“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:7
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
“The information offered in this article hopefully will bring discernment and change to the lives of those taking the time to read completely through.” You will be exposed to the Holy Spirit, who is going to reveal the true condition of our hearts. Matthew Henry (1663 – 1774) explains “No faith is justifying which is not powerful in sanctifying the heart and regulating all its affections by the love of Yeshua. We must devote and give up to God our souls and our bodies!” We will find for true faith to abide by what Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) stated we must “devote and give up to God our souls and bodies.” It will be shown there is no excuse for unbelief. We are going to recognize Yeshua being introduced in a completely different perspective. We will learn justification by faith in Yeshua is a plain doctrine. This article is filled with a large number of facts we may not have realized or may have forgotten over time and will be stimulated to recall and reactivate them.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Receive, Heavenly Father our pleas, as we humbly bow before your throne, as obedient servants. We ask Lord for you to measure our hearts reveal those areas needing your attention through the Holy Spirit. Fill us with your words, hone and shape us into the men and women you desire. Strengthen us within your will bring us to a more profound discernment and understanding of who and what we are in your eyes. Bring unto us Lord the deepest secrets of heaven to draw us closer to Yeshua. Polish us, Father, so we may shine bright and far into the darkness of the world for all to see and know we are of your Spiritual Army bringing truth and peace to those lost and ensnared. This we pray in your name Yeshua. Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
“ But godliness with contentment is a great gain.” 1Timothy 6:6.
Some contend being a believer an advantageous profession for this world. In a sense they mean this is a false, yet it is undoubtedly true that though Christianity is the worst profession, it is the best calling in the world. Those who make a trade of it, merely to serve this world, will be disappointed, and find it a sorry deal. But those who mind it as their calling, and make a purposeful activity of it, will find it a gainful calling. For it has the promise of the life which is now, as well as of that which is to come.
We hear how the Evangelist Timothy explains what excellency of contentment appears to him, the truth he lays down is “Godliness with contentment is a great gain.”
There are some who believe Timothy meant “godliness with a competency.” Meaning, if a man has but a little in this world, yet, if he has but enough to carry him through. He needs not to desire more, his godliness with that will be his great gain. For a little which a righteous man has is better than the riches of many (Psalm 37:16). Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) explains how he sees what Timothy was expressing about godliness with contentment. “ Godliness is itself great gain, it is profitable to all things. And wherever there is true godliness, there will be contentment. But those have arrived at the highest pitch of contentment with their godliness are certainly the easiest happiest people in this world. Godliness with contentment, which is, a believers contentment (content must come from the principles of godliness) is a great gain. It is all the wealth in the world. He that is godly is sure to be happy in another world. And if withal he does by contentment accommodate himself to his condition in this world he has enough.”
We find those who are proud, know the least; for they do not know themselves. Hence comes envy, strife, railings, evil-surmisings, disputes that are all subtlety, and of no solidity, between men of corrupt and carnal minds, ignorant of the truth and its sanctifying power, and seeking their worldly advantage.
Whereas the believers gain is godliness with contentment, this is the exact way to gain. The believers gain is excellent, it is not like the small gain of lust, which is the fondness of those desiring worldly advantage. Godliness is always accompanied by contentment in a significant or less degree. All genuinely godly people have learned with Paul, in whatever state they are, to be content (Philemon 4:11). Believers are content with what God allows for them, knowing that this is best for them. We should all be striving after godliness with contentment.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) details the pitfall Timothy the Evangelist should be pointing out to the people of Ephesus. It is not said, they that are rich, but they will be rich; who place their happiness in wealth, and are eager and determined in the pursuit. Those that are such, give Satan the opportunity of tempting them, leading them to use dishonest means, and other immoral practices, to add to their gains. Also, leading into so many employments, and such a hurry of business, as to leave no time or inclination for spiritual religion; leading to connections that draw into sin and folly. What crimes will not men be drawn into by the love of money! People may have money, and yet not love it; but if they love it, this will push them on to all evil. Every sort of wickedness and vice, in one way or another, grows from the love of money. We cannot look around without perceiving many proofs of this, especially in a day of outward prosperity, significant expenses, and loose profession.
The Holy Spirit lead me to the writings of the Apostle Paul in 1Timothy where he addresses the subject of avarice which had to be on his mind while writing the last portion of this Epistle. He charged Timothy to warn against the folly and wickedness of selfish hoarding. He councils Timothy on the right way of laying up treasure. He points out it is such a common heresy, and such a fatal one, to believe gold is wealth, and that wealth is the chief good.
Paul goes on to describe the “dissidence of dissent,” as he knew it through grievous experience. There were men, who had once been in possession of a sound mind, whereby to recognize and grasp the truth. And they had grasped the truth, and for a time retained it. But they had “given heed to seducing spirits,” and had allowed themselves to be robbed of both these treasures, not only the truth but the mental power of appreciating the truth. And what had they in the place of what they had lost? Incessant, contentions among themselves. Having lost the truth, they had no longer any center of an agreement. The error is manifold, and its paths are labyrinthine. When two minds desert the truth there is no reason why they should remain in harmony anymore. And each has a right to believe that his own substitute for the truth is the only one worth considering. As proof that their soundness of mind is gone, and that they are far away from the truth. Paul states the fact that they suppose godliness is a way of gain.
Believers should not suppose religious knowledge or those who follow Yeshua’s teachings, have privileges giving them any rights, or to disobey lawful commands! Paul continued to clarify his position to Timothy: ” What kind of people are they who would “suppose that gain was godliness?” He points out people have devoted their whole souls to gain, and have worshipped it as if it were Divine. But no man ever yet believed or acted as if he believed, that gain was godliness. To make money getting a substitute for religion, in allowing it to become the one absorbing occupation of mind and body, is one thing, to believe it to be a religion is quite another. Paul continues to point out how these men have fallen: The opinions of these perverted men is exactly the converse of this, not that they supposed “gain to be godliness,” but that they supposed “godliness to be a means of gain.” They considered godliness, or rather the “form of godliness,” which was all they really possessed, to be a profitable investment. Being a part of the Assembly to them was a “profession” in the mercantile sense and a profession that paid. And they embarked upon it, just as they would upon any other speculation which offered equally good hopes of being remunerative.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) brings forward the caution which needs to be expressed to those with wealth. “It, ill becomes any men, but especially men of God, to set their hearts upon the things of this world; men of God should be taken up with the things of God. There must be a conflict with corruption, and temptations, and the powers of darkness. Eternal life is the crown proposed for our encouragement. We are called to lay hold thereon. To the rich must especially be pointed out their dangers and duties, as to the proper use of wealth. But who can give such a charge, that is not himself above the love of things that wealth can buy? The appearing of Christ is certain, but it is not for us to know the time. Mortal eyes cannot bear the brightness of the Divine glory. None can approach him except as he is made known unto sinners in and by Christ. The Godhead is here adored without distinction of Persons, as all these things are properly spoken, whether of the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost. God is revealed to us, only in and through the human nature of Christ, as the only begotten Son of the Father.“
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
We have been shown that “godliness is profitable for all things.” It makes a person a better supervisor of men, a better servant to God and His followers, a better citizen, and both in mind and body a healthier and therefore a stronger person. Above all, it makes individuals happier people, because it gives them the foundation of all happiness in this life. And a foretaste of the joy in the world to come, a good conscience. A possession of such value as this cannot be otherwise than great gain, especially if it be united, with contentment. It is the nature of the godly individual to be content with what God has given them.
However, godliness and contentment are not identical, and therefore, to make it quite clear Paul states not merely “godliness.” but “godliness with contentment.”
We must measure in our hearts and mind, what form of wealth is vital to each of us as individuals. Some will find a man is well off when he has as much as he wants, that man in his heart and mind is rich who has more than he wants. What I believe we have been shown is “Wealth cannot be measured by any absolute standard.” We cannot name an income to rise above which is riches and to fall below which is poverty. When all legitimate claims have been discharged, are we satisfied with what remains for our use? Are we Contented? If we are, then we indeed are well to do. If we are not, then the chief element of wealth is still lacking. I opened this article in the pre-amble section stating we would be measured from head to toe and most likely found lacking because we have forgotten or possibly set aside some truths about ourselves. I pray they have been exposed and accepted to be corrected.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing this spiritual mirror forward so we might all have a look at our image which we present to you daily. Thank you, Father, for placing the spirit of discernment and understanding into our soul, that we might be strong to witness those areas in our lives which are lacking. We pray for your strength to be humble and receiving so we might make the corrections needed. We pray for your blessings and compassion to surround us so we might know your love is flowing through our lives. This we pray in Yeshua’s name Amen and Amen.
“Godliness with contentment is a great gain.”
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16.
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath not God said, Ye, shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
May our Lord bless all with discernment to recognize the wiles of the enemy as he presents his subtle temptations before us as fruit we shouldn’t partake.