18: Closing Instructions (1Tim 6:2b-21)
Paul has just
given instructions about Timothy’s duties toward the various groups of
believers in church. Before closing the epistle, he gives more personal
instructions to Timothy and reminds him to guard what has been committed to
him. In the midst of these instructions, Paul includes two important passages
that teach the correct Christian attitude toward material wealth. Paul’s urge
to Timothy to keep the commandment also moves him to write the final hymn of
praise in this epistle.
“But you, O man of God, flee
these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience,
gentleness. 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” (6:11-12).
Did You Know…?
1. “You” (6:21): “The Greek for “you” here is
plural, indicating that, although Paul is writing to Timothy, he expects the
letter to be read to the entire Ephesians congregation.” 6/1843
2. “Some have strayed” (6:21): The word “strayed”
here means “missed the mark.”
1. The teachings that Paul instructs Timothy to
teach the believers are “wholesome words” that are based on the word of our
Lord Jesus Christ, as well as “the doctrine which accords with godliness” (3).
But Paul points out that there are those who will contradict this sound
doctrine and teach otherwise. According to Paul, why would these false teachers
want to teach other doctrines?
2. What does it mean to be godly and content?
3. Are you content with your current possessions
4. Why is godliness with contentment great gain?
5. What physical possessions should believers be
content with? Why?
6. What warning does Paul give concerning material
7a. What does it mean to love money?
7b. Why does the love of money lead to such dire consequences?
8. What should all men of God flee?
9. What should they focus on instead (note all the
commands in this paragraph)?
10. Why is our
life of faith a fight? How can we fight a good fight?
11. How would
you describe Paul’s command to Timothy (13)?
12. How did
Christ Jesus witness the good confession before Pontius Pilate?
motivates us to keep the commandment without spot and be blameless?
14. What lessons
about wealth can we learn from Paul’s instructions to the rich? What should be
our attitude toward our possessions and what should we do with them?
15. What lesson
can we learn from these teachings about the present and the future?
16. What is
Paul’s concluding instruction to Timothy?
17. What kinds
of “profane and idle babble and contradictions of what is falsely called
knowledge” should we avoid today in order to guard the gospel that we have been