If you have a Bible, and I hope you do, I invite you to open with me to 1 Timothy 6, as we prepare to finish out tonight our journey through Paul's first letter to Timothy. We have seen Paul address false teachers, the importance of prayer, instructions regarding leaders in the church, instructions regarding widows and elders and instructions to slaves and masters. He's warned us about the dangers of materialism. As you come to the end of this letter you think All right, as Paul brings this thing to a climax, to a conclusion, what is utmost in his mind that he wants to communicate to Timothy, that he wants to leave with Timothy and the church at Ephesus? What's most important, in a sense? These are the words he writes, 1 Timothy 6:11-21:
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us ...
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