1Ti 6:9, 17-19; 4:4; Psa 127:2; 4:7-8; Luk 6:35;12:33-34; Eph 2:10; 4:28; Heb 13:16; 2Pe 1:11; 1Jo 3:12; Gal 6:8-10.
1TIM-19-210117 - length: 69:24 - taught on Jan, 17 2021
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Instruct those who are rich
Verses 9-10 describe those who want to get rich.
They need to practice the virtue of contentment.
Verses 17-19 instruct those who are already wealthy.
They need to practice the virtue of generosity.
Desiring wealth you do not have.
Setting your hope on the wealth you do have.
One is to think more highly of yourself than you ought.
The other is to think you can rely on wealth rather than on God.
There is no guarantee that your wealth will be there for you when you need it.
Relying on your own wealth is a risky bet. Relying on God is a sure thing.
Let me say that again: God wants us to enjoy all the things that He gives us.
By hoarding your wealth, you miss out on the best investments for the future.
Not for this present world.
The Greek word group for rich (riches, richly) is found four times in these three verses.
Then it moves to God richly supplying us. And, finally, being rich in good works.
As Christians, we are all called to be rich in good works, and to be generous.
for yourselves now
the first fruits
of the age to come.
That you may take hold of that which is life indeed - eternal life.
We already have eternal life.
We need to take hold of it.
We take hold of eternal life by being rich in good works.
Loving one another as Christ has loved us is talking hold of eternal life.