1 Timothy 6

1 Timothy 6:11

But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.

(a) You man of God. A Christian is not merely forgiven sinner, but a man or woman of God. In Christ, you are as godly as you can be.

(b) Pursue righteousness, not to get righteous, but because you are already righteous. The moment you were put into Christ, you became as righteous as he is. Paul is saying, “Become who you truly are.” Flee from those dead works that make you self-righteous, and run hard after those things that help you grow into the righteousness you already possess in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

(a) Fight the good fight of faith; see entry for 1 Tim. 1:18

(b) Take hold of the eternal life is the equivalent of work out your salvation (Php. 2:12) or walk in the newness of life (Rom. 6:4). Christian, you are a brand new creation and you already possess eternal life. Live like it. Don’t live like the sinner you used to be; live like the dearly-loved child of God that you are.

1 Timothy 6:15

which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

He will bring about at the proper time. Jesus will return to earth when the time is right.

It is natural to wonder when the Lord will return. The disciples asked Jesus when he would come back and he replied, “I don’t know” (see Matthew 24:36). After Jesus rose from the dead, they asked him again (Acts 1:6). This time Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by his own authority.” (Acts 1:7). In other words, “I still don’t know and it’s not your concern.” (Paul said something similar to the Thessalonians; see entry for 1 Th. 5:1.)

The timing of the Lord’s coming is the Father’s business. It is not our business. Anyone who says they know when the Lord will return is fooling themselves. If someone asks you when he will return, tell them “God will bring about at the proper time.”

1 Timothy 6:21

which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith.
Grace be with you.

Grace be with you. Paul sometimes finishes his letters by saying “the Lord be with you” (2 Th. 3:16), and sometimes he closes by saying “grace be with you” (Eph. 6:24; Col. 4:18). There is no difference (Phm. 1:25; 2 Tim 4:22). To have the Lord is to have his grace.

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