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1 Timothy 6:11-21 Inductive Bible Study Notes, Cross References, Outline, and Discussion Questions

Paraphrase and Cross References:


11. But as a man of God you should run away from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. (Col 3:2, Php 3:7-14)

12. Fight the good fight of faith; grab onto the eternal life that God called you to and which you have already confessed in front of many witnesses (Ephesians 6:10-17).

13. I exhort you in the presence of God, who is the life-giver, and Christ Jesus, who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,

14. that you keep the command without fail or condemnation until our Lord Jesus Christ appears,

15. and He will come at the proper time – He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

16. who alone is immortal and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man can ever see. To Him be honor and eternal power! Amen. (Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5)

17. Tell those who are rich in this world not to be puffed up or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain. Instead they should set their hope on God, who richly gives us all things to enjoy. (mention verse David mentioned, can money buy the gift of God?)

18. Tell them also to do good, being rich in good deeds, to be generous and quick to share, (Ephesians 2:10)

19. building for themselves the real treasure of a true foundation for the future so that they can grasp onto life indeed. (James 1:9-12, Php 3:20-21)

20. O Timothy, watch over what has been given to your care, avoiding worldly and empty talk and the opposing arguments of what is called falsely, “knowledge”- (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)

21. which some have followed and therefore gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.




I.                   Love of truth (11-14)

a.      Zealous for righteousness (11)

b.     Warrior of God (12-14)

II.                Benediction (15-17)

III.              Principles for wealthy believers (17-19)

a.      Trust in God (17)

b.     Be generous (18)

c.      Have the right perspective (19)

IV.             Final warning (20-21)

V.                Closing (21b)




How does verse 11 connect with the verses we studied last week? Flee from what things? Practically speaking, how can we flee from the love of money?

Are you pursuing, striving after these virtues? Or are you simply floating along?

What fight is Paul referring to?

Have you ever felt that you were in this kind of spiritual fight? Describe it to us.

How would it look like in your life if you were dedicating yourself to obeying the commands in verses 11-12?

Eternal life is something that God gives us so how can we lay hold of it? Is it possible to grip this world and eternal life?

When will Jesus come back? How should His return affect our lives now?

What is the commandment in verse 14?

So what attitude should rich believes have towards their money?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being rich? (look at from spiritual perspective)

What command was to be given to them?



Teaching Points-


The phrase “man of God” occurs 78 times in the Bible. It is used of Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, David, and some other prophets. It is used to refer to men who had an official function serving God. In the Old Testament it is used basically the same as the word “prophet”. In the New Testament the phrase only occurs twice, both times in Timothy. It clearly carries the idea of a servant of God, a minister serving in an official capacity in God’s church. It is also an honorable title. Finally, it shows Timothy his perspective should not be on the riches of this world, but He should set His mind on God and the things of His kingdom.


11. The “man of God” should be single-minded. These virtues will not come naturally or easily. We need to labor and work for it (1 Timothy 4:10)


12. If you don’t fight and “agonize” you will be swept away by the evil forces. We need to grip onto the eternal life that God gives us and not let go. Again that means we need to set our mind on the things above. We need to labor and strive for godliness. We need to discipline ourselves. It also carries the assumption that we need to “let go” of the things of this world. We can’t grasp onto both things at once (analogy from Indiana Jones).


14. This commandment could refer to the whole Word of God, or perhaps the commands in verses 11-12.


15. Jesus will come back at the proper time, the perfect time, not too early and not too late. It could be anytime. This should motivate us to godly living.


17-19. Here Paul gives Timothy instructions for rich believers. It is not sin for them to be rich. Being wealthy comes with both advantages and disadvantages for the believer. One major danger is rich people tend to trust in their money instead of in God. They make plans based on their bank account instead of based on trust in God. Another danger is it can draw the focus of a believer downward instead of upwards. However, God blesses a believer with wealth (remember it should not be strived after) then a believer is responsible to be a good steward and has many opportunities to be generous and share. God will hold them accountable for how they use their money, selfishly or selflessly. Finally, they will receive great rewards for eternity if they use their wealth wisely.




Flee – Pheugo: to run away (literally or figuratively), to shun, sometimes translated to escape.


Gentleness – Praus: mild, humble


Fight – From the Greek word comes the English word “agonize”. Was used in “military and athletic endeavors to describe the concentration, discipline, and extreme effort needed to win.” Spiritual conflict with Satan’s kingdom.


Ready to give – Liberal or bountiful.


1 Timothy Notes Chapter by Chapter

1 Timothy 1:1-11 1 Timothy 1:12-20
1 Timothy 2
1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 4:1-8
1 Timothy 4:9-16
1 Timothy 5:1-16
1 Timothy 5:17-25
1 Timothy 6:1-10 1 Timothy 6:11-21


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