1 Timothy Chapter Six
1 Tim 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.
Those that are saved and yet bondsmen, or slaves and are in servitude, are to serve their earthly masters in dignity to give God and His teachings a good Name among the unbelievers.
1 Tim 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.
Paul does not preach to "free the slaves" as these bondsmen are in servitude. Most probable to pay off a debt of some kind or another. If they have saved masters they are to serve them even more so, because they are faithful to the Lord and benefit from the bondsman's good service. Whatever job or services we are in we are to serve faithfully and give the boss good benefits from our service.
The word "servant" is also used many times in the gospels as "hired hands".
1 Tim 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;
The word "even" is in Italics in the KJV, which means the translators for some reason added it. These wholesome words are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. It doesn't mean wholesome words AND EVEN the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, as there are OTHER wholesome words. The ONLY wholesome words are the Words of Christ
1 Tim 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting (harping on) about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
The above verse describes the person that teaches otherwise and commits to OTHER words. That person is PROUD and DON'T KNOW NOTHING. So if they don't know nothing, why listen to that person
This verse will read in everyday language as this. "He, or she, is proud and don't know nothing. Always harping and questioning sound teaching because they don't know nothing. Because of this action by these people ill will is fostered in the assembly and this causes quarrels, disagreements and arguments. This causes "railings" that is blasphemous speaking against the Holy Spirit, falsification against God's Word and sarcastic speaking against men. This also causes hurtful, grievous harm to the one teaching truth"
1 Tim 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Constant arguing of "people". This word "men" is "a human being" in the Greek. It doesn't ONLY apply to men. They have corrupt minds. This word "corrupt" is to "destroy". In this case it is to argue and destroy "sound teaching". They are destitute of the truth. They are poverty-stricken in the TRITH and want to deprive, or disallow and prohibit truth. They think that gain, that is the acquisition of, is money, positions, education or "whatever" is holiness. From such "withdraw yourself".
But THIS is what God says is gain
1 Tim 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
PIETY, which is obedience to the Doctrine (teaching) of Christ with SELF SATISFACTION is GREAT gain.
1 Tim 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1 Tim 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
We should not ALWAYS be striving to BETTER OURSELVES except in the spiritual realm, or areas. This DOING ALL to GET AHEAD has got to stop at some point.
1 Tim 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.
"will be rich", that is those that WANT to have more and more, fall into sin and into the snares of the Devil. They fall into evil desires that will hurt them. They fall into destruction and that is ruin, punishment or death. The word "perdition" describes the kind of death that these people fall into to. Strong's Dictionary has it as "ruin, or loss-to die- (physical, spiritual or eternal)"
1 Tim 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.
The word "money" also means selfishness and greed. This can be selfishness and greed for ANY worldly thing, NOT JUST MONEY. They have departed from the truth, that is they neglect to hear and obey the Truth and have stuck themselves though with many sorrows. (sorrow- to go down-to sink)They have caused themselves to "go down" and sink very low spiritually.
Matt 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, (accomplishments) choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
1 Tim 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
The servant of the Lord is to turn away from these things and these people that do these things. He is to press forward in devotion to God in assurance and love and patience (endurance- patiently never giving up) and meekness. (expectation) Kind of like me saying, "keep on keeping on"
1 Tim 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.
Timothy and other ministers are to keep on keeping on and keep holding on to the teaching that brings about eternal life. Why? Because he is CALLED unto eternal life and to do the things Paul is speaking of in this letter and all other letters. Timothy has confessed a good confession, in word and lifestyle before many people. His Christian walk has been good.
1 Tim 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;
Paul commands him to "carry on" in the sight of God who makes alive all things and before Jesus Christ who also made a good confession, or disclosure, at His trial.
Pontius Pilate AND his wife declared Jesus just. (Matt 27:19;24)
1 Tim 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
The minister of God is to keep this command of the Apostle Paul unblemished and blameless until Jesus comes, then Jesus will take over where He left off some 2000 years ago.
1 Tim 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
When Jesus comes again He will show the world who is the supreme and ONLY Ruler
1 Tim 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.
Jesus Christ, who is God is the ONLY ONE who possesses immortality and to whomsoever He gives it.
1 Tim 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;
Those Christians that do good materially in this world are not to be arrogant, or overconfident. He is to "charge" them. Charge means "I command". He is not to "humbly ask them" he is to "command them".
1 Tim 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
If the Lord has blessed any in material possessions they should give much to the work of Christ and to do this willingly. Not out of a sense of obligation or fear but FROM THE HEART.
1 Tim 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
We are to lay up treasure for the time to come when Jesus will take us to heaven
Matt 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
1 Tim 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
The minister is to turn away from, that is to have nothing to do with fruitless discussions and opposing knowledge which is falsely called knowledge.
1 Tim 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
Some have already presented "intelligent knowledge" (teachings) as regards to the faith.