Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 (Part 2)

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 Part 2

Dr. John Cook / General

Introduction

2 Timothy 1:4 KJV 1900

Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

Paul’s Heart’s Desire

“Greatly desiring to see thee”

•     Paul’s desire speaks to what should be our desire:

•     Desire to be with God’s people

•     Prayers very personal.

•     What is missing today?

•     Early Churches’ Love for One Another.

Romans 1:11 KJV 1900

For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established;

1 Thessalonians 2:17 KJV 1900

But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

•     Why the Loss?

“being mindful of thy tears”

•     Tears such as found in:

Acts 20:37–38 KJV 1900

And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, 

Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

Timothy’s tears perhaps:

•     Tears for the Difficulties Faced Alone

How to Face:

1 Kings 3:7–9 KJV 1900

And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 

And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

•     This we certainly need to stay in the ministry

•     Tears of the Absence of Close Fellowship

“that I may be filled with joy;

At the Presence of Timothy:

•     Joy of seeing his son in the ministry!

•     Joy of ministering to Timothy once more!

•     Joy for seeing the faithfulness of Timothy in the ministry!

•     Paul Needed Such Encouragement:

2 Timothy 4:9 KJV 1900

Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

2 Timothy 4:21 KJV 1900

Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

•     So do we all!

2 Timothy 1:5 KJV 1900

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Remembering:

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee”

•     Paul rejoiced at Timothy’s testimony of faith!

•     Outward actions for the Savior shows our faith to others!

•     Consider:

James 2:18 KJV 1900

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Important Because of Men

1 Samuel 16:7 KJV 1900

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Appearances Matter:

1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV 1900

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

unfeigned faithwhich dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice”

•     Christian Heritage Rejoiced In

Acts 16:1–3 KJV 1900

Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 

Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 

Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

3 John 4 KJV 1900

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Rejoicing in the Fruit of Such Faith:

Philippians 2:19–20 KJV 1900

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 

For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

Conclusion: Paul reminds:

Serve God With a Pure Conscience.

Pray for Our Brothers in the Lord.

True Faith is Unfeigned and will Stand the Trials.

Christian Should and Do Desire Close Fellowship

All Need Encouragement in the Lord’s Service.

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 (Part 1)

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Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 Part 1

Dr. John Cook / General

Introduction

2 Timothy 1:1 KJV 1900

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

Paul is the writer of the book:

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God”

Declaration of His apostleship

Authority: “the will of God”

Must know our authority!

Matches Intro in Colossians:

Colossians 1:1 KJV 1900

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

“according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

Called our Hope:

Titus 1:2 KJV 1900

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Life in the Savior:

Colossians 3:3 KJV 1900

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Jesus is my Hope:

Colossians 1:27 KJV 1900

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

My Hope is not a what but is a Who!

Jesus is my Life:

1 John 5:11–12 KJV 1900

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1 John 5:20 KJV 1900

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Jesus is the Gift and Giver of Eternal Life:

1 John 5:10–13 KJV 1900

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Jesus Gave His Life:

John 10:11 KJV 1900

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

2 Timothy 1:2 KJV 1900

To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

To Timothy, my dearly beloved son”

Addressed to Timothy, Paul’s son in the Faith!

1 Timothy 1:2 KJV 1900

Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Grace: God Giving Me What I do Not Deserve.

Mercy: God Not Giving Me What I do Deserve

Peace: God Giving Me What is Beyond My Understanding

Philippians 4:7 KJV 1900

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord”

God the Father the Source of all Blessings

God the Son the Access to all Blessings

2 Timothy 1:3 KJV 1900

I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

“I thank God”

Thanksgivings Belong to God

Revelation 7:12 KJV 1900

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul’s Heritage:

“whom I serve from my forefathers”

Paul’s Conscience:

“with pure conscience”

Romans 9:1 KJV 1900

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

Acts 24:16 KJV 1900

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

“that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day”

Constant Prayer: don’t quit praying

1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV 1900

Pray without ceasing.

Conclusion:

  • Paul the writer
  • Timothy the addressee
  • Message:
    • Jesus our Hope!
    • Jesus our Life!
  • Gifts from God to us as Christians:
    • Grace
    • Mercy
    • Peace

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 8)

1 Timothy 6:19-21

1 Timothy 6:19 KJV 1900

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

“laying up in store for themselves…”

Careful where you lay up those stores:

Matthew 6:19–21 KJV 1900

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

There is one thing that is certain, ETERNITY:

Luke 12:33 KJV 1900

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

We must not trust in uncertain riches!

Now consider:

“…a good foundation…”

Where is that foundation to be found, in the Lord:

Luke 6:48–49 KJV 1900

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Where is that foundation to be found, in love:

Ephesians 3:17 KJV 1900

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Where is that foundation to be found, in understanding and knowing the Lord:

Jeremiah 9:23–24 KJV 1900

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Neither let the mighty man glory in his might, Let not the rich man glory in his riches:

But let him that glorieth glory in this, That he understandeth and knoweth me, That I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: For in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Next, consider the time that is important:

“…against the time to come…”

The time to come is ETERNITY:

1 Timothy 6:7 KJV 1900

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

Departure from TIME is certain:

James 1:9–11 KJV 1900

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

In ETERNITY comes the Judgment Seat of Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:10–11 KJV 1900

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Then consider what we are to lay hold on:

“…that they man lay hold on…”

Hold on to our blessed hope:

Titus 2:13 KJV 1900

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

This is a LIVING hope:

1 Peter 1:3–5 KJV 1900

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Moving on we see:

1 Timothy 6:20 KJV 1900

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Paul addresses the call:

“…O Timothy…”

The addressee is:

Paul speaks directly to Timothy!

Warning that has been delivered to him:

1 Timothy 6:11 KJV 1900

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Order for direct action for Timothy to take:

2 Timothy 2:1 KJV 1900

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Furthermore:

“…keep that which is committed to thy trust…”

Faithful stewardship is required:

1 Peter 4:10 KJV 1900

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV 1900

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

The TRUST given:

1 Timothy 1:11 KJV 1900

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

The glorious gospel must be delivered in its purity:

Galatians 1:6–7 KJV 1900

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

The glorious gospel is SOUND Gospel:

2 Timothy 1:13–14 KJV 1900

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

The glorious gospel is a FAITHFUL Gospel:

Titus 1:9 KJV 1900

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Staying true to the words of God is how we show our Love for the Savior:

John 14:23 KJV 1900

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

What we are to avoid:

“…avoiding profane and vain babblings…”

Words of no profit:

“Babblings” are nothing but “hot air!”

For example:

1 Timothy 4:7 KJV 1900

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

How do we avoid:

2 Timothy 3:14–17 KJV 1900

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Furthermore:

“…and oppositions of science falsely so called…”

This is the world’s wisdom:

1 Corinthians 3:19 KJV 1900

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Strikes at the heart of educated!

“science falsely so called”

Shows they called that science which is not science!

“…science..” missing from most new bibles, replaced by “knowledge”!

What’s their problem:

Dislike their “god” being called false!

Now look at:

1 Timothy 6:21 KJV 1900

Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Path to error:

“Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…”

Who have erred:

“Some” those that put science in front of God’s words!”

Where is the true knowledge:

Begins with “the fear of the Lord”:

Psalm 111:10 KJV 1900

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever.

Found in the Savior:

Colossians 2:3 KJV 1900

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

No knowledge outside of the Savior:

Colossians 2:8 KJV 1900

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Whence comes error:

Following the world’s wisdom:

1 Corinthians 3:18–20 KJV 1900

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

1 Corinthians 2:6–8 KJV 1900

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The outcome of error:

1 Timothy 1:19 KJV 1900

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Finally:

“…Grace be with thee. Amen.”

To continue in the ministry:

We Need God’s Grace Alway

To stay faithful though others depart from the truth of God’s words!

Good test:

1 Timothy 6:5 KJV 1900

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

1 Timothy 6:10 KJV 1900

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.

1 Timothy 6:20 KJV 1900

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 6)

1 Timothy 6:14-15

Here’s the charge:

1 Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

  1. “That thou keep this commandment”
    1. What Paul is declaring here is not just a good idea or his opinion.
      1. A command to follow
        1. Command: 1 Timothy 6:11-12 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
      1. Soldiers are to obey commands
      1. Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
  2. without spot”
    1. Loose living avoided: 2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
    1. Obedient living: 2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
    1. Spot has to do with leprosy
      1. First mention: Leviticus 13:2 When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:
    1. Said another way: Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  3. unrebukable”
    1. As an obedient child of God: Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
    1. Our Lord shall present us unrebukable: Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
  4. How long: “until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”
    1. His appearing our blessed hope: Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
      1. 1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
    1. Blameless in the Savior:1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1. The day we are looking for: Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
      1. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

  1. “Which in his times”
    1. “His times” goes from the Lord’s appearing to his bride to the Great White Throne Judgment (1007 years).
    1. Our service will be revealed: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
  2. “he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
    1. God is going to let all know Who is in charge: Isaiah 45:21-25 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
      1. Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 5)

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Pastoral Epistles / 1 Timothy 6:12–13

Lesson 6/Part 5

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We consider today:

•     Our  battle 

•     Our  orders 

•     Our  Commander 

1 Timothy 6:12 KJV 1900

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

“Fight the good fight of faith…”

Call for Action

2 Timothy 2:3 KJV 1900

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Words That Show Control of Action

Fighting the Right Battle

1 Timothy 1:18 KJV 1900

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

Not a Self-Serving Battle

1 Corinthians 9:25–26 KJV 1900

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

Requires Right Weapons of Warfare

2 Corinthians 6:7 KJV 1900

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Worthless Weapons

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 KJV 1900

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Needed Weapon

Hebrews 4:12 KJV 1900

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Ends Only When Its Over

2 Timothy 4:7 KJV 1900

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

“…lay hold on eternal life…”

Now by Faith; Then Real

Philippians 1:21 KJV 1900

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Living and Waring for a Guaranteed Future

Ephesians 1:13 KJV 1900

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Assured of Guaranteed Future Keeps us in the Battle

1 John 5:12 KJV 1900

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Key is Assurance

2 Timothy 1:12 KJV 1900

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

More Than Conquerors

Romans 8:37 KJV 1900

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV 1900

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“…whereunto thou art also called…”

We are called

Romans 1:6 KJV 1900

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

1 Peter 5:10 KJV 1900

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

“…called according to his purpose…”

Romans 8:28–30 KJV 1900

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

We have a Holy Calling

2 Timothy 1:9 KJV 1900

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

We are to “walk worthy”

Ephesians 4:1 KJV 1900

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

“…hast professed a good profession…”

Surrendered to Jesus

Romans 10:9–10 KJV 1900

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Good Profession Assured:

Titus 1:16 KJV 1900

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

1 Timothy 6:13 KJV 1900

I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

“I give thee in the sight of God…”

Ordered Conduct

1 Timothy 5:21 KJV 1900

I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Paul gives Timothy orders of conduct

1 Timothy 5:21 KJV 1900

I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

God-Given Orders

Galatians 1:12 KJV 1900

For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Know our Authority Comes from God

Psalm 12:6–7 KJV 1900

The words of the Lord are pure words: As silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Like a Father to His Children

1 Thessalonians 2:11 KJV 1900

As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

“…who quickeneth all things…”

Our Lord is a Quickening Spirit

1 Corinthians 15:45 KJV 1900

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Life and Death is in His Hands

Deuteronomy 32:39 KJV 1900

See now that I, even I, am he, And there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: Neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

“…and before Christ Jesus…”

Life is in Jesus Our Savior

John 5:21 KJV 1900

For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

John 5:26 KJV 1900

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Our Service is Before the Savior and Shall be Tried of the Savior

Romans 14:10–12 KJV 1900

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

“..who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession…”

Matthew 27:11 KJV 1900

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

John 18:36–37 KJV 1900

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

John 19:11 KJV 1900

Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

Follow God

Ephesians 5:1 KJV 1900

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Followers of the Savior

1 Thessalonians 1:6 KJV 1900

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

Having seen these three facts, let us faithfully follow the Savior!

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 4)

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Introduction: Consider:

  1. What we are to run from.
  2. What we are to follow after.

Slide 3:

1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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  1. But thou, O man of God”: Speaks to pastors in particular.
    1. Whose man, are you?
      1. Can it be truly said I am a man of God?
        1. Surrendered to
        1. Controlled by

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  • The “man of God” delivers God’s message:
    • 1 Samuel 2:27 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house?

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  • Man of God is an Ambassador
    • 2 Corinthians 5:20

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  • Man of God is sent by God
    • John 20:21

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  • Man of God commanded by God
    • 2 Timothy 4:2

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  • Man of God must be faithful
    • 1 Corinthians 4:2

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  • “flee these things”
    • Run away from

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  • From WHAT?
    • teaching men’s ideas (vs. 2-5)
    • wrong supposition (vs. 6)

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  1. wrong goal (vs. 9)

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  1. love of money (vs. 10)

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  1. Example: Demas (Philemon 24; 2 Timothy 4:10)

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  • Some things are to be debated on fled.

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  • fornication: 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

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  • Youthful lusts: 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

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  • Idolatry: 1 Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

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  1. Arguments you cannot win.
    1. Run Away

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  • What we are to follow: “follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
    • Make these your goals:

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  1. Righteousness: Isaiah 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

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  1. “Look to the rock”: Hebrews 12:

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  • 1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

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  • Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

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  1. Faith: Trusting the Lord
    1. Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

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  • Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

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  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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  1. Love: Love the Lord
    1. First commandment with promise: Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

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  • Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

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  • Psalm 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

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  1. Patience: Wait on the Lord
    1. Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

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  • Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

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  • Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

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  • Meekness: Submission to God’s will
    • 2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

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  • Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

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  • Does this mean we are to be Mr. Milk-toast?

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Conclusion:

  1. God gives very definite orders for my race.
    1. Directs my running from
    1. Directs my running after
  2. Preacher, are you running your course?

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 2)

Introduction: This brings us to:

  1. The servant’s responsibility to His master.
  2. The preacher’s responsibility to the flock.
  3. The proper response to those that reject the words of God.

(Slide 3)

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.

(Slide 4)

  1. they that have believing masters”
    1. 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:

(Slide 5)

  1. 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;

(Slide 6)

  • “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.

(Slide 7)

  • In place of that attitude:
    • Serve them.

(Slide 8)

  • because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit”

(Slide 9)

  1. The benefits are going to be revealed
    1. Of the slave for faithful service

(Slide 10)

  1. 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.

(Slide 11)

  • 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.

(Slide 12)

  • “These things teach and exhort”
    • Preacher’s responsibility
      • Teach and Preach this message.
        • Far cry from our thinking today.
        • What are we to say of those that disagree with this message?

(Slide 13)

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;

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  1. “If any man teach otherwise”
    1. Watch out for what’s coming!

(Slide 15)

  • 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

(Slide 16)

  1. We are to avoid those that contradict God’s doctrine:
    1. 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.

(Slide 17)

  • 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,

(Slide 18)

  • “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.

(Slide 19)

  • “If any man…consent not to…even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ”
    • Wholesome words are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ

(Slide 20)

  • 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.

(Slide 21)

  1. 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.

(Slide 22)

  • “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.

(Slide 23)

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

(Slide 24)

  1. Here’s man’s problem: “He is proud, knowing nothing”
    1. Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
    1. 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.

(Slide 25)

  • Proud in own ignorance.

(Slide 26)

  • “doting about questions and strifes of words”
    • Doting: Excessive fondness
      • About questions
      • About Strifes over words

(Slide 27)

  • God’s command concerning:
    • 2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

(Slide 28)

  • 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?

(Slide 29)

  • Results of: “whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings”
    • Man’s pride breeds.
      • Envy: looking with hatefulness at others
      • Strife: contentious behavior
      • Railings: insulting behavior and speaking
    • These are spoken towards masters by unfaithful servants/slaves, preachers, teachers.

(Slide 30)

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.

(Slide 31)

  1. “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds”
    1. These have turned from the right to the wrong
      1. 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;

(Slide 32)

  • 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.

(Slide 33)

  • 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.

(Slide 34)

  • 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!

(Slide 35)

  • 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.

(Slide 36)

  • 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.

(Slide 37)

  • 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.

(Slide 38)

Conclusion: So, we have seen:

  1. The servant’s responsibility to His master:
    1. To obey
    1. To serve
    1. To honor
  2. The preacher’s responsibility to the flock.
    1. Preach this message.
  3. The proper response to those that reject the words of God.
    1. Reject those that reject the truth of God’s words.
    1. Avoid them
    1. Withdraw from them

Join us for our next lesson of the Pastoral Epistles, lesson 6, part 3.

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 3)

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Introduction: In our previous lesson, part 2 of our study, we saw

  1. The servant’s responsibility to His master:
    1. The preacher’s responsibility to his flock.
    1. Proper response to the rejecters
      1. 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.

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1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

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  1. This is what we need: “godliness with contentment is great gain”
    1. A truth that God tells us: godliness is gain when found with contentment.
    1. If you want gain, seek godliness with contentment.
    1. Godliness is living in the will of God, not in my will.

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  • 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.

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  • Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

            Slide 9

  • Context is servants/slaves to masters!

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1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

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  1. The value of earthly possessions:
    1. 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.

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  • 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.

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1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

            Slide 14

  1. The necessities of life: “food and raiment”
    1. 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.

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  • Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

            Slide 16

  • “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

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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.

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  1. “But they that will be rich”
    1. Strike at money!
      1. 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.

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  1. Like Lot of old:

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  1. 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.

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  • “Lifted up his eyes”

            Slide 22

  • 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.

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  • Thorns:
    • 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.

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  1. 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.

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  • 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;

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  1. 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.

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  • Destruction
    • 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.

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  • Perdition: entire loss
    • Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

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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.

            Slide 30

  1. “For the love of money is the root of all evil”
    1. A hated verse by the world and the religious world.
      1. 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

                        Slide 31

  • 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

                        Slide 32

  • Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

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  • Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

            Slide 34

  • 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.

            Slide 35

  • pierced themselves through with many sorrows”
    • Pierced themselves: like a man that stabs himself.
      • Ulcers, worry, loss of sleep, loss of contentment, etc.

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  • 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.

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Conclusion:

  1. Get Godliness with Contentment!
  2. Remember Nothing Came, Nothing Leaves!
  3. Be Content with That Which God Provides!
  4. Be on Guard against the Danger that Lurks!
  5. Love the Lord and You Will Not Love Money!