1 Timothy 6:17-21

Opening Prayer Thoughts. 

Praise God
Praise God for the truth that we possess in his Word. Give thanks that we have the Word of God in a language which we can understand, so that when we hear it being preached, we can search to see if it is the truth that is being declared. Acts 17:11.
Acknowledge Sin
Confess the sin of too often taking for granted what we hear without searching to see if it is true.

Please ask the Holy Spirit's help as you come to his Word.
Please read 1 Timothy chapter 6:17-21.
Notes previously prepared by Rev. Daniel Hempkin, Minister of Hebron RPCNA, with some slight amendments.

Ch 6:17-19. Rich in Good Works.
Paul speaks, in these verses, about those who are wealthy in earthly things. The Apostle does not condemn earthly riches, but, rather, trusts in them. Timothy is to charge the rich not to be haughty (that is, to think more highly of themselves than of others), nor to set their hopes on earthly wealth. The good things of this world are, indeed, good. They are provided by our good Creator. However, they are fleeting. They will not last into the world to come. Yesterday, we saw that those who have faith in Christ will receive everlasting life. II Corinthians 5:10 says we will appear at the judgment seat of Christ to answer for how we served Him in this life. I Corinthians 3:11-15 tells us that those who are in Christ can build upon the foundation of our salvation, either with things that will last into the next world or with things that will not make it. Likewise, in Matthew 6:19-20, Jesus teaches that we should be more concerned with laying up treasures in heaven than with storing up treasures on earth. In today's passage, Paul tells Timothy to remind the wealthy that they can lay up treasures in heaven by being rich in good works (as opposed to being rich merely in material wealth). Being generous and ready to share of the things with which God has blessed them is a means of serving Christ, so that Christians may be laying up treasurers that will not be destroyed with this world, but which will last into the world to come.
Ch 6:20-21. Guard the Deposit.
In these final verses of I Timothy, Paul tells his son in the faith to guard the deposit entrusted to him. This is not a deposit of gold or silver, but of Truth. We can tell this is the case by the things with which Paul contrasts the deposit entrusted to Timothy. It is the opposite of "irreverent babble," "contradictions" and "what is falsely called knowledge". By following false teachings, many have strayed from the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Timothy must be careful to guard that Truth and to make sure he never believes or teaches anything contrary to it. Paul's charge to Timothy is a command for every Christian, especially those engaged in the ministry of the Word. We must take great care never to believe or teach anything that does not agree with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Do not get caught up in false teachings. Do not stray from God's revealed Truth taught in the Scriptures He inspired. Believe only that which is in accord with the Gospel.
Ch 6:20-21. Grace Be with You.
Over the past two weeks we have briefly examined Paul's first letter to Timothy. As this is a letter of counsel to a pastor, it has touched on many topics. However, there has been an overarching theme of the importance of the Word of God. All doctrines taught in the Church must be founded upon the Scriptures. Nothing that does not agree with the Gospel of salvation by God's grace, alone, working through faith, alone, in Christ Jesus, alone, should be believed or taught. Timothy is to found his ministry on the Word. He must make preaching and teaching the focus of his labours. He is to train his congregation in the knowledge of God's Word, to such an extent that they will recognize false teachings and counterfeit gospels for what they really are – the doctrines of demons. These things are of paramount importance, because it is by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, alone, that sinners may be reconciled to our Creator, for it is Christ, alone, who "abolished death and brought immortality to light" (1:10). We may be tempted to think that a letter personally addressed to a pastor nearly 2000 years ago is not for us. At the most, we may think it is useful as a reference for pastors and other elders in the Church, today. However, when Paul ended this letter, he did so with these words "Grace be with you". In that short benediction, the word "you" is plural. While Paul wrote this letter directly to Timothy, he intended it to be read by all Christians. Certainly, this letter is of particular use to those who hold teaching office in the Church, but every Christian must remember to have a Word-centred life.

Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 39B. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.

Memory Verses to lay into your heart and mind. 
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 17 – Into what state did the fall bring mankind?
Answer – The fall brought mankind into a state of sin and misery.
Comment – There isn’t much to say about this other than how devasting it has been for all mankind.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.

Thank God
Thank God that we can live as he has called us to, by his grace, and in the power of God the Holy Spirit.  A life of much blessing which will ultimately end in a glorious eternal reward.
Take care in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC