For the Love of Money
- Tuesday, November 13, 2012
So far, we can ascertain that Paul is warning Timothy that, the love of money, which we have just determined is a Christian teaching that equates godliness is a means of gain, is something that we need to flee from. Instead of following that teaching, we need to:
-Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness
-Grab the gift of eternal life which we have through Jesus Christ and share THAT message
17-19 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. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
Before he switches gears, Paul instructs Timothy on how to minister to those who are already rich:
-Warn rich people how their riches are temporary, how they lead to temptation and how they cause people to wander away from the faith
-Teach them to instead be rich in righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness
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