Introduction: We are continuing our study on the Pastoral Epistles, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. We have seen the importance of studying the words of God, the importance of reminding, and shunning man’s empty and foolish questioning of scripture.
Now we are reminded of the stability, and responsibility, that is ours.
The Stability (2 Timothy 2:19)
“Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure”
The foundation (cf. Eph.2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11)
The unbelief of man does not make the words of God empty.
Faith may be shaken
Not so the foundation of God.
“having this seal”
Seal of ownership and authority (cf. Esther 3:12)
We are “sealed” (see Eph. 1:13)
“the Lord knoweth them that are his” (cp. John 10:14)
Only 3 people know whether saved or not (God, me, the devil—Dr. Peter Ruckman)
This is the guarantee of my salvation.
2 seals (This one; and Hebrews 13:5)
This is my eternal security.
The Responsibility (2 Timothy 2:19ff)
“Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”
Received the Savior, leave the paths of sin.
This is my duty to the Savior. (cf. Luke 17:10)
Reject false doctrines wicked behavior that appeals to the flesh.
Usefulness (2 Tim 2:20)
“a great house” (cf. 1 Tim. 3:!5; Heb 3:6)
What a truly great house is our Lord’s.
“vessels of gold…silver…honour”
“vessels” people believers
“vessels” people “make-believers”
“Make-believers” could be Christian that pretends things that are so are not so; and things that are so are not so”
What makes the difference?
Difference (2 Tim. 2:21)
“If a man therefore purge himself”
Personal behavior, choice
These speaks to the false doctrine, and false teachers, that some have followed.
Separation required for purging. (Negative)
“he shall be a vessel unto honour…meet for the Master’s use”
Separated believer (Negative that brings about a positive.)
Studier of the Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
Obedient to the Lord’s Leadership (Example: Acts 16:6,7,9-10)
“meet” (cf. Gen. 2:18)
Separated to the Savior (cf. Rom. 6:13,19)
“prepared unto every good work”
Preparation for service.
Run Away (2 Tim. 2:22)
“Flee also youthful lusts”
We are not to argue the point, nor stay in its neighborhood.
Run quickly like Joseph (cp. Gen. 29:7-12)
Required of a “vessel unto honor”
We are going to walk one way or the other, choose the way of the Lord.
Don’t try to live in a vacuum (Replace the negative with the positive)
“put off” “put on” (Eph 4:22,25 with 4:24; 6:11)
Avoid (2 Tim. 2:23)
“foolish and unlearned questions”
Repeated warnings show danger and avoidance needed.
Example: Genesis 3:1
Purpose is not what we are to be focused on.
Restrictions to Service (2 Tim. 2:24,25)
“must not strive”
Violation of vs. 23 will lead to violation of vs. 24
Deals with personal work, personal soul-winning or counseling. (NOT preaching)
Flip side in preaching (cf. Rom. 15:20; 1 Thess. 2:2; Tit. 1:13; 1 Tim. 2:20; 2Tim 4:2; Acts 9:29; 1 Cor 15:36; Phil 3:19; Rom 3:8)
Importance of “rightly dividing word” for right application.
Introduction: We enter now on obedience to the scripture that is changed in every so-called updated bible. This is the only place in Scripture where we are told to “study” God’s word. Who would want to remove that????
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
“Study” a work in itself (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
Previous Timothy called to suffer, now he is called to his work.
Introduction: John has seen the woman that is “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” He wonders at the sight of her and is not able to identify her at that time. The angel Then goes on to identify her to John and to us.
The Angel’s question to John. (Vs. 7)
“Wherefore didst thou marvel”: A certainty that this does not just deal with pagan Rome of John’s day.
No question as to pagan Rome’s opposition to believers in his day.
“I will tell thee the mystery of the woman…the beast”: No guess work needed, God’s words identify them both.
The identity of the beast. Vs. 8
“The beast that thou sawest was…is not…shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…go into perdition”
A person that was in the past, is not in John’s day, shall come out of hell in the future and shall return to hell.
Satan the imitator.
Judas (?) was, is not alive in John’s day, is in hell shall come out of hell and return to hell.
Judas is called a devil (John 6:70)
Judas is called the son of perdition (John 17:12 cp with 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4): direct connection to antichrist.
Judas is said to go to his own place (Acts 1:24-25)
Introduction: We have now seen how the Lord works by sevens through the Book of Revelation, 7 seals (Rev. 5), 7 trumpets (Rev. 8), 7 thunders (Rev. 10:3), 7 vials (Rev. 15). Now we come to the 7 Dooms (Larkin). We shall consider the 1st Doom beginning in Revelation 17.
Ecclesiastical Babylon (Revelation 17) “mystery Babylon the great”
Revelation 17 and 18 are not the same Babylon.
Mystery deals with religious Babylon (Rev. 17)
Identified in Revelation 17
Called mystery because hidden in OT (cf. Eph. 3:1-21)
“mystery” that Christ has a bride (cf. Eph. 5:23-32 with Rev. 21:9-10)
“mystery Babylon” is the antichrist’s bride.
Built on Euphrates, 1 of 4 rivers that flowed through the Garden of Eden.
Built by Nimrod (Gen. 10:8-10)
Headquarters of idolatry.
Idolatry of graven images, confession, priests, and nuns.
Origination of the Pontiff of Rome; worship of the queen of heaven.
John Called to “Come, hither” (Rev. 17:1)
“I will show unto thee”
One of the 7 angels that had the 7 vials.
“the judgment of the great whore”
This which John was about to see was a religious prostitute
Sold herself to the world leaders.
“sitteth upon many waters”
We will see the interpretation the “waters” in verse 15/
John Is About to See this “Whore” (Rev. 17:2)
“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication”
She is guilty of fornication with the world leaders
“the inhabitants of the world have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication”
The world is intoxicated with her.
John is “carried…into the wilderness” (Rev. 17:3)
There he sees “a woman sit on a scarlet coloured beast”
Connection to the devil (cp. Rev 12:1-4,9)
“full of the names of blasphemy”
They are both blasphemers of God and His words.
“having seven heads and ten horns” (cf. Rev 13:1)
Filthy and Filthy Rich (Rev. 17:4)
“the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls”
Is rich in the things of this world (cp. Rev. 3:17)
“purply and scarlet colour”
Colors of the Papacy.
“having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication”
Connection to Babylon (cf. Jer. 51:7)
Literal icon produced showing the queen of heaven holding the cup on the back of the beast.
Flip side the image of the Pope.
So, like the Antichrist (Rev. 17:5)
“upon her forehead was a name written”
As God marks His own (Rev. 14:1)
So, antichrist marks his own (Rev. 13:16,17)
“the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth”
Out of her come harlots and abominations.
Identified with idolatry and rebellion against God (cf. Gen. 10:10; 11:9)
Idolatry is associated with sexual immorality and wickedness.
Hatred Made Manifest (Rev. 17:6)
I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints…of the martyrs of Jesus”
She is a drunk.
See this in history: the Inquisition
“when I saw her I wondered with great admiration”
John is shocked at what he sees.
Could not just be speaking of pagan Rome of john’s day, no shock there
Shocked at religious Rome.
Mystified by John’s Marveling. (Rev. 17:7)
“the angel…Wherefore didst thou marvel?”
The angel is shocked that John does not understand.
“I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”
Four id’s about to be revealed!
Conclusion: We will pick up our study next time. What we have seen:
John is shown a woman that is seen in the OT as “the queen of heaven” (see. Jer. 7:18)
Babylon is identified with religious Rome.
A filthy religious organization and filthy rich like Laodicea.
Introduction: As we have said before, in our study on Just a Thought on Revelation, it seems we are taken through the Tribulation 4 times (like the 4 Gospels).
Here destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19 cp. Revelation 18:2; 14:8)
3 simultaneous accounts (not chronological). (under antichrist Revelation 12-14; under vials 16:19; details of the event 17-18)
Second coming of Christ not yet occurred.
Gathering the troops of the nations (Revelation 16:13-16)
Post Tribulation Rapture (Revelation 16:15)
Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19)
Revelation 17-18 description of Revelation 16:19.
Post-Tribulation rapture (Revelation 16:15)
Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19)
Then 2nd Advent occurs (Revelation 19:11)
Revelation 17-18 describes Revelation 16:19
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” (Revelation 16:17-18)
Note: At the pouring out of the 7th vial, the breaking of the 7th seal, the sounding of the 7th trumpet the same things occur.
Voices, thunderings, great lightenings, great earthquake
Note: At the pouring of the 7th vial, sounding of the 7th trumpet: Great hail storm
Shows what happens at the 7th seal, trumpet, vial same period pf time
7th seal reveals, 7th trumpets announces event to come, 7th vial executes them.
7th seal broken “silence in heave; 7th trumpet and 7th vial “Great voices”
“it is done”
Christ declares from the cross “it is finished” (Finished salvation)
Could be Christ declaring that the wrath of God is finished.
“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” (Revelation 16:19)
God pays Babylon what she is owed. (Described in Revelation 18).
“And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Revelation 16:20-21)
Mountains leveled, islands destroyed.
Change the contour and shape of Land of Palestine and surrounding changed
Introduction: Today we are going to consider “the battle of the Great God Almighty.” A battle that shall take place in Armegeddon (the hill of the crowded) and the valley of Megiddo (Valley of Esdraelon).
God’s coming gathering place for the nations of this world. (Revelation 16:16)
We will consider this scripture in light of Revelation 16:1-15.
Seen previously (Revelation 9:13-16)
Trumpets and vials are simultaneous
Middle of Tribulation (Possible last month of)
Setup (Revelation 16:12)
“the great river Euphrates dried up”
Prophesied (Isaiah 11:15-16)
Remnant of Israel from Assyria to return
Kings of the East gathered for battle against Almighty God.
Deception (Revelation 16:13)
Note the word “like” (not literal)
Sent forth from the satanic trinity
“spirits of devils” (Revelation 16:14)
Sent to deceive as Apostle Paul speaks (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
Heal, tongues, raise dead.
Example: Revelation 13:3
“to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
Man is facing the unsheeted wrath the Lord God Almighty; the outraged Divine, Sovereign, Almighty God.
God “a man of war” (Exodus 15:3)
Called “captain” (Hebrews 2:10)
Timing (Revelation 16:14, 15)
Second coming of our Savior “come as a thief”
Unexpected (Luke 12:39; 1 Thessalonians 5:2)
No surprise to the believer (1 Thessalonians 5:4)
Time of no mercy (2 Peter 3:10)
Location (Revelation 16:16)
Armageddon: hill of the crowded
200 million troops crowded into the place
Prerecorded history (Joel 3:11-16)
“valley of Megiddo”: Valley Esdraelon
Perfect plain for war
Lord returns in wrath and vengeance on His enemies
Stomped under His feet, blood flows to the horses’ bridles, 160 miles down the Kishon to the Jordan River.
Conclusion: No “sweet little Jesus boy” here. Here is the man of war, the captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10), the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14).
Miss peace now, war is in your future. How shall you win against the Lord God Almighty? Answer, you won’t!
“the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood”
Literal (?): Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Will do all possible to destroy Israel: Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness
God can do miraculously above all that we could ask or think: Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed”
Since he cannot harm the hidden, he goes after the remaining remnant.
These had not heeded the warning to flee: Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Staying where God tells you to leave is a really bad idea.
No one to blame but themselves for being in harm’s way.
“which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”
Faith and works in Tribulation Period: cp. Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Not true today:
Cp. Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
True in Tribulation Period: Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Cp. Matthew 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Cp. Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Is it possible then to lose salvation? Not today.
Conclusion: This is the conclusion of our study on Just a Thought on Revelation 12.
The proper response to those that reject the words of God.
1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
“they that have believing masters”
Servant/Slave towards saved master: Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
Ephesians 6:5-6 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
“let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service”
Don’t hold them in contempt, nor abhor them
This would be natural from man’s standpoint.
In place of that attitude:
“because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit”
The benefits are going to be revealed
Of the slave for faithful service
Of the master for just and equal treatment: Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
When: Colossians 3:24-25 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
“These things teach and exhort”
Teach and Preach this message.
Far cry from our thinking today.
What are we to say of those that disagree with this message?
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
“If any man teach otherwise”
Watch out for what’s coming!
Paul says in 1 Timothy 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
Other doctrine: men’s opinions
We are to avoid those that contradict God’s doctrine:
They are pleasing fables: 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Then God says he is proud, knows nothing, hung up on strife and railing: 1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
“If any man…consent not to wholesome words”
“Wholesome words” give good health
Are good for us: Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Are not to be resisted, but surrendered to.
“If any man…consent not to…even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Wholesome words are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
“If any man…consent not… to the doctrine which is according to godliness”
The doctrine is that which comes from godliness.
Consenting not is a rebellion against God.
What we are to do: Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Here’s man’s problem: “He is proud, knowing nothing”
Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Proud in own ignorance.
“doting about questions and strifes of words”
Doting: Excessive fondness
About Strifes over words
God’s command concerning:
2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
Marks of the carnal man:
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
These are spoken towards masters by unfaithful servants/slaves, preachers, teachers.
1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
“Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds”
These have turned from the right to the wrong
Use God’s words to teach what God’s words don’t say: 1 Timothy 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
Their minds are corrupt; filled with errors: Titus 1:15-16 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
“destitute of the truth,”
Forsaken and deprived of the truth
There is no truth in them: John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Like unto their father the devil.
“supposing that gain is godliness”
Point to how many believe them, what great reputation among men they have, or possessions.
Think all of this points to the fact that they are godly.
Newer bibles: ESV, ASV, NKJV: “godliness is a means to gain”; Living Bible: “a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy”; changes message!
So, what are we to do? “from such withdraw thyself”
RUN AWAY! These are people we are to stay away from.
Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Conclusion: So, we have seen:
The servant’s responsibility to His master:
The preacher’s responsibility to the flock.
Preach this message.
The proper response to those that reject the words of God.
Reject those that reject the truth of God’s words.
Withdraw from them
Join us for our next lesson of the Pastoral Epistles, lesson 6, part 3.
Introduction: In our previous lesson, part 2 of our study, we saw
The servant’s responsibility to His master:
The preacher’s responsibility to his flock.
Proper response to the rejecters
Reject those that that reject the truth of God’s words.
In our study today we are going to look at:
Contentment and the lack thereof.
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
This is what we need: “godliness with contentment is great gain”
A truth that God tells us: godliness is gain when found with contentment.
If you want gain, seek godliness with contentment.
Godliness is living in the will of God, not in my will.
1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Context is servants/slaves to masters!
1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
The value of earthly possessions:
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Luke 12:20-21 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
The necessities of life: “food and raiment”
Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
“let us be therewith content”
That which we are to be content with is less than most of us find in our estimation of contentment
1 Timothy 6:9 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.
“But they that will be rich”
Strike at money!
those that love money: 1 Timothy 6:10 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.
Like Lot of old:
Genesis 13:10-13 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
“Lifted up his eyes”
“fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition”
Temptation: to lie, cheat, soften the message, outright change the message, etc.
Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Proverbs 1:17-19 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Lusts: after property that is not theirs, or prosperity, etc.
Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Here’s the deceitfulness: 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Example, Balaam: Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
Perdition: entire loss
Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
1 Timothy 6:10 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.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil”
A hated verse by the world and the religious world.
Newer bibles: “for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”; ESV: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”
When we fall in love with money, we will do anything to gain it.
The root feeds the appetite of the plant
It is our motive for all we do or don’t do
Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
“which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith”
Like Demas:2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
“pierced themselves through with many sorrows”
Pierced themselves: like a man that stabs himself.
Ulcers, worry, loss of sleep, loss of contentment, etc.
Like the servant of Elijah: 2 Kings 5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
The context of verses 1-10: Servants/Slaves to their masters.