Opening Prayer Thoughts.
Praise God that we, because of his work of releasing us from the bondage of sin, can engage in seeking to put to death specific sins in our lives. Praise God that we can 'work' to be holy, by taking good decisions in our lives to seek and do the will of the Father. Romans 6:17, 1 Peter 1 :13-16.
Confess the sin of not understanding that the way of Christ is hard and requires difficult decisions to be made. Pray that the Holy Spirit would help you to mortify sin, and to intentionally pursue holiness.
Please ask the Holy Spirit's help as you come to his Word.
Please read 1 Timothy 6:11-16
Notes previously prepared by Rev. Daniel Hempkin, Minister of Hebron RPCNA, with some slight amendments.
Ch 6:11. The Man of God.
Teachers of falsehood are often motivated by a love of money, which produces all kinds of evil. Paul tells Timothy to flee these things, calling him a "man of God". Timothy is the only person in the New Testament who is called a man of God. In the Old Testament, the expression "man of God" refers to a man called by God to speak His Word. Therefore, we can easily see how Paul's words to Timothy apply to preachers of the Gospel. Nevertheless, it is fair to say that everyone who is in Christ is a man or woman of God, and, thus, we, each of us, can rightly apply these words to ourselves. We must flee the love of money and all the evils it produces. By contrast, we should pursue several things: 1) Righteousness – doing that which God has commanded; 2) Godliness – revering and rightly worshiping God; 3) Faith – trusting God; 4) Love – being self-sacrificial in our service to God and treatment of our neighbor; 5) Steadfastness – being patient and persevering in our service to Christ and His people; and 6) Gentleness – being meek, humble, and gentle in our treatment of others.
Ch 6:12-16. Fight the Good Fight.
Paul has previously admonished Timothy to pursue godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness: now, he encourages the young minister to "fight the good fight of the faith". This is similar to his command in chapter one that Timothy "wage the good warfare", but, this time, Paul uses the word from which we get our English words "agony" and "agonize" to speak of the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged. Obedience to God is always good, because God is good, and His commands are good. However, in a fallen world, obedience is an agony – a struggle. It is a struggle against sin within ourselves, against the sinfulness of the world and against Satan and all his servants. Therefore, although Timothy has been granted eternal life by no merit of his own, but only by the free gift of God based on the merits of Jesus Christ, Paul tells him to "lay hold of eternal life", that is, grasp it and cling to it (much as Jacob held fast to God in Genesis 32). Timothy is to make the good confession of Christ's Lordship even as Jesus, Himself, did before Pontius Pilate, even as He faced great suffering and His impending death (John 18:33-38). In a world that is against Christ, being Christ-like, growing in righteousness, and serving Him will be a struggle; it will be agony, and it may bring us great suffering before we receive the glory God has promised for all who are in Christ. Fight the good fight of faith. Struggle: agonize to lay hold of the things that are consistent with one who is born again and who has made the good confession that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9).
Ch 6:13-16. The King of Kings.
As Paul encourages Timothy to fight the good fight and make the good confession, he reminds him of several attributes of God. First, His Power: In verse 13 he says God is the One "who gives life to all things". He is the Creator and Sustainer of everything. Without Him, the world would never have existed and without Him it cannot continue to exist. Second, His Providence: In verse 14, Paul writes of the promised return of Jesus and in verse 15 he says Christ will appear "at the proper time". All things work according to God's timing, which is an aspect of His Providence, whereby He upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions and things (Westminster Confession of Faith, 5.1). Third, His Perfection: The word translated as "blessed" in verse 15 is a Greek term that speaks of being fulfilled, content, and at peace. When used to describe God, it speaks of the fact that He lacks nothing; He is Perfect. Fourth, His Sovereignty: In verse 15, Paul calls Him "the only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords". All authority rests in, and issues from, Him. Every other ruler is under Him. (Note, also, that, in Revelation 17:14 and 19:16, Jesus, specifically, is called "King of kings and Lord of lords". There is no question that Jesus is God.) Fifth, His Eternal Being or Immortality: In verse 16, Paul says God "alone has immortality". God, alone, is self-existent, and, therefore, only He has always been and only He will exist forever of His own accord. For anyone or anything else to last forever, God must sustain him, her, or it. Lastly, His Holiness: In verse 16, Paul tells us God "dwells in unapproachable light" and, thus, "no one has ever seen or can see" Him. While God manifests His glory in various ways and has come to us in the Person of Jesus Christ, His divine nature is invisible and even holy angels cannot look upon the fulness of His glory (Isaiah 6:2). In that sense, He is unapproachable and apart from His creation; He is Holy. Rejoice and be confident since you serve such a wondrous God.
Ch 6:13-16. The Appearing of Jesus Christ.
Paul speaks in verse 14 about the promised return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Greek word that is translated (in the ESV) as "appearing" is the word from which we get "epiphany". While God is Spirit and, thus, His divine nature cannot be seen, He has chosen at times to manifest His presence in ways that can be seen by human beings. The Burning Bush of Exodus 3, the Man who wrestled with Jacob in Genesis 32, the Angel of the LORD who appears in Judges 6 and 13, as well as the many other appearances of God recorded in Scripture are epiphanies. The greatest epiphany, so far, is when God not only appeared, but incarnated (that is, took on human flesh) in the Person of Jesus Christ. The last and greatest epiphany will occur at the return of Jesus. Following His resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven. In Acts 1:11, His disciples, who saw Him go, are told by angels, "This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven". Other Scriptures, such as I Corinthians 15:51-54, II Corinthians 5:10, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-12 and Revelation 20:11-15 give us more information about Christ's return. From these and other passages we learn that Jesus Christ will return to earth from heaven in the flesh. He will raise the dead and judge everyone. Those who have saving faith in Him, and for whose sins Jesus has already paid the penalty, will be judged for how well they served Him and will enter into everlasting life – to live forever in glory with Christ in the new heavens and new earth. Everyone else will receive the everlasting punishment of the lake of fire.
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 39B. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
It is a privilege to lay into our hearts and minds the light and truth of God's Word.
Ephesians 2:4-8. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;”
Truth for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 16 – Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first disobedience?
Answer – Since the covenant of life was made with Adam for his descendants as well as for himself, all mankind descending from him in the ordinary manner, sinned in him, and fell with him in his first transgression.
Comment – Adam was the natural head and parent of the race, and it was fitting that in the test God set he should act as a representative person, and not as a mere individual. He was like a mountain climber to whom we’re roped so as best to reach the top. But when he fell we fell too. The words 'sinned in him', and 'fell with him' do not mean that we personally committed Adam’s sin, but rather that his sin is reckoned to us according to the representative principle, so that we are justly charged with its penalty and are involved in its consequences. Jesus, as true man, is descended from Adam as we are, but not in the ordinary manner
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.
Thank God that we, who have saving faith in Christ, will enter into everlasting life – to live forever in glory with Christ in the new heavens and new earth.
Take care in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC