1 Timothy 6 … Consider the Certainty of His Riches

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy, (6:17).

As Paul wraps up this letter to his beloved young Timothy, he briefly addresses body life outside the local assembly as it relates to slaves and masters. Although slavery was allowed by Roman law, it was God’s law that was to govern their behavior, calling all believers to adhere to the truth, that the teaching and doctrine of their faith would be both guarded and honored.

All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against, (6:1).

Paul’s ultimate concern for every believer was to know truth, and he repeats his urging to the young pastor to teach his congregation truth so that the believers would be enabled to detect strange teachings that promote opposing views and were contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; for ultimately beliefs shape attitudes, and attitudes shape actions.

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, (1 Timothy 1:3).

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge,” (6:20).

And this charge to guard the truth landed squarely on the topic of money. The Bible has a lot to say about money, as well as our attitudes and actions in the matter of our wallets. For while money is a blessing from God to provide our needs, the love of money is a major competitor vying for our devotion, drawing our hearts after temporal fulfillment and away from eternal treasures.

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs, (6:10).

As Lisa TerKeurst says, “We steer where we stare.” And if we stare at gaining more stuff, we steer away from the truth of God as our true source of sufficiency to find ourselves driving down a painful path of grief. And where we stare really reveals where our heart is also.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:19).

But this gospel that promotes worldly wealth as the goal of godliness does not agree with sound doctrine, for the interest is not in knowing Christ but in satisfying self through personal gratification and elevation rather than in the Certainty of His Riches.

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain, (6:3-5).

Today we will turn our attention away from the empty chatter of the world’s lure to place our hope on stuff and fix our focus on claiming wealth for self, as we consider the Certainty of His Riches revealed in the Truth of His Word.

Consider the Certainty of His Riches

Although His Riches truly are unfathomable, we have the Certainty of His Riches in Christ.

To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8).

  • We have the Certainty of His Riches in His Kindness, Tolerance and Patience that lead us to His gift of repentance.
    • Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:4).
  • We have the Certainty of His Riches in His Inheritance in us.
    • I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18).
  • We have the Certainty of His Riches in His Mercy and Love.
    • But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (Ephesians 2:4).
  • We have the Certainty of His Riches in His Grace in Kindness.
    • so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:7).
  • We have the Certainty of His Riches in His Supply for Every Need.
    • And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:19).
  • We have the Certainty of His Riches, which is Christ in us, the Hope of Glory.
    • to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, (Colossians 1:27).
  • We have the Certainty of His Riches in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed and Only Sovereign, King of kings and Lord of lords.
    • that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (6:14-15).

Only Jesus is Sovereign over death and life, only Jesus is Holy in His unapproachable light, only Jesus is worthy of all honor and power; only Jesus imparts the Certainty of His Riches.

 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. (6:16).

How do we respond to the Certainty of His Riches?

We considered the following verse yesterday, but oh how it bears repeating. We can rest assured that He Provides for His Own, for He has proven the Certainty of His Riches in sacrificing His own Son for us.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

God freely gives us all things. He has Richly supplied us with all things to enjoy! He Richly supplies us with all things that we would continually fix our hope on Him, that we would persistently stare at Him so that we would always steer towards the Certainty of His Riches.

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy, (6:17).

And while we know this is Truth, we also know the enemy is determined to turn our focus away from the Certainty of His Riches and tempt us to wander after the riches of this world. We too must guard the Riches of His Sound Doctrine entrusted to us as we rely on His Grace to keep us.

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you, (6:20).

Oh, that we would value His Word above the fading and empty treasures of this world as we set our heart’s devotion on the Certainty of His Riches in His God-Breathed Word.

The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces, (Psalm 119:72:).

Lord, we can never thank You enough for the lengths to which You went to save us. Lord, please forgive and correct us when we stare after counterfeit riches. Oh Lord Jesus, how we need Your grace, and we humbly thank You for leading us to the Certainty of Your Riches. And please Lord, let that be the place You find our heart.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:19).

Let’s Grow Together!

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