou art called, both by the internal call of God's Spirit, and by the external call to the ministry.
And hast professed a good profession before many witnesses . . . and to which thou hast indebted thyself by covenant or promise, made either in your baptism, or when you were set apart to your ministry.
Lay hold on eternal life . . . a question: If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? I think that is what Paul means here.
1 Timothy 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; (KJV)
I give thee charge in the sight of God . . . (1 Tim.5:21).
Who quickeneth all things . . . only God can forgive us and give us spiritual life (Eph.2:1). It is not clear why Paul refers to this attribute of God as enforcing the charge which he here makes. God is called He who quickeneth the dead (Rom.4:17), here, He who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; Paul offers the example of Christ to Timothy, as being the Head of those that witness a good confession.
Who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession . . . profession. The same Greek word is used which in verse 12, is translated profession, referring to the fact that the Lord Jesus, when standing at before Pilate, who claimed to have power over his life, did not shrink from an open avowal of the truth (Jn.18:36-37). Nothing can be better stated to keep our minds steadfast in the faith, and to enable us to maintain our vows in this world when allured by temptation.
1 Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
That thou keep this commandment . . . referring mainly to the solemn injunction which Paul had just given him, to "fight the good fight of faith," but maybe also including all that he had instructed him to do.
Without spot . . . it seems harsh, and is unusual, to apply the description "without spot" to a command or doctrine, and the Passage may be so taken that this may be understood as referring to Timothy himself. Without spot occurs in the New Testament only here, and in James 1:27; 1 Pet.1:19; 2 Pet.3:14. It means without any stain or blemish; pure. If applied here to Timothy, it means that he should keep the command so that there would be no stain on his moral character; if to the doctrine, that it should be kept pure.
Unrebukeable . . . so that there be no occasion for reproof or reproach (Phil.2:15).
Until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . (1 Thes.2:19; 4:16; 5:23).
1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; (KJV)
Which in his times he shall shew . . . which God will reveal at such times as He shall deem best. This implies that the time is NOT known to men (Acts 1:7).
Who is the blessed and only Potentate . . . Almighty God is the Ruler over all. The word used here means one who is mighty (Lk.1:52). It is applied here to God as the mighty ruler over the Universe.
The King of kings . . . He claims dominion over all the kings of the Earth. In Rev.17:14, the same title is applied to the Lord Jesus, ascribing to Him universal dominion.
Lord of lords . . . this means that all the sovereigns of the Earth are under His power; that none of them can prevent the accomplishment of His purposes; and that He can direct the winding up of human affairs when He pleases.
1 Timothy 6:16 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. (KJV)
Who only hath immortality . . . only God has eternal immortality! Our souls and angels are immortal (eternal) only as a gift from God.
Dwelling in the light . . . God is continually encompassed with a glory that is unspeakable (1 Jn.1:5).
Which no man can approach unto . . . to which NO man can in this life come close to.
Whom no man hath seen . . . nor did Moses, or Stephen, or any other, ever see His glory so as to comprehend it, or see the full perfection of it.
Nor can see . . . nor can the sons of men see Him with their bodily eyes, or so as to comprehend Him in His ultimate perfection, although some have with their bodily eyes seen His back parts (Ex.33:23), and appearances, and with their souls have, through His grace, been enabled spiritually to behold Him.
To whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen . . . to which immortality, glory and power to God belongs. (Rom.11:36).
1 Timothy 6:17 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; (KJV)
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded . . . the rich should not place an importance on their wealth, nor look down with pride and arrogance on their inferiors. They should not think that they are any better, or any nearer Heaven, because of their wealth.
Nor trust in uncertain riches . . . that they take no confidence in their riches, making them their strong city (Pro.10:15), as if those riches could secure them from evil, or make them happy. Riches are extremely uncertain because they may soon be gone. We CANNOT depend on them in the difficulties of life. He who is rich today, has NO security that he will be rich tomorrow; and if he should be rich tomorrow, he has NO certainty that his riches will meet his needs then.
But in the living God . . . but let them place their trust in God, who has life in Himself, and gives life unto all other things, and who lives forever.
Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy . . . it is God who gives us all we have, even though it is bought with our penny. Riches will NOT bring eternal satisfaction.
1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; (KJV)
That they do good . . . meaning the rich should do good to others, when they have the chance, on the duty commanded in this verse. (Gal.6:10; Heb.13:16). . . . Why?
That they be rich in good works . . . that their good works may be as abundant as their riches.
Ready to distribute . . . that they be not reluctant to distribute that which God has made them stewards, to those that are in need. The early church did this (Acts 4:34).
Willing to communicate . . . or be sociable, giving freely and willingly, according to the Master's order, as becomes those who are just stewards of the riches which they have. The idea is, that the rich should be willing to share their blessings with others, so as to make others comfortable (Heb.13:16; 2 Cor.8:13-15).
1 Timothy 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (KJV)
Laying up in store for themselves . . . laying up for themselves as a treasure (Mat.6:19-20).
This treasure which we wisely lay up in store, is the wisest thing we can do with earthly treasures, because "to distribute" them and give others a share of them (verse 18), is what God desires of rich men.
A good foundation against the time to come. . . (1 Tim.3:13; Lk.6:48; 1 Cor.3:11). Earthly riches scattered in faith layed up in store, is a sure increase of heavenly riches. God’s children gather by scattering (Pro.11:24; 13:7; Lk.16:9).
That they may lay hold on eternal life . . . some older versions read, "that which is really life." The joys of eternal life is solid and enduring (Ps.16:11). This life on Earth cannot be called so, because it is as a vapor (Jam.4:14). A good spiritual foundation, with our heart and life firmly secured on the foundation of Jesus, gives us eternal life (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12). God will give us an eternal happiness, not as a reward of debt, but of free grace, when we believe Him (1 Jn.5:10-13), and trust His only begotten Son to save us (Jn.3:15-18,36).
1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: (KJV)
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust . . . either the doctrine of the Gospel, which ministers should keep pure, or the pastoral office. Timothy was to be true and faithful in the preaching of Christ.
Avoiding profane and vain babblings . . . Timothy was to avoid all disrespectful speaking, all profane and empty babblings (false teaching). He was to avoid anything that would not promote the edification of the church (1 Tim.1:4; 4:7; Tit.1:14).
And oppositions of science falsely so called . . . avoid also all idle speculations, and arguments. I think the meaning here is, that Timothy was to avoid everything which falsely laid claim to being "knowledge" or "science." There was much of this in the world at the time the apostle wrote; and this, more perhaps than anything else, has tended to corrupt true religion since.
1 Timothy 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. (KJV)
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith . . . some pretending and boasting of science, studying to show themselves learned and subtle men, they have been led into errors in Christianity, apostatizing from the doctrine of faith. I have found that those who have the most worldly education, are the hardest to reach for Jesus. They simply think they know it all! Which some professing . . . clearly some who professed to be true Christians have erred in the faith (1 Tim.1:6-7; 6:10; 2 Tim.2:18). They were attracted by false beliefs, and soon, as a result, were led to deny the TRUE doctrines of Christianity. This result has not been uncommon in the world.
Grace be with thee . . . (Rom.1:7), the grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord, mentioned in (2 Tim.1:2).
- Riches of His grace (Eph.1:7)
- Riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints (Eph.1:18)
- Unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph.3:8)
- Riches of glory (Eph.3:16; Rom.9:23)
- Riches of His goodness (Rom.2:4)
- Riches of wisdom, knowledge Rom.11:33)
- Riches in glory (Phil.4:19)
- Riches of the glory of the mystery of Christ in you (Col.1:27)
- Riches of the full assurance of understanding of God's mystery (Col.2:2)
- Reproach of Christ greater riches than in Egypt (Heb.11:26)
Ten Dangers of Coveting Riches
- 1. Many temptations of the devil (1 Tim.6:9
- 2. Many snares of the devil (1 Tim.6:9)
- 3. Many foolish lusts (1 Tim.6:9)
- 4. Many hurtful lusts (1 Tim.6:9)
- 5. Destruction and perdition (1Tim.6:9)
- 6. The root of evil to grow (1 Tim.6:10)
- 7. One to err from the faith (1 Tim.6:10)
- 8. Many sorrows (1 Tim.6:10)
- 9. Highmindedness (1 Tim.6:17)
- 10. Wrong trust (1 Tim.6:17)
Riches in Scripture are considered the cause of much sin and rebellion against God; and so there are many warnings to men, especially converted men, to shun all covetousness: (Deut.6:10-17; Ps.52:1-7; 73:1-22; Pro.23:4-5; 28:20-22; 30:8-9; Jer.9:23; Eze.28:5; Mat.6:19; Lk.6:24; 12:15-20; 16:13-31; 1 Tim.6:4-9; Jam.1:9-11;5;1-3).
Riches is a trap, a snare, a pit dug in the ground, filled with sharp stakes, and covered over so that any man or animal who stumbles into it will be killed: (1 Tim.3:7; 6:9; Lk.21:35; Rom.11:9; 2 Tim.2:26).
Far too often, heaping up riches debases the mind, destroys godly traits, and causes selfishness, pride, and avarice which end in "destruction and perdition" (1 Tim.6:9-10).
Four Things Riches Cannot Buy
- Redemption for a brother's soul (Ps.49:7)
- Ransom for one's own soul
- Eternal life for the soul (Ps.40:8-9)
- Immortality of the body (Ps.49:9)
Riches CANNOT pay a redemption price that will satisfy the claim; riches CANNOT buy atonement: (Ex.30:12; Ps.49:7; Pro.6:35; 13:8; 21:18; Job 33:24; 36:18; Isa.43:3). Here it is not redemption of property, but of the soul (Ps.49:8).
Psalm 49:11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. (KJV)
Three-fold Inward Thought of the Rich:
1. Their families shall continue forever.
2. Their dwelling places shall continue to all generations.
3. Their lands will be a memorial of their names.
Psalm 49:16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; (KJV)
Two Things Not to Fear:
1. Man when he is made rich.
2. One whose glory of his house is increased.
Psalm 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. (KJV)
Five Reasons Not to Fear Wicked Rich Men:
1. They can carry no more to the grave than the poor man-nothing.
2. Their glory will vanish with them.
3. They shall go in death like others (Ps.49:19).
4. They shall never see light.
5. Their bodies perish like the beasts (Ps.49:20). This could only refer to the body going back to dust again (Ps.49:9,12; Ecc.3:19-20; Jam.2:26).
Nine-fold Charge to Rich Men
1. Be not highminded (1 Tim.6:17).
2. Do not trust in riches (1 Tim.6:17).
3. Trust in the living God (1 Tim.6:17).
4. Do good (1 Tim.6:18).
5. Be rich in good works (1 Tim.6:18).
6. Be ready to distribute goods to help others (1 Tim.6:18).
7. Be willing to communicate or have fellowship with all men, even the poor.
8. Lay up treasures in heaven (1 Tim.6:19).
9. Lay hold on eternal life (1 Tim.6:19).
Six Predictions Concerning Evil Rich Men:
1. Miseries will come upon them (Jam.5:1)
2. Riches will become corrupted (Jam.5:2)
3. Garments to become moth eaten (Jam.5:2)
4. Gold and silver to canker (Jam.5:3)
5. The rust or poison of their riches will witness or testify of their many sins (Jam.5:3)
6. The rust or poison of their riches will eat their flesh as it were fire (Jam.5:3)
Ten Reasons Why it is VERY Hard for Some Rich to Inherit Eternal Life:
1. They oppress the poor to make themselves rich (Neh.5:1-13; Pro.18:23; Jer.22:13-19; Jam.2:6-7; 5:1-7).
2. Their lack of trust in God (Ps.52:1-6; Job 21:7-15)
3. Their trust in riches (Ps.52:1-6; Pro.18:11; Job 31:24-28; 1 Tim.6:17)
4. Their pride over success (Ps.52:1-6; 73:3-9; Pro.28:11; Eze.28:5; 1 Tim.6:4-19)
5. Their sinful pleasures (Jer.5:7-9; Amos 6:1-6)
6. Their boastings (Deut.8:17-18; Jer.9:23; 1 Tim.6:4-19)
7. Their unwillingness to share with the destitute (Mat.6:19-21; Mk.10:17-27; Lk.18:22-26; 1 Tim.6:17-19; 1 Jn.3:17)
8. Their covetousness for more riches (Lk.12:15-21; 16:13-31)
9. Their highmindedness (Deut.8:17; 1 Tim.6:17-18; Jam.1:10)
10. They refuse to obey God (Pro.23:4; Mat.6:19-21; Mk.10:21; Lk.12:15; 1 Tim.6:17-18)
God gives riches to men, but He can also take them away: (Gen.24:1; Deut.8:17-18; 1 Sam.2:7; 1 Ki.3:12-14; Job 42:10; 1 Tim.6:17-18).
He also gives many warnings to the rich (Deut.6:10-12; 8:10-18; 31:20; Pro.23:4;27:23-24; 28:8,20-22; 30:8-9; Ecc.6:1-2; Isa.5:8; Mat.6:19-21; 13:22; Mk.4:19; Lk.12:15; 1 Tim.6:4-19).
Luke 18:26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? (KJV)
Rich men do NOT get salvation the same way that they get most everything else, because salvation is received by a completely different method. The rich must receive salvation the same way that the poor do. They have to meet the exact same conditions as any other who desires to access Heaven one day, and that is believing God (1 Jn.5:10-3), and accepting what Jesus did on the cross for us (Jn.3:15-18,36; 14:6; Acts 4:12).
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