“1 Timothy 6:11-16”
Categories: 1 Timothy
“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 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. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”
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As we run away (flee) from the love of and longing for money (verse 10), we are to run toward (pursue) “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness” (verse 11). A godly, righteous life marked by meekness, faith and love does not happen by accident. It must be pursued with diligence. It must be fought for (verse 12). Faith is a “good fight” not a “pleasure cruise”. We need to “take hold of,” lock on to, the salvation that Jesus hung upon the cross to provide for us.
We enter into the “good fight” after we make the “good confession” before we are baptized into Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. Timothy made the good confession of his belief that Jesus is the Christ in the city of Lystra before his baptism, just like the Ethiopian eunuch did on that desert road as recorded in (Acts 8:37). When Peter made this good confession in Caesarea Philippi, Jesus told him that “upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18).
Our salvation depends upon the truth, the confession, the conformity to a life worthy of the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. The Father made the declaration from heaven more than once that Jesus was His Son in whom He was well pleased (Matthew 3:16-17; 17:5). When Pilate asked Jesus if He was “the King of the Jews,” He responded, “It is as you say” (Matthew 27:11). This was the good confession of His Messiahship before Pontius Pilate (verse 13), that He is the King of a kingdom not of this world (John 18:36).
To the “blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords” be all the glory, “honor and eternal dominion!”
Please read 1 Timothy 6:16-21 for tomorrow.
Have a blessed day!
- Louie Taylor