Verse 1 – Let as many servants 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.
This advice is not limited to a slave. It also carries to a person who serves. The slave was to be obedient and not show any dishonor even if their master was not a Christian. We can take this and compare it to: Do you work for a company or an individual? Well, your Christianity reflects in how you treat people.
Verse 2 – 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.
Verse 3 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness,
Verse 4 – he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,
Verse 5 – useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw.
Paul tells Timothy to stay away from those who just wanted to make money from preaching the gospel and who have strayed from sound teachings of the gospel. We don’t study and learn Scripture just so we can argue with others.
Verse 6 – Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
Verse 7 – For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we will carry nothing out.
Verse 6 is the key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment. Our lives should honor God and center our desires on Him and be content with what He is doing in our lives.
Verse 7 is another reason that we should be content with what God has given us. It makes no sense to work only to accumulate “Stuff!”
Verse 8 – And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
How many Christians do you know, that are truly content with what they have? Or how many Christians do you know that are never satisfied, always complaining about what they lack?
Verse 9 – 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.
The reference here is to those in whom getting rich becomes the object of earnest desire, and who lay their plans for it. When that is the case, there will be many temptations to get what they want by any means!
Verse 10 – 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 sorrow.
The expression here is saying – “all kinds of evils grow out of a love for money.” The “love” for money is the source of the evil. Greed leads to all kinds of problems in; relationships, business, and even in a marriage. Greed is a selfish an excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed. It’s never enough.
Verse 11 – But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33), and that verse alone should take care of the attitude that might slip up about “the love of money!”
Verse 12 – 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.
Let me just say one thing here: Sometimes in life, through trials, we will have to fight to hold onto our faith. So don’t think it strange that when bad things start happening, that God has deserted you. You hold on to what you know is truth, and God will bring you out!
Verse 13 – 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,
Verse 14 – that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,
Verse 15 – which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings and Lord of lords,
Verse 16 – who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
To put it bluntly – Jesus Christ is head of all including the church of God, not the pope!
Verse 17 – 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.
Verse 18 – Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
Verse 19 – storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Paul told Timothy to command the rich, not a suggestion, to do good with their money and possessions. As Christians, our security comes form a relationship with Christ, not money and possessions.
Verse 20 – O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and vain babbling’s and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge –
Verse 21 – by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
The book of 1 Timothy provides guiding principles for our local churches today in public worship and qualifications for overseers. Pastors are to correct incorrect doctrine and to deal lovingly and fairly with all people int he church. The church is to glorify Christ and bring the Good News to all !