1 Timothy

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1 Timothy 6:9-10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

In today’s world, if you have enough money, you can purchase almost anything. Notice, I said “almost.” There are some things which money simply cannot buy. Money can buy physical pleasure, but it cannot buy love. Money can purchase a structure we would call a house, but it cannot build a home. Money can buy temporal enjoyments to suit every desire of the flesh, but it cannot by joy. Money can obtain every form of security one can imagine, but it cannot buy peace. With enough money, you can find your way into a position of prominence and power within a church, but you cannot purchase your own salvation.

The love of things and, as a means to those things, the love of money has led many people down a path of destruction, a path of sorry. The things we all seek, love, joy and peace, were all purchased for us. Though none of them were purchased with money. They were purchased for us with the blood of Jesus Christ. They are the result of salvation, of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God within the believer. In fact, they cannot be purchased. This is another of Paul’s many contrasts for us. Men seek the joy that only God can offer, but, in their selves, they purchase happiness which is fleeting with the moment.

Moreover, one who is not careful will allow his wealth to become his security. With wealth, one may soon believe he has no need of God. Thus, as the rich man forgets how he came into the world, and how he should be content, he wanders further and further away from God and from the realization of his need for salvation. Thus, his love for money becomes his undoing.

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1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

In the previous passage, Paul was discussing the cancer of a man teaching a false doctrine in the church. Now, we see the contrast. Paul is showing us that we should be content where we are. He illustrates this by reminding us how we came into the world: naked, with nothing.  From there, anything we have is a gain. If we have clothing, we are better off. If we have a roof over our head, we are better off. If we have food in our stomach, we are better off. He adds that with those things, we should be content.