1Ti 6:1-6; Php 4:12; 1Pe 2:15-21; Gal 3:26-28; 1Jo 3:16-17; 2Co 8:9; Mar 8:36; Col 3:22-24; Isa 53:7; Psa 4:6-8.
1TIM-16-201227 - length: 71:33 - taught on Dec, 27 2020
Slaves, false teachers, and the congregation generally.
The behavior of the congregation can help or hinder the progress of the gospel message.
Contentment in any circumstances.
At that time, there were millions of slaves in the Roman Empire.
Slaves were the exclusive property of their masters, and they had no control over their lives.
Regardless of circumstance,
the slave was to give honor to his master.
But nowhere was the church instructed to combat the institution of slavery.
Rather, in Christ, slaves and masters were to treat one another as brothers.
Paul will show how their false teaching breeds discontent.
Forget teaching the saints about their obligations to one another.
They won’t teach on suffering. That might expose their fraud.
The last thing they want to talk about is following Christ’s example.
They think that their wealth is a sign of God’s favor.
They turn their ministry into a business.
They are incapable of being content with what they have.
Material gain is not godliness. Far from it.
What greater gain can a man receive than to be brought from death to life?
If a slave can be content with his circumstances, how much more ought we to be content with ours?
The Lord is your shepherd. He will never deny you any good thing.