FEEL RICH WITH WHAT YOU GOT

1 .Some feign godliness for the sake of personal gain.

(1Ti 6:6 NKJ)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

A . As in the days of Paul, so today there are those who pretend to be teachers of the bible for the sake of personal enrichment, supposing that gain is godlines

(1Ti 6:5 NKJ)
useless wranglings1 of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

This means that there are those who use outward piety for selfish purposes.

B .The word for “godliness” meaning the external manifestation of religious devotion. the opposite of this outer expression of faith is the inner reception of god’s peace” 

(Joh 14:27 NKJ)
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

C .Outward piety can be valid if one is sincerely seeking to please god.however, Paul warns against those who teach for the sake of personal profit,”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”

(Rom 16:18 NKJ)
For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

D .Such preachers teach a different gospel, “teach otherwise” in 

(1Ti 6:3 NKJ)
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,

in reality they are “proud.” one who throws up a smokescreen to deceive others about himself”

(1Ti 6:4 NKJ)
he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,

E .They are men of corrupt, who are “destitute of the truth”

(1Ti 6:5 NKJ)
useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

teaching a health and wealth gospel and thus becoming enemies of the cross of Christ 

(Phi 3:18 NKJ)
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

F .Church leaders are exhorted not to be desirous of “filthy lucre” by

(1Ti 3:8 NKJ)
Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,

(Tit 1:7 NKJ)
For a bishop1 must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,

G .”From such withdraw thyself” 

(1Ti 6:5 NKJ)
useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

To support or join with such teachers is to also participate in their pretense.

11 .There are others who practice true godliness.

A .The same word, used in 

(1Ti 6:5 NKJ)
useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

To refer to false piety, is also employed in verse six to describe true godliness.

B .Such commendable piety comes when one is satisfied with what he has: “But godliness with contentment is great gain” 

(1Ti 6:6 NKJ)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

The word translated “contentment” in greek is autarkeia, to deem sufficient whatever one has. 

The desire to have more than what one possesses.”the only other place occurs is

(2Co 9:8 NKJ)
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

where one who has “sufficiency “is described as being able to share with others. The best givers are not necessarily those who have plenty, but rather those who consider what they have to be enough for themselves and others also.

 

 

 

 

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