(The Issues of Money)
1Tim 6:1 ¶ Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed
· Blasphemed- Two words Blax-stupid: Pheme –speech
2 And they that have believing masters (Greek: despot), let them not despise( Greek: think down) them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service( Greek : serve them as a bondservant or bond slave) , because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
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;
· Service – The scriptural terminology here is defined as rendering service as a “slave.”
· A slave, who had become a slave by force, or one, that continues as a bond or “love” slave of his or her master even after their due time of release, have no rights. Slaves exchanged all of their personal rights for the security of being totally provided and taken care of by their masters.
· Paul considered himself as the “love slave” of the Lord Jesus, and so must we.
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
· The above five scriptures do not utilize the word “diakonos” for servants of Jesus Christ, which is the identification of a minister according to his or her spiritual gifts and callings. The word “doulos” is used instead, which is the simple terminology for a slave.
· In every case the apostles of the Lord recognized themselves first as slaves of Jesus Christ, secondly,as ministers. We can never become effective ministers of the gospel unless our rights to career, reputation, wealth, and our future plans, have been taken to the cross.
1 John 2:15 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.
· First John two and fifteen is an example of what I call a “proportional scripture.” In other words, to the proportion that the love for the things of this world fills the limited space of our heart, is to the same proportion that the love of God has no more room within that limited space, and must leave.
· If we see the importance of our ministry as greater than that of being simple slaves of Christ Jesus without any rights, save the right to obey, the things of this world will not have been taken to the cross, and our ministry will take place in the bondage of vainglory, jealousy, bitterness and the likes. True ministry is never about numbers, money, fame, glory or recognition. It is simple moment-to-moment obedience to the Lord as He tells us where to go and what to do, whether it would be to the small or the great, the exciting or the mundane.
1Tim 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;
· Teach otherwise - Literally “Another doctrine”. Let us further study what Paul means by “another doctrine” by going to Ephesians four and fourteen.
· Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
· Greek: By the “spiritual dice playing” of men in which they work around you with the goal of implementing the methodology of error.
· When we teach, or are taught the “supposed word of God” that does not line up with “wholesome words” of scriptures, we end up teaching the “doctrines of men.”
· As you may remember from a previous study “wholesome” is a medical term that means to be “healthy”. Only a thorough and accurate knowledge of the Word of God promotes healthy teaching that will make us whole in the Lord.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; ( Greek: Suppress the truth)
· “Doctrines of men” activate the methods of error, and suppresses the righteousness of God. God’s righteousness is the visible manifestation of His glorious deeds upon the earth. If we teach, or are taught what is wrong, the activity of the Spirit of God is restricted in proportion to the error.
1Tim 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt( thoroughly corrupted) minds, and destitute (defrauded) of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness ( esteeming as the law or the custom of the land that material acquisition brings godliness): from such withdraw thyself.
· We must beware of the “financial prosperity” message! (By the way the Lord Jesus never spoke about financial prosperity, did He?) I thought He said;
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply(shall fill up) all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
· I more than any one else would like to have millions if not billions of dollars for the sake of kingdom of God. The responsibility that the Christian must have in regards to money is to keep for him or herself and likewise disperse every penny according to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of God is always in dire need of finances. However, if our motive for seeking financial prosperity is believing that God wants us to be selfishly rich because we are His rightful sons and daughters, or to protect ourselves from learning to walk on water by faith, or shunning the cross in the name of comfort, let us beware that we have not fallen into thinking that part of our Christianity has to do with the right to selfish material gain or acquisitions because the Lord wants us to prosper,
· True prosperity must first be spiritual as the Lord works it out into the physical.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
· New Testament prosperity comes from two words that mean a “good road” or a “good path”. This implies success or accomplishing in an expeditious matter what we have set out to do. If we desire to have true success in our finances as believers, our success must start with spiritual things.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
· Greek: You cannot be a slave to two lords… You will hate one, and love the other one unconditionally…you will embrace one; and think little of the other…Ye cannot be a slave to God and to material acquisitions.
· Matthew six and twenty four is another one of those “famous” proportional scriptures. To the extent that we embrace material gain for the wrong motives is to the same extent that we will think little of, and hate the Lord. By hating the Lord, I mean to say that we will hate what He requires from us that regard the yielding up of the material wealth that we dearly embrace. Our ability to obey the Lord, as Lord, will be restricted likewise to the extent that we are submitted to the lordship of material gain.
· Today, my wife and I own nothing. The house that we live in, and the van that we drive, belong to a trust fund that will eventually go to our children. It is the Lord that has done this, and I am forevermore eternally grateful to him, as well as to the Cistercian monks to whose writings I am indebted, and laid a good foundation in my life.
· If I own nothing, I have nothing to hold me down from becoming one with the Lord in the fullness of His revelation in my life. The Cistercian monks as well as other outstanding Catholic monks write that we must own nothing, so that as birds that are free, not held down by anything worldly, have the ability to fly and become married in union with the Lord Jesus in the fullness of His revelation within us. There is nothing greater than this!
1 Tim 6:6 ¶ But godliness with contentment is great gain.
· Greek (paraphrase & my thoughts) What is great gain is (not selfish material acquisition but) godliness with contentment.
· Contentment - Is a most interesting word. It is defined as the state of being so filled with the Spirit of God that the believer is self sufficient solely in the fullness of the Spirit. By this self-sufficiency I mean, that the Christian is totally free or independent from being swayed or trapped by the sufficiency that comes from external circumstances and worldly affairs. His or her sole sufficiency is in the Lord and not upon external means. This type of believers are content with having little or much, because they independently self sufficient from the world, and solely dependent and self sufficient in the revelation of the Lord Jesus.
· The cultivation of godliness must be found in the gardens of contentment and the absolute freedom from being dependent on anything else but the Lord.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
· I love how the Greek NT scholar Marvin Vincent translates this scripture; “ We brought nothing into this world because we can carry nothing out.”
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Greek: And having food and covering we shall be self sufficient in the Lord.
9 But they that will(to plan for and deliberately purpose to ) be rich fall into temptation( the trials of the devil and sin) and a snare (the same word used for a snare used to catch birds and beasts, unaware), and into many foolish(void of understanding) and hurtful( injurious) lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.( which cause men to sink into destruction and perdition)
· Destruction: Destruction has to do with numerous types of earthly calamities, bondages, and illnesses that come to plague people as they make it their chief aim to become rich.
· Perdition – Perdition can also be termed as destruction, but many times it is the outcome of the destruction brought by the love of money. Perdition can contain within it both spiritual and eternal aspects. The calamities brought by the love of money on many occasions send people to hell because the lord mammon has taken the precedence over the Lord Jesus.
Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
· The name Appollyon, which the angel of the bottomless pit, comes from the same root word for perdition. Both are defined as “destroyer” and “destruction.” I believe that that the danger of the Christian seeking material acquisitions is self-explanatory.
10 or the love of money (a fond love) is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after( to stretch out after in order to grasp) they have erred from the faith ( to be led astray from the truth and into idolatry), and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (grief, distress and pain.)
Greek: For “a”(not “the”) root of all types of what is injurious, destructive and harmful is the fondness of money
· The TDNT reference book has the following definitions for the “erring from the faith” that comes to some Christians who have a fondness for material gain. Secular deceiving, leading into idolatry, or offending the will of the Lord, is some of them.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
· I simply love the word “flee”! Our English word for fugitive comes from this word. Several dictionary definitions such as a runaway, a person who is fleeing, or someone who takes to flight describes the fugitive. My friends, we must be fugitives from the love of selfish material gain.
· Likewise, I love the word “follow after”, which is none else than the word for persecute!
· My friends, we must be fugitives from the love money and persecute instead righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness!
· Righteousness: The visible and righteous exhibitions of the works of the invisible God through our lives. Likewise, righteousness is also the outward results of the grace or labor that the Lord performs within us. We must be “living molds” of the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, the outcome of the super human labor of the revealed Christ, and not the bondage brought through our own efforts by the works of the law. Persecute this!
· Godliness A life that is entirely pleasing to God. Persecute this!
· Faith Living by “the faith of God” which is found in His rhema word, as we restrict our lives to the voice of the Spirit. Persecute this!
· Love Unconditional, sacrificial love, for our neighbor and brethren. Persecute this!
· Patience Loving endurance with the quirks and hang-ups of others. Persecute this!
· Meekness This is the conclusive mark of the “love slave” of God! It is the yielding up of all of our rights to the Lord. Persecute this!
12 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.
· Greek: Athletically agonize in the beautifully athletic conflict of faith.
· Grasp and make for your own eternal life now on earth.
· In which you have confessed a beautiful confession. (Confession is the reality of what lies inside of us as expressed outwardly through an honest mouth. A beautiful confession can only come forth from a beautiful life.)
13 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Greek Guard, and watch over carefully, in order to fully perform, the commandment without blemish, free from vice, and with nothing that the devil or man can take a hold of, or point an accusatory finger at.
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy
· Nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, “Nor to hope in the riches of uncertainty.”
· Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy Who supplies us richly from His own resources.
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
· Ready to distribute Always ready to impart with openhanded liberality.
· Willing to communicate The TDNT defines this rare New Testament word as “belonging or appointed to society” or “gladly giving others a share.”
· “Willing to communicate” comes from the word for fellowship, which is to “have in common.”
· In America we understand fellowship to mean Christian brothers and sisters getting together at Denny’s for pie or coffee. Fellowship also means our getting together for church or a Bible study.
· However the notion of “Christian fellowship” goes further than this. To fellowship in the NT fashion is to hold things in common. Christians must be ready to hold things material, emotional, and spiritual, in common with each other, as the Lord directs. “What is mine is yours” is what I am saying.
· My wife, Mary, has a wonderful story that has made a substantial impact upon my life. When she was a missionary with Youth With a Mission in England, there were many young people that virtually had to pray in their soap, toothpaste, and the expenses for the school. Mary came into the organization with a trust fund that paid her monthly expenses. The Lord had prior to this revealed to her that everything belonged to Him. Everyone that was attending the school was just the same as Mary; God loved then equally, and wanted to bless them in the just same way as Mary had been blessed. She was simply the steward of the trust fund as the Holy Spirit directed. This my friends is the meaning of “New Testament” fellowship.”
· New Testament fellowship must supercede religious tithing! This is a very important truth!
· Today, we hear more and more what I consider as sound doctrinal arguments regarding that tithing is not taught by the Lord Jesus. I believe that there is soundness in tithes and offerings. For twenty-two years I have tithed and have never lacked anything. Today, I still usually tithe and find that there is strong spiritual safety in doing it. However I find myself being governed much more by the law of fellowship. In other words at any, and in all occasions, I must be ready to impart great or small, from all my possessions whether physical, emotional, or spiritual as led by the Holy Spirit, knowing that nothing belongs to me, and that God loves and wants to bless everyone equally to me.
· If American believers would follow the “law of fellowship” more than the “religious tithe”, many more ministries and missions would be amply taken care of.
· Please observe with me the amazing Greek translation for Second Corinthians nine and six below.
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
· He which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Greek: “He that soweth upon a blessing shall reap upon a blessing.”
· What the apostle Paul has in mind when he tells us to sow bountifully is that our sowing must be of such quality and in such quantity that it will reach to produce a real blessing upon someone else. Such a man or woman will reap a blessing back from the Lord. Mother Teresa said, “We must love until it hurts.”
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
· Greek: Treasuring up for themselves a beautiful foundation into the future so that they may be free in the present time to grasp and make their own eternal life.
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